UA Anthropology Professor Linda Green has been named the new director of the Center for Latin American Studies (LAS). She replaces Scott Whiteford, who has served as director since 2005.
“I am very excited about furthering the Center’s goal of promoting a climate of intellectual vitality and scholarly engagement with respect to the wide range of social and cultural issues that pertain to Latin America — issues that are not only intensifying but are also being mirrored in the United States,” said Green.
“I would like to continue to build LAS into a place that is a recognized and well-regarded public space — as universities are one of the few remaining spaces to promote the public good — where we can foster communities of scholars, students, public intellectuals, social and political actors, artists and the business community to come together to address pressing needs and issues of mutual interest,” said Green.
Green’s research focuses on the health and long-term social and economic well-being of indigenous peoples, peasants, and wage-workers across the Americas, from rural Mayan communities in Guatemala to the US-Mexico border to villages on the southwestern coast of Alaska. Her work has examined adolescent girls in maquila factories, unemployed men in rural villages, and combat veterans in Alaska.
“I am delighted to have someone with Professor Green’s experience and vision take the helm of this very important research, teaching and outreach unit,” said John Paul Jones III, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. "I must also thank Scott Whiteford for his years of leadership and his tireless efforts to obtain a Title VI National Resource grant for the Center.”
The Center for Latin American Studies offers an undergraduate major and minor; a master’s degree, with dual degree programs in journalism, law, public health and public administration; as well as a Ph.D. minor option. The Center coordinates cultural events, faculty and student research, outreach and teaching.