Working Groups

From its twenty-five member centers based at academic institutions around the country to its headquarters at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an office in the heart of Washington, DC, the Inter-University Program for Latino Research is building a national network to support Latino scholarship. IUPLR's principal objective since its inception has been to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary, and comparative research on the nation's major Latino groups. IUPLR seeks to accomplish this objective through the development of working groups as vehicles for conducting Latino research.

Areas of Research

  • Border Affairs and Globalization
  • Cultural Citizenship
  • Demographic Transformations and Impacts
  • Health and Human Conditions
  • Immigration and Civil Rights
  • Latina Issues
  • Latino Arts and Culture
  • Latino Education
  • Latino Families and Community
  • Latino History
  • Latino Politics
  • Latino Spirituality and Religion
  • Migration
  • Population
  • Social Science and Public Policy

At the heart of our mission is an intellectual project to create the infrastructure necessary to rethink the ways in which Latinos have been understood and interpreted, included and excluded, and, ultimately, represented and ignored by policies. IUPLR’s facilitation of interdisciplinary and inter-university working groups has ensured that such research can be conducted. Through a variety of multidisciplinary groups that are inclusive of new and seasoned scholars, as well as students, from a range of universities, IUPLR has contributed to various fields of thought, created one of the first national data banks about Latino voting behavior, inspired national conferences, as well as acted as a clearinghouse for census data.

A critical goal for the founders of IUPLR was to have an impact on policy. Many policy centers have since emerged that focus on Latino issues, among them is the important growth of centers in Latin American universities studying outgoing migration. In the next few years, IUPLR will be looking for ways to partner with these policy advocates in order to share the research done and, in turn, have conversations about research priorities informed by those involved in developing policies. Transnational work characterized some of the early working groups of IUPLR, and we look forward to reflecting this in our research working groups. And in reflection of IUPLR's involvement in a series of educational activities aimed at undergraduates and graduates, we are exploring ways of increasing the number of students dedicated to policy-oriented research that could have an impact on Latino communities.

If you are a scholar who is interested in creating or participating in a new working group, please take a look at the Working Group Guidelines, as well as the Working Group Application and the Application for Funding. We are now accepting applications. Deadline for submission is 3/1/2018. Please contact Cynthia Brito, the Director of the Chicago Office, with any questions:

You may also find descriptions of active working groups, as well as an archive of past working groups, below: