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Latinx Studies

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Currently not accepting new candidates


The secondary field in Latinx Studies has three purposes:

  1. to help qualify students for employment relating to the studies of literatures, cultures, and theories of Latinx Studies;
  2. to help graduate students form productive and lasting scholarly communities at Harvard and beyond;
  3. to recognize the intellectual labor and contribution of Harvard graduate students who are currently working in the field of Latinx Studies.

Admission (please note: no new candidates will be accepted in 2021-2022)

To apply for the secondary field, graduate students should complete a Plan of Study form and meet with one of the Latinx Studies secondary field advisors. At this meeting, the advisor will review the student's Plan of Study and discuss options for completing the secondary field requirements.

Students are encouraged to declare their interest in the secondary field early in their doctoral program to ensure that they can fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.


To obtain a secondary field in Latinx Studies, students must complete:

  1. three graduate-level courses in Latinx Studies with a grade of B+ or above:
    • “Global Latinidad” (Spanish 228, offered every other year) or “Latinx Theory: Being and Knowing” (Spanish 242, offered every other year)
    • courses selected from graduate courses (or upper-level seminars) across the University (see list of approved courses and list of faculty who teach Latinx Studies). These courses may be used to satisfy departmental requirements. For courses numbered below 200 (primarily for undergraduates), graduate students must complete the designated graduate level requirements.
  2. an article-length paper suitable for publication (or dissertation chapter)
  3. a research statement highlighting scholarly engagement with Latinx Studies.
  4. a sample syllabus for a proposed course in Latinx Studies within their fields or evidence of teaching in Latinx Studies (as a TF or TA for an undergraduate course in the approved list)


After fulfilling the requirements, students may apply for a secondary field (see more information and instructions on the Secondary Fields page) by the application deadline noted in the Academic Calendar. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they have fulfilled the requirements.

The application form must be signed by a Latinx Studies advisor and by the DGS of the student's home department. To obtain the Latinx Studies advisor's signature, students should make an appointment with them and bring:

  • the completed application
  • an updated CV
  • a copy of the paper or dissertation chapter used to fulfill the requirement for an article-length paper suitable for publication
  • a copy of their completed plan of study
  • a copy of the approved syllabus (if applicable).

Approved Courses

“Global Latinidad: Racial Translations and National Belonging in the Age of Immigration” [Spanish 228]

“Latinx Theory: Being and Knowing” [Spanish 242]

“The Border: Race, Politics, and Health in Modern Mexico” [History of Science 140]

“Performing Latinidad” [Spanish 126]

“Diaspora Artchives: Transnational Stories of Immigration and Citizenship in Historical Perspective” [Romance Studies 130]

“Literature, Diaspora, and Global Trauma” [Comparative Lit 277]

“Coloniality, Race and Catastrophe” [Religion 2519]

“Coloniality, Race and Religion” [Religion 2478]

“Topics in Music from 1800 to the Present: Proseminar in Latino Musics in the United States” [Music 193r]

 “Urban Diversity and Segregation in the Americas” [EMR]

“Ethnic Studies and Education” [EDU T004]

 “Migration and Immigrant Incorporation Workshop” [Sociology 309]

“Immigration and the Globalization of Borders” [Spanish 142]

“Contemporary Immigration Policy and Educational Practice” [EDU H517]

“Human Migration and US-Mexico Borderlands: Moral Dilemmas and Sacred Bundles” [Anthro 1401]

“Migration and Human Rights” [HLS 2784]

“Mass Incarceration in Historical Perspective” [AAAS 123x]

“Tropical Fantasies: The Hispanic Caribbean and Haiti in Contemporary Literature” [Spanish 146]

“Caribbean Poetics” [EMR 122]

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