IUPLR Member Institutions and Centers

CUNY Dominican Studies Institute 

The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue
North Academic Center 4/107
New York, N.Y. 10031-9198
Director: Ramona Hernández, Ph.D.
Phone: 212-650-7496, Fax: 212-650-7489
E-mail: rahernandez@ccny.cuny.edu

Founded in 1992 and housed at The City College of New York, the Dominican Studies Institute of the City University of New York (CUNY DSI) is the nation's first university-based research institute devoted to the study of people of Dominican descent in the United States and other parts of the world. CUNY DSI's mission is to produce and disseminate research and scholarship about Dominicans, and about the Dominican Republic. CUNY DSI is the locus for a community of scholars, including doctoral fellows, in the field of Dominican Studies and sponsors multidisciplinary research projects. The Institute houses the Dominican Archives and the Dominican Library, the first and only institutions in the United States collecting primary and secondary source material about people of Dominican descent. In 2010, the Institute opened its Archives and Library facility to art exhibitions, thus becoming the first exhibit space in New York City devoted exclusively to work by and about people of Dominican descent.

Center for Latino Research 

DePaul University
2320 North Kenmore Ave., SAC, 5A-H
Chicago, IL 60614
Director: Elizabeth C. Martínez, Ph.D.
Office Manager: Lisa Avila
Phone: 773-325-7316 (general); 773-325-4373 (Director)
Fax: 773-325-7166
Email: emarti71@depaul.edu / lisa.avila@depaul.edu

The Center for Latino Research (CLR) reflects the commitment of DePaul University to extend classroom learning and research to public and community service. CLR’s goals are to open and sustain dialogues which invest in the empowerment and recognition of Latino communities. To that end, to create learning opportunities for scholars, while forging collaborations with local, national, and international research partners.

Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños 

Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue, Rm. E1429
New York, NY 10021
Director: Edwin Meléndez, Ph.D.
Phone: 212-772-5695, Fax: 212-650-3673
E-mail: edwin.melendez@hunter.cuny.edu

The Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños/ Center for Puerto Rican Studies is a university-based research institute whose mission consists of two components. One is to collect, preserve and provide access to archival and library resources documenting the history and culture of Puerto Ricans. The other is to produce, facilitate, and disseminate interdisciplinary research about the diasporic experiences of Puerto Ricans and to link this scholarly inquiry to social action and policy debates.

Cuban Research Institute 

Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Deuxieme Maison, 445
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
Director: Jorge Duany, Ph.D.
Tel: 303.348-1991
Fax: 305.348.7463
Email:  joduany@fiu.edu

The Cuban Research Institute (CRI) at Florida International University (FIU) is dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about Cuba and Cuban-Americans. The institute encourages original research and interdisciplinary teaching, organizes extracurricular activities, collaborates with other academic units working in Cuban and Cuban-American studies, and promotes the development of library holdings and collections on Cuba and its diaspora. Founded in 1991, CRI is a freestanding entity within the School of International and Public Affairs and works closely with FIU's prestigious Latin American and Caribbean Center. Located in Miami, 228 miles from Havana and amidst the largest Cuban diaspora in the world, CRI is the nation's leading center for research and academic programs on Cuban and Cuban-American issues. No other U.S. university surpasses FIU in the number of professors and students of Cuban origin.

Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
City University of New York (CUNY)
524 West 59th St., Room 8.63.00 NB
New York, NY 10019
Chair: Lisandro Pérez, Ph.D.
Administrative Coordinator:  Jacqueline Nieves- jnieves@jjay.cuny.edu
Phone: 212.237.8708 or 212.237.8749
Fax: 212-237-8664
Email: loperez@jjay.cuny.edu

The Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is dedicated to multi-disciplinary teaching and scholarship in the areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, Latinas/os in the United States, and race and ethnicity in the United States. The curriculum is taught by faculty with expertise in a variety of disciplines including criminal justice in the United States, international criminal justice, law, history, culture, psychology, sociology, human rights, politics, and literature. The curriculum offered by the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies incorporates innovative analyses, interdisciplinary approaches, global perspectives and best teaching practices in courses that promote a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and political forces that influence our society. The department offers a Minor in Latin American and Latina/o Studies as well as an Honors Minor in Latin American and Latina/o Studies. Courses offered by the department also play an important role in a number of majors offered at the College. The department is actively engaged in research and also sponsors a Law School Prep Program to help prepare students for law school.

