University of Washington

Undergraduate Students


Undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Latin American and Caribbean Studies are welcome to join the student-led undergraduate organization, LACSA.  To connect with the current LACSA leaders, please send an email to with the phrase "new LACSA student" in the subject line.  In 2011-2012, LACSA organized a conference entitled "Conceptualizing Development in Latin America." (See Conference photos below).  Students who are interested in organizing the Spring conference in the 2012-2013 school year, please send an email to

You can also follow some of our undergraduate student travel and academic blogs here. If you would like for us to share your blog, please email us at with the phrase "share blog" in the subject line.

UW Brazil Club
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Best Student Paper in Latin American and Caribbean Studies


The call for papers will be sent out in the Spring for 2014.


2013 Winners:

Ramiro Reyes, "Sorry, No Hablo Mixteco:Transnational Migration, Indigenous Language, and the Promotion of Ethnic Consciousness via Hybrid Discourse"

Aaron Dentler, "Idealism Gone Astray: An Analysis of the Alliance for Power in Brazil"


2012 Winners:

Liam McGinty, "The Gaucho and Argentine Identity"

Christine Woodward, "Viva a Revolução – Sent from my iPhone: Politics, culture, and the Fora PM movement"




A big congratulations to all  of the LACSA students who organized the 2012 Spring Student Conference!  The  conference was a huge success and we look forward to another conference next Spring. Conference images below.  For more photos, visit the LACSA page by clicking here.


Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Box 353650, 419 Thomson Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 616-0998
Advising: (206) 543-6001

Dr. Josť Antonio Lucero

Dr. Linda Iltis
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001

Joni Marts
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001

Deb Raftus
LACS Librarian

Monica Rojas-Stewart
Assistant Director
(206) 616-0998