Introduction to Latin American Civilizations Teaching Assistantships


Each academic year the Center for Latin American Studies appoints advanced doctoral graduate student teaching assistants for the Introduction to Latin American Civilizations course sequence through an internal competition.


The application for 2018-19 has closed. Please check back in January 2019 for the 2019-2020 application.

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With funding from the Collegiate Social Sciences Division, the Center for Latin American Studies typically offers teaching assistantships for the three-quarter sequence Introduction to Latin American Civilizations. Advanced 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 Chicago initiative. Spanish-proficient and Portuguese-proficient candidates are encouraged to apply to lead these sections!

2017–18 Sequence

Autumn 2017
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 2018
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 2018
LACS 16300 Latin American Civilizations 3
Brodie 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.


Please Contact Jamie Gentry | 773-702-8420