The Julián Samora Research Institute 

Michigan State University
219 S. Harrison Road, Room 93
East Lansing, MI 48824
1407 S. Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48823-5286
Director: Rubén Martínez, Ph.D.
Phone: 517-432-1317, Fax: 517-432-2221
E-mail: mart1097@msu.edu

The Julián Samora Research Institute is committed to the generation, transmission, and application of knowledge to serve the needs of Latino communities in the Midwest. More specifically: Generation of a program of research and evaluation to illuminate the social, economic, educational, and political condition of Latino communities; transmission of the research findings to academic institutions, government officials, community leaders and private sector executives, through publications, convening public policy seminars, workshops, and private consultations; provision of technical expertise and support to Latino communities for the purpose of developing policy responses to local problems; development of Hispanic human capital, including leadership development, empowerment, and education. The Institute has current research/outreach initiatives that target the needs of the Hispanic community in the areas of economic development, education, and families and neighborhoods.


Center for Mexican American Studies  

University of Houston
Agnes Arnold Hall
3553 Cullen Boulevard, Room 323
Houston, TX 77204-3001
Director:  Pamela Anne Quiroz, Ph.D.
Phone: 713-743-3134
Email:  paquiroz@uh.edu

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at the University of Houston was established in 1972 as an interdisciplinary academic program encompassing the liberal arts, education, and social sciences focusing on the Mexican American and broader Latino experience in the U.S. Its mission is to advance knowledge, promote critical thinking and foster the value of service to the community. This involves designing a broad spectrum of public and scholarly programs. Located within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, CMAS has evolved into an academic unit with several major components: teaching, research and publications, recruitment and retention, leadership training, academic advising, and community service.

César E. Chávez Institute

San Francisco State University 
College of Ethnic Studies
1600 Holloway Ave. PP750
San Francisco CA 94132
Director: Belinda Reyes, Ph.D.
Phone: 415-405-7586
Email: reyesb@sfsu.edu 

Inspired by César E. Chávez’s commitment to social justice activism, CCI is dedicated to examining, documenting, and providing strategies to address the effects of social oppression on communities of color and groups that have traditionally faced discrimination in the United States. The Institute focuses on processes that empower communities and individuals in their struggles for inclusion, equality, and self-determination, highlighting already present sources of resiliency and strength. We seek to serve as a bridge between academic research and community action, addressing critical policy issues confronting communities of color. In our work, community partners are not merely the objects of research and intervention but also active participants in the formulation of research questions, in the processes of investigation, and in the meaningful documentation of findings. Our intention is to generate accessible, timely, and useful results to policymakers, service providers, educators, and community advocates. Guided by 40 years of scholarship, critical studies, and action at the College of Ethnic Studies, we support the missions of the college and of San Francisco State University through innovative projects and programs that strengthen scholarly and policy research, community engagement, and nonviolent social action.

Smithsonian Latino Center 

Smithsonian Institution
600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 7042, MRC 512
Washington, DC 20024
Executive Director: Eduardo Díaz, J.D.
Staff Assistant:  Adrián Aldaba
Phone: 202-633-1240, Fax: 202.633.1132
E-mail: diazedo@si.edu

Created in 1997, the Smithsonian Latino Center works pan-institutionally with the entire network of Smithsonian museums, research centers, program and almost 200 affiliates nationwide to ensure that Latino culture, achievement and contributions are celebrated and recognized.  The Smithsonian Latino Center ensures that Latino contributions to the arts, sciences, and humanities are highlighted, understood, and advanced through the development and support of public programs, research, museum collections, and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian. The Latino Museum Studies Program provides a national forum for graduate students to share, explore and discuss the representation and interpretation of Latino cultures in the context of the American experience. It provides a unique opportunity to meet and engage with Smithsonian professionals, scholars from renowned universities, and with leaders in the museum field.


