Latin America


A wide range of departmental, campus, and regional resources enrich student life and learning. The vibrant Latin American Studies Center brings together faculty and students across campus working on topics related to Latin American and the Caribbean for conferences and lectures. The University Libraries have invested in the Latin American history collection over the past decade, targeting collection development in themes of greatest interest to graduate students in the Department of History.

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies, housed within the Department of History, engages professors and students in dialogue with leading international scholars in seminars and conferences organized annually around a theme. In recent years, the Miller Center's annual themes have included globalization, religion, visuality and history, empire, and the body and body politic. The Miller Center provides funding for conferences and workshops organized by the graduate students themselves, both within the History Department and across departments and campuses.

In addition, students have many opportunities to interact with the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, and the Consortium on Race, Gender & Ethnicity, all of which sponsor outside speakers and conferences and offer interdisciplinary dialogue and resources for graduate students. 

The Baltimore-Washington region houses invaluable archival resources for student research in the history and cultures of the Americas. In addition to the College Park facility of the National Archives and Records Administration, located minutes away from campus, Latin Americanists have ready access to the vast multidisciplinary holdings of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution; the museum and library of the Organization of American States; specialized holdings of the National Agricultural Library in Greenbelt, the National Medical Library in Bethesda, as well as other regional institutions including the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, which specializes, among other things, on pre-Columbian art and culture, and the Interamerican Development Bank. The archives of AFL-CIO leader George Meany, recently acquired by the University of Maryland, include voluminous documentation of US-Latin America labor relations.