Welcome from

Dr. Yajaira M. Padilla

Thank you for visiting the home page of Latin American and Latino Studies (LAST), an interdisciplinary area and ethnic studies program in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. The LAST program provides in-depth exposure to the key geographic regions, historical trajectories, social modes, languages, and political, economic, and cultural systems of Latin America and the Latino U.S.


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Featured Student

Magdalena Arroyo

B.A in Anthropology/ Latin American Studies, B.A in Spanish I was introduced to the Latin American and Latino Studies (LAST) program during my freshman year by Veronikha Salazar who was working for the University of Arkansas Multicultural Center at the time. I had already decided to study Anthropology and Spanish and LAST seemed like the best program to unite my two areas of study. As a U.S born and raised daughter of Mexican immigrants, I learned from a young age that if I wanted to learn about my heritage and culture, I was going to have to do it on my own. I was in shock on my first day in “Intro to Latin America”, when I saw so many students wanting to learn about my heritage and culture as well. I loved my studies so much, that even my electives were overbooked with LAST courses! I made many friends from different countries and even met a long-distant cousin I had no idea I had! 


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Featured Faculty

Dr. Edvan P. Brito

Dr. Edvan Brito received a B.A. in Portuguese and Linguistics from the University de São Paulo (USP), an M.A. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University, and also holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University. His dissertation study focused on sociolinguistic variation, race/color, and stance taking in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His research interests include language and identity, comparative race relations in Brazil and the United States, and Portuguese as a foreign language.