Center for Latino Policy Research

University of California, Berkeley
2420 Bowditch Street, #5670
Berkeley, CA 94720-5670
Director: Patricia Baquedano-Lopez, Ph.D.
Phone: 510-642-6903, Fax 510-643-8844
E-mail:  pbl@berkeley.edu 

The Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR) was founded in 1989 in response to the challenges of limited educational, political, and economic opportunities facing the Latino/Chicano population.  The Center’s goal is to leverage the complexity of the Latino experience in the United States in order to shed light on the myriad factors that affect the distribution of material, social, and political opportunities within U.S. society.  Not only are Latinos the nation’s largest minority group, but studying Latinos requires an intersectional approach which takes into consideration issues of race/phenotype, gender, class, age, sexuality, national origin, migration status, generation, and language use.  We accomplish our mission through the conduct of community-engaged research projects that, in collaboration with our organizational partners, work to inform local, state, and national policies that affect Latinos.  Our work aims to foster community participation in the research process, redefining how the university relates to the community and also ensuring that our research products are relevant to and reach those most directly affected. The result is a set of policy solutions rooted in rigorous academic research and applied practice.


Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies

University of California at Davis
2102 Hart Hall
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Director: Carlos Francisco Jackson, Ph.D.
Phone: 530-867-0947, Fax: 530-752-8814
E-mail: cfjackson@ucdavis.edu

The Chicana/o Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program of research, teaching, and student support intending to provide U.C. Davis students an opportunity to understand and work with the experiences, values, cultural representations, and socio-economic issues of the Chicano/Latino community. The program includes a dedicated faculty of accomplished research scholars, excellent support staff, a curriculum strong in the use of theory and analysis of the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality, a dedication to fostering excellent student research, and support for community service activities. The Chicana/o Studies faculty is nationally recognized for its contributions to Chicana/o Studies scholarship.

Chicano Studies Research Center 

University of California, Los Angeles
193 Haines Hall, Box 951544
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1544
Director: Chon Noriega, Ph.D.
Assistant Director:  Javier Iribarren, MSW-PsyD
Phone 310-825-2363, Fax: 310-206-1784
E-mail: cnoriega@ucla.edu

Since its founding in 1969, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) has established a national reputation for cutting-edge research that addresses the needs, impact, and contributions of the Chicano and Latino populations in the United States.  Current CSRC research projects focus on public health, education, law, economic security, media impact, and the arts, while the CSRC grants, fellowships, and visiting scholars programs support research across all disciplines.  In addition, we house and provide public access to the largest Chicano archival holdings in California, run an award-winning academic press, curate groundbreaking exhibitions, and sponsor free public programs year-round.  The CSRC's efforts represent a dynamic model for achieving the UCLA institutional priorities of academic excellence, civic engagement, and diversity.

El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies

University of Connecticut
Beach Hall Room 413
354 Mansfield Road Unit 2137
Storrs CT, USA, 06269-2137
Director: Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, Ph.D. (on sabbatical) 
Please contact: Dr. Charles R. Venator-Santiago
860-486-9052    F: 860-48603347
365 Fairfield Way, U-1024
Storrs, CT 06269-1024
Phone: 860-486-4177, Fax: 860-486-2906
E-mail: mark.velazquez@uconn.edu

The Institute of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies was founded in the Fall of 1994, as a multipurpose interdisciplinary research and teaching program with a comparative focus on the Puerto Rican, Mexican, and other Latin American origin populations in Connecticut, the northeast, and other regions of the continental United States, as well as in Puerto Rico.

Latin American and Latino Studies Program 

University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S. Morgan St.
1525 University Hall
Chicago, IL 60607
Director: Amalia Pallares, Ph.D.
Phone: 312-996-2445, Fax: 312-996-1796
E-mail: amalia@uic.edu

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program is an academic program offering courses on Latin America and Latinos in the United States. An interdisciplinary program with its own faculty, it focuses on Latin American history and politics, Mexican-Chicano/a studies and culture and the migration and development of Latinos in the United States, with emphasis on Chicago and the Midwest.

Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development & Public Policy

University of Massachusetts-Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393
Director: Lorna Rivera, Ph.D.
Phone: 617-287-5790, Fax: 617-287-5788
E-mail: Lorna.Rivera@umb.edu

The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy was established in 1989 at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Latino community activists and scholars founded the institute to respond to a need for improved understanding of Latino experiences and living conditions in Massachusetts. The mission of the institute is to inform policy makers about issues vital to the Commonwealth's growing Latino community and to provide this community with information and analysis necessary for effective participation in public policy development. Institute research projects are intended to be relevant and useful to policy-makers and Latino groups. With an advisory board comprising Latino academics and leaders of the Latino community, the Gastón Institute seeks to set research and policy goals that reflect the interests of the community it serves.


Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains
University of Nebraska-Omaha
Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 102
Omaha, NE 68182
Director:  Cristián Doña-Reveco , Ph.D.
Phone: 402-554-3835
Email: cdona@unomaha.edu

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies is interested in combining academic excellence with real-world engagement in order to advance our understanding of Chicano/Latino/Latin American peoples and the critical issues affecting these populations. This is achieved through the following goals: (1) Develop policy-oriented and community-relevant research; (2) Create learning opportunities for students and communities beyond the classroom and across borders; and (3) Establish strategic and egalitarian community partnerships and strengthen our mutual capacity to address urgent issues and long-term challenges confronting Latinos/Latin Americans within and beyond the region.

Latino Research Center
University of Nevada-Reno
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557-0042
Director: Emma Sepulveda
Phone: 775-784-1110
Email: emmas@unr.edu

The Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno serves as a nexus between the Latino community and the university. Its mission is to foster research, student achievement, faculty collaboration, advocacy, and outreach in a manner that best meets the educational needs and goals of the State of Nevada and best honors the intellectual and cultural capital of the Latino presence in our state.

Southwest Hispanic Research Institute 

University of New Mexico
MSC02 1680
1 University of New Mexico
1829 Sigma Chi Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Director: Barbara Reyes, Ph.D.
Administrative Assistant:  Maurice A. Kivlighan- mkivligh@unm.edu
Phone: 505-277-2965, Fax: 505-212-0342
E-mail: breyes3@unm.edu

SHRI has conducted a long list of successful activities, including initiating and coordinating the development of interdisciplinary research projects by University faculty who specialize in Southwestern and Hispanic studies; sponsoring lecture series, symposia, research competitions, colloquia, and conferences on timely issues critical to the growing Hispanic regional population; and disseminating research and other project outcomes by way of working papers, monographs, public exhibitions, and video documentaries. Topics specific to the social, political and economic systems of New Mexico as a state in the region, with emphasis on contemporary problems and action research, are also supported and emphasized by SHRI researchers. Topic examples include Spanish-English bilingualism in New Mexico (cultural and language rights); political behavior and comparative political traditions; ethnic relations and cultural pluralism in New Mexico; oral histories and local studies of Hispanic urban neighborhoods and rural communities; policy approaches to the maintenance of family and community and services delivery to Hispanics; political economy of natural resources in New Mexico; and regional development impacts on traditional societies (land grants, water rights, community self-reliance), to name a few.

Institute for Latino Studies 

University of Notre Dame
230 McKenna Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0764
Directors: Luis Fraga, Ph.D. & Timothy Matovina, Ph.D.
Phone: 574-631-1141, Fax: 574-631-3522
E-mail: Luis.Fraga@nd.eduMatovina.1@nd.edu

The Institute for Latino Studies plays a pivotal role in providing an academic environment at Notre Dame that advances knowledge and understanding of the Latino experience in the United States. Founded in 1999 upon the outstanding intellectual tradition in Latino studies established at Notre Dame by Julián Samora (professor in the Department of Sociology, 1959–1985), the Institute seeks to enhance interdisciplinary study and research in Latino studies as a vital component of the University’s academic mission. The Institute is committed to maintaining a balance among research, education, and outreach in a distinctively Catholic tradition. The Institute is supported by a strong research infrastructure that has the capability to carry out research in many important areas central to our nation’s future, including population studies, Latino religious life in the United States, education, and a variety of changing economic, social, and policy-relevant issues that affect Latino communities.


Center for Mexican American Studies 

The University of Texas at Austin
West Mall Building, Suite 5.102, MC F9200
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712
Director: John Morán González
Phone: 512-471-3531
E-mail: imgonzal@utexas.edu

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) focuses on Mexican American scholarship and educational programs on the University of Texas campus, and is a national leader in teaching, research, and publications. Since its creation in 1970, CMAS has worked to enhance our understanding of the Mexican and Mexican American experience, as well as the broader Latino experience, and to strengthen the presence of Mexican Americans and other Latinos in the intellectual terrain, both within and beyond US borders. CMAS accomplishes its mission by offering an undergraduate degree program with concentrations in public policy, pre-law, and cultural studies and a doctoral portfolio program. In addition, the Center offers an extensive public programming calendar throughout the academic year.

