Each academic year, with support from the Social Sciences Collegiate Division, the Center for Latin American Studies appoints teaching assistants for the three-quarter sequence Introduction to Latin American CivilizationPositions are available for Latin American Civilization I (Autumn), II (Winter), and III (Spring).

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


Advanced UChicago doctoral students who specialize in Latin America, in any academic discipline; must fit in the student's MTE plan


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 discussion sections is conducted in Spanish or Portuguese as part of the College’s Languages Across the Curriculum program. Spanish-proficient and Portuguese-proficient candidates are encouraged to apply to lead these sections.

2022–23 Sequence

Autumn 2022
LACS 16100 Latin American Civilization I
Alan Kolata and Sarah Newman, Anthropology
The Autumn quarter examines the major pre-Columbian civilizations, the Iberian conquest, and the foundations of colonial society.

Winter 2023
LACS 16200 Latin American Civilization II
Mary Hicks, 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 2023
LACS 16300 Latin American Civilization III
Dain Borges, History
The Spring quarter examines themes central to understanding modern Latin America, including revolutionary movements, US-Latin America relations, and economic and cultural transformations.

Questions? Please contact CLAS student affairs.