Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Master of Arts

Doctor of Philosophy

For More Information

Campus address: Gordon White Building (GWB) 2.102, phone (512) 471-4557, fax (512) 471-9639; campus mail code: F9200

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Advisor, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, 210 West 24th Street Inner Campus Drive Stop F9200, Austin TX 78712



Facilities for Graduate Work

The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies is the first department of its kind in the nation. In addition to the expertise of the faculty, graduate students have access to the extensive resources of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the Mexican American Library Program, and the Harry Ransom Center. The University’s central Texas location also provides opportunities for field research within the growing Mexican American population across the Southwest, and for research in Mexico as well.

Areas of Study

Mexican American and Latina/o studies emerged as a significant area of scholarship since the 1970s. The University of Texas at Austin has been at the forefront of this discipline under the leadership of faculty members such as George I. Sánchez, Carlos E. Castañeda, and the founder of the Center for Mexican American Studies, Américo Paredes. These scholars helped to define Mexican American Studies as an interdisciplinary field of study. Recognizing the role of broader Latina/o populations in the shaping of U.S. society, the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies focuses on the cultural practices, historical development, and socioeconomic conditions of these populations. 

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) in the spring 2021 semester.

Chad Alvarez
Karma Ruth Chavez
Danielle P Clealand
Richard R Flores
Rachel Valentina Gonzalez-Martin
Laura G Gutierrez
Marisol Lebron
Belem G Lopez
Julie A Minich
Deborah Parra-Medina

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for graduate study at the University. An admissions committee composed of Graduate Studies Committee members in Mexican American and Latina/o studies also evaluates applications, giving preference to candidates who demonstrate a strong academic background and a clear sense of the areas they wish to pursue through the doctoral degree program.