Each academic year, with support from the Collegiate Social Scienes Division, the Center for Latin American Studies appoints advanced doctoral graduate student teaching assistants for the three-quarter sequence Introduction to Latin American Civilizations. Positions are available for Latin American Civilizations I, II, and III, in the Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters, respectively.

This position requires 11 hours of work per week per the UChicago student employment guidelines.


Advanced UChicago graduate students who specialize in Latin America, regardless of academic discipline, are encouraged to apply.


Teaching Assistants complete all reading assignments, attend class lectures, lead Friday discussion sections, hold office hours for students, meet regularly to discuss course material and teaching strategies, and design and grade class assignments and exams.

Please note: Each quarter, one of the Friday discussion sections is conducted in Spanish or Portuguese as part of the college’s Languages Across the Curriculum initiative. Spanish-proficient and Portuguese-proficient candidates are encouraged to apply to lead these sections.

2019-20 Sequence

Autumn 2019
LACS 16100 Latin American Civilizations 1
Emilio Kourí, History
The Autumn quarter of Latin American Civilizations examines the major pre-Columbian civilizations, the Iberian conquest, and the foundations of colonial society.

Winter 2020
LACS 16200 Latin American Civilizations 2
Dain Borges, History
The Winter quarter explores late colonial history, with particular emphasis on recentralization efforts and the independence movements, as well as the difficulties associated with political and economic development.

Spring 2020
LACS 16300 Latin American Civilizations 3
Brodwyn Fischer, History
The Spring quarter examines themes central to understanding modern Latin America, including revolutionary movements, US-Latin American relations, and economic and cultural transformations.




Questions? Please contact Lindsay Ortega.