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The Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures (LAILAC) at The Graduate Center is committed to preparing students to become rigorous and creative scholars in a diverse spectrum of fields of inquiry on Latin American, Iberian, and Latino cultures.


Degree Offered

Admissions Deadline


Ph.D. in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures
Full Time
2 Tracks
January 1 for Fall Enrollment
(No Spring Enrollment)


Program Overview

LAILAC combines outstanding academics with cultural and literary activities to create a dynamic scholarly setting for our students. As a part of The Graduate Center, a unique institution devoted primarily to doctoral studies and committed to excellence, diversity, and innovative research, LAILAC participates in The Graduate Center’s mission of drawing on and contributing “to the complex communities of New York City and beyond.”

LAILAC’s curriculum allows students to tailor their courses to their interests as they follow their path to degree. Leading faculty scholars mentor students as they pursue their research. Students also gain excellent experience from teaching at CUNY colleges; contributing to the program’s student journal, LL Journal; and participating in events, such as the annual students’ conference. 


In studying Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Culture, students will choose between two unique tracks: 


The Culture/Literature track focuses on cultural and literary practices in historical and ideological contexts and with their circulation along national as well as Latin American, Iberian, and Latino cultural transatlantic and hemispheric networks. Critical theories relevant to the field are a significant part of all courses and seminars. The track encompasses a variety of fields including LGBT studies, media, philology and textual criticism, translation, visual culture, and women’s studies.

Hispanic Linguistics

The Hispanic Linguistics track enables students to study language as social practice in Latin America, Spain, the U.S., and the multiple spaces where Spanish-speaking people have settled. Seminars pay special attention to Spanish’s co-existence — conflictual or harmonious — with other languages such as Basque, Catalan, English, Galician, the indigenous languages of the Americas and the Pacific. The track’s faculty come from a wide range of fields including sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, language policy, critical linguistic historiography, bilingualism in education, and applied linguistics. Their areas of research include normativity, the linguistic performance of social identities, the social distribution of linguistic resources, language and migration, teaching Spanish in the U.S., translanguaging, and the operation of linguistic ideologies in the constitution or disputation of glottopolitical regimes.


Our outstanding doctoral faculty specialize in literary, language, and cultural studies from Latin American, Iberian and Latino cultures and transatlantic perspectives. Faculty members are well respected in their fields and have published books on a range of subjects including the politics of language representation, literary canon formation and Spanish visual culture, the interface of literature and photography, and Quevedo and Golden Age satire. Visiting scholars and writers conduct annual symposia and lectures, and internationally renowned academics from Europe and Latin America often conduct mini seminars.


LAILAC is well connected to institutions abroad that co-sponsor events such as seminars, lectures, and symposia and that facilitate faculty and student exchanges. These include the Bernardo Atxaga Chair in Basque Literature and Linguistics (with the Etxepare Euskal Institute), the Xoan González Millán Center for Galician Studies (with Galicia's Secretaría Xeral de Política Lingüística), the Mercè Rodoreda Chair (with the Institut Ramon Llull), and the Miguel Delibes Chair.

In recent years we have had the honor to host scholars such as Alberto Romero, Silvia Saitta, Diana Sorensen, Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux, Enric Bou, Anxo Lorenzo, Mauro Fernández, Henrique Monteagudo, Dolores Vilavedra, Ana Maria Martinho, José María Pozuelo Yvancos, Aurora Egido, José Carlos Mainer, Ricardo Senabre, and Claudio Guillén; and prominent writers such as Ray Loriga, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Paloma Díaz Mas, Carmen Boullosa, Juan Villoro, Mempo Giardinelli, Antonio José Ponte, Leonardo Padura, Bernardo Atxaga, Kirmen Uribe, Teresa Moure, Manuel Rivas, Carsten Sinner, Annabel Martin, and Marina Garcés Mascareñas. 

Students in the program also organize an annual students’ conference at The Graduate Center that attracts doctoral students from the U.S. as well as Europe and Latin America. 


Executive Officer

Jane Marcus Delgado

The Graduate Center
Room 4200.02

Phone 212-817-8410

Assistant Program Officer

Dilvania Rodriguez

Assistant Program Officer
Graduate Center
Room 4200

Phone 212-817-8410