Chicano Studies 

University of Texas at El Paso
Graham Hall, Room 104
500 W. University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968
Director: Dennis Bixler-Márquez, Ph.D.
Phone: 915-747-5462, Fax: 915-747-6501
E-mail: dbixlerm@utep.edu

Established in 1970, the Chicano Studies Research Program offers an academic program with a B.A. degree and four minor areas of specialization. In addition, it sponsors research, development and service projects that contribute to policy formulation relevant to the Chicano-Latino community in the U.S.-Mexico border region. In addition, the program publishes three monograph series to disseminate research and policy information. The Chicano Studies Research program has exchange agreements in the areas of research, teaching and publications with institutions of higher education and policy centers in the U.S., Mexico and Cuba. The program coordinates events and research with other entities on campus while serving as a clearinghouse for faculty and community entities on Chicano-Latino issues. The Chicano Studies Research Program has operated The Community and Policy Scholars Program (CPSP), under the auspices of the IUPLR, for several years. This program has trained several successful community leaders, many of whom are now in graduate school or working in leadership positions in the region.

UTSA Mexico Center 

University of Texas at San Antonio
501 W. Durango Blvd.
Monterey Bldg., Room 2.260
San Antonio, TX 78207
Director: Harriet Romo, Ph.D.
Phone: 210-458-2849, Fax: 210-458-2569
E-mail: harriett.romo@utsa.edu

Established in October 2005, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Mexico Center's primary goal is to address and generate transnational dialogue and research on public policy issues that affect the people of Mexico and the United States in the hope that this dialogue will translate into bilateral and cooperative policy recommendations. The Mexico Center aims at shifting the emphasis in the discussion of key issues from political and unilateral to academic, analytical, and bilateral. UTSA is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System and the fastest growing university in Texas. It is a key border/South Texas center of education, prominent for its inclusion of Hispanic faculty, staff, and students. An Hispanic-serving institution, UTSA provides education opportunities for large numbers of historically underrepresented students. To accomplish its goals, the UTSA Mexico Center collaborates with several Mexican or Mexico-related organizations and institutions both in Mexico and the United States. Among them are the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, the Universidad de Chapingo, the Instituto de México in San Antonio, and Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together.

Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) 

Wayne State University
656 W.Kirby, Room 3327 F/AB
Detroit, MI 48202
Director: Jorge L. Chinea, Ph.D.
Associate Director:  Ethriam C. Brammer, Ph.D.
Phone: 313-577-4378, Fax: 313-993-4073
E-mail: jchinea@wayne.edu 

The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (formerly known as the Center Chicano-Boricua Studies) originated as the Latino en Marcha Leadership Training Program in 1971.  It was created by two community agencies: Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LA SED), and New Detroit, Inc.  In 1972 it became an academic center at Wayne State University.  As one of the first undergraduate academic programs focusing on Latino/a Studies in the Midwest, CLLAS has a one-stop shop format that combines student services, Latino/a advocacy on campus, community outreach and research.  Presently, CLLAS houses two learning communities: the CBS Scholars Program and the College to Career Program.  It serves as a training ground for students working in labor organizing, education, government, private industry and the non-profit sector where expertise in Latino/a and Latin American Studies has added professional value.

Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

Northern Illinois University
515 Garden Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115
Director: Christina Abreu, Ph.D.
Associate to the Director: Simon Weffer, Ph.D.
Phone: 815-753-1531
E-mail: latinostudies@niu.edu

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) serves as a home for the interdisciplinary study of the Latino experience in the United States as well as Latin America and the Caribbean. Our curricular offerings in the humanities, arts, and social sciences are enhanced by our academic and cultural programming and community outreach activities. Our undergraduate minors and graduate students gain advanced knowledge and understanding of Latin American and Caribbean history and culture and engage in close examination and analysis of the social, economic, and political challenges facing Latinos in the United States. We seek to help students develop their critical thinking, research, writing, and oral communication skills, while also encouraging them to consider their responsibilities to the local and global communities to which they belong.