Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies

Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies

The Department of Latin American, Latino, & Iberian Studies (LALIS) is a diverse community that perceives the study of language, literature, and culture as integral to understanding the human experience. Our interdisciplinary humanities program highlights the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas, including varieties of Spanglish in the United States. Our unique and expanding course catalog, which emphasizes content relevant to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds, includes courses in languages, literatures, linguistics, and community-based learning, as well as film, theater, performance, translation, cultural, and Latino studies. In LALIS, we welcome students of all linguistic backgrounds, whether their language experience began at home or in school, in the United States or abroad. We prepare students to engage in purposeful lives by fostering intellectual curiosity and integrity, cross-cultural awareness, and linguistic empathy. 

We are committed to empowering students to combat racial and social inequities. 

LALIS presents the 2022-2023 Tucker Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts

Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts

The University of Richmond’s 2022-2023 Tucker Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts will be hosted by the Department of Latin American, Latino & Iberian Studies. This year’s events will celebrate the degree to which Latines and Hispanics have enjoyed an unwavering presence throughout the history of the United States, leaving a lasting imprint on our cultural fabric. Festival activities will thus revolve around the theme “Our America,” with the idea of generating new ways of understanding what constitutes the Americas and of reappropriating discourses of “Americanness,” a notion that historically has alienated the Latinx and Hispanic populations. The festival will offer poetry readings, lectures, panel discussions, and residencies by artists and scholars whose works implicitly or explicitly address the Latino past of the United States, along with its present and future. 


El Departamento de Estudios Latinoamericanos, Latinos e Ibéricos tiene el honor de organizar la edición 2022-2023 del Festival de Literatura y Artes Tucker Boatwright de la Universidad de Richmond. Los eventos de este año celebrarán la continuidad del legado cultural hispánico y latinx a lo largo de la historia de los Estados Unidos, um legado que ha dejado una marca indeleble en el tejido cultural de este país. Las actividades del festival girarán en torno al tema “Nuestra América” con la idea de generar nuevas formas de entender la identidad americana de este país y, al mismo tiempo, de confrontar los discursos de “americanidad” que han insistido en excluir a la población latina/hispana de su historia. El festival ofrecerá lecturas de poesía, conferencias, paneles de discusión y residencias de artistas y académicos cuyas obras abordan implícita o explícitamente el pasado latino de los Estados Unidos, junto con su presente y futuro.

Department of Theatre & Dance

Next Tucker-Boatwright Event

Miss You Like Hell

Department of Theatre & Dance

November 17-19, 7:30 p.m. |  Alice Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts

LALIS Student Award Winners

Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2022 LALIS Award Winners:

Outstanding LALIS Majors
Hannah Grace Howell
Anna Postma

Outstanding Service to the Richmond Hispanic Community
Ally Osterberg

Outstanding Assistant Teacher in LALIS
Isabelle Drayer

The Modern Languages Award-Latin American, Latino & Iberian Studies
Braxton Hughes

Upcoming Events

No events scheduled at this time.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Elizabeth Kissling
Kissling Published

Elizabeth Kissling, associate professor of Spanish and applied linguistics, published the article "Exploring Boundedness for Concept-Based Instruction of Aspect: Evidence from Novice L1 English Speakers Learning the Spanish Preterite and Imperfect" in The Modern Language Journal.

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Dr. Elizabeth Kissling
Kissling Published

Elizabeth Kissling, associate professor of Spanish and applied linguistics, published the article "From Rule-Based Explicit Instruction to Explicit Knowledge: A Pilot Study on How L1 English Speakers Interpret Pedagogical Rules about Spanish Preterite and Imperfect" in Instructed Second Language Acquisition.

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Dr. David Giancaspro
Giancaspro Published

David Giancaspro, assistant professor of Spanish, and Josh Higdon, '21, published the article, "(Ir)regular Mood Swings: Lexical Variability in Heritage Speakers' Oral Production of Subjunctive Mood" in Language Learning.

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Dr. David Giancaspro
Giancaspro Published

David Giancaspro, assistant professor of Spanish, published a chapter in Language in Development and Use: A Crosslinguistic Perspective.

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Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from LALIS faculty are being read around the globe.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Department of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies
University of Richmond
211 Richmond Way
Carole Weinstein International Center
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 484-1543
Fax: (804) 484-1544

Department Chair: Dr. Mariela Méndez
Academic Administrative Coordinator: Sarah Helen Studebaker
Director of Community-Based Learning: Dr. Karina Vazquez
Director of Spanish Intensive Language Program: Mr. Ted Peebles