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Comprising one of the most culturally diverse regions on the planet, the countries that constitute Latin America present a dynamic social, historical, and aesthetic panorama. Offering courses in Anthropology, Art, Architecture, and Design, History, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, and Spanish, the Latin American Studies (LAS) program at Lehigh University offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Latin America. LAS also features a Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowship, and routinely offers a Latin American Film Series and lectures by LAS faculty and invited speakers. Learn more about the Minor in Latin American Studies

For further information or to coordinate your minor program, students should contact Professor Matthew Bush, Director, Latin American Studies Program, 31 Williams Hall, Room 423 or matthew.bush@lehigh.edu or 610-758-3087. Download a minor declaration form, or visit the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, 31 Williams Hall, Room 101.

Faculty Research and Program News 2015

Tenure Track Position Available:  The Department of English and the Latin American Studies Program at Lehigh University welcome applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of U.S. Latino/a Literature, with particular emphasis on mainland Puerto Rican and/or Dominican-American letters or expertise and interest in gender and sexuality and/or film and media studies.  Click Here to Apply

Congratulations to Professor Matthew Bush, Director of Latin American Studies on his latest publication.
Technology, Literature, and Digital Culture in Latin America 

Mediatized Sensibilities in a Globalized Era



Modern Languages and Literatures: Border Writers
(University Relations, April 9, 2015)

For many, Tijuana is not aesthetically pretty. With a population of 1.3 million people, it is grimy and loud, as with any large city, and lacks the colonial architecture or history found across Mexico’s interior. The growth of Tijuana is recent, but the city’s magnificence lies deeper and is brought to surface by writers living here. The work of four Tijuana authors is the focus of research by Miguel Pillado.

Alyssa Autieri, Kathleen Costello, Maria Cuenca, Cristina DeScisciolo, Susan Jensen, Paige Mandy, Brenda Martinez, Holly Meister, Jessica Moore, Shannon Nelson, Kevin Portillo-Ramirez, Angee Ruiz-Carrillo, Jordan Smith, Kimberly Villacis and Marni Zahorsky.


Melodrama and the Social Imagination
(University Relations, March 11, 2015)

Melodrama, says Matthew Bush, does not get the respect it deserves in the world of literature.




Javier Puente Valdivia, current LAS Postdoctoral Fellow, has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. The UC is one of Latin America's premier research institutions and Javier will join their Institute of History this summer. 


Congratulations to Professor Matthew Bush, Director of Latin American Studies on the publication of his book, Pragmatic Passions: Melodrama and Latin American Social Narrative 

From the era of the wars for independence onward, the emotionally heightened and ethically charged theatrics of melodrama have played a substantial role in the framing of Latin American fictional narrative. Over that same time period, melodramatic reasoning has influenced the critical models through which the countries of the region conceive their respective histories and political landscapes. Pragmatic Passions: Melodrama and Latin American Social Narrative demonstrates how melodrama is deployed as a convincing means of affectively narrating socio-political messages, yet how it also unwittingly undermines the narrative structure of paradigmatic works by Rómulo Gallegos, César Vallejo, Roberto Arlt, Jorge Amado, and Carlos Fuentes.  


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