Announcing Graduate Admissions for a Critical Latinx Studies Cohort for Fall 2023

We are building a new PhD cohort for admission in Fall 2023
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This 4,000-square-foot mural is located on Franklin Avenue at the Project for Pride in Living’s Career Center. The work is a collaboration of 10 artists and highlights the history, voices and priorities of the neighborhood on a large scale. Lead Artist Olivia Levins Holden. Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Photo by Taylor Notah

Along with our partners, the Department of Chicano & Latino StudiesAmerican Indian StudiesAfrican American and African Studies, and the Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Gender & Sexuality Studies (RIDGS) Center, American Studies works to create innovative and inclusive cohorts in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Areas of Study

We encourage students interested in Critical Latinx Studies to apply and to outline their interests. We seek students whose research places Latinx studies within a capacious, relational, and/or transnational frame and bridges these conversations to related fields and topics such as, but not limited to, the following.

  • critical Latinx Indigeneities
  • borderlands
  • comparative and/or critical ethnic studies
  • critical university studies
  • abolition
  • migration/immigration
  • Chicana/Latina feminisms
  • women of color feminisms
  • LatCrit
  • queer of color critique
  • Afrolatinidades,
  • Latinx geographies of the rural/suburban/urban
  • queer Latinx socialities and performance

When applying to this Critical Latinx Studies initiative, applicants are asked to indicate in the statement of purpose how their research agenda in Critical Latinx Studies aligns with American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Any prospective applicant's work will need to align with one or more general areas of American Studies focus, and these will range across ethnography; political economy; transnationalism; Indigenous Studies; queer studies; gender studies; popular culture; etc., while being mindful of intersections with specific nuances of faculty expertise.


Admission provides five years of funding, and the deadline for graduate admission is December 1, 2022.


Please direct questions to the American Studies Department Chair, Dr. Bianet Castellanos ( and Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Elizabeth Sumida Huaman (

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