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

Diego Quiñones

Diego Quiñones graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2016, where he studied History, Political Science, and Latin American studies. Upon graduating, Diego moved to Washington D.C. to participate in a Public Policy fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and had the privilege of meeting President Barack Obama. He was also a Civic Engagement Fellow for NALEO Educational Fund and worked as a Legislative Fellow for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. 


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Featured Faculty

Dr. Rocio Gomez

Dr. Rocio Gomez holds a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Arizona. Her research explores the environmental history of Modern Mexico and focuses on the effects of silver mining on water and public health in Zacatecas. Gomez is establishing a strong publication record with peer-reviewed journal articles and encyclopedia entries and is the author of Silver Veins and Dusty Lungs: Water, Public Health, and the Environmental Legacies of Industry in Modern Mexico, 1834-1945, which is under contract with the University of Nebraska Press.