Department of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Web Site: http://latcar.rutgers.edu
Acting Chairperson: Asela R. Laguna
Asela R. Laguna, B.A., Puerto Rico; M.A., Ph.D., Illinois (Urbana)
Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas, B.A., Yale; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia
Yanet Baldares, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers
Ismael Garcia Colon, B.A., Puerto Rico; M.A., Ph.D., Connecticut (Storrs)
The Department of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies offers an
interdisciplinary program of studies that examines the diverse
political, social, and cultural histories of the Spanish-speaking
societies of the Caribbean as well as Latino communities in the United
States. Using a comparative approach, the curriculum focuses on the
formation and evolution of the peoples and societies of the region.
Courses examine the gender, racial, class, and cultural dimensions of
the migration experience of Caribbean peoples and the reformulation of
The curriculum fosters critical thinking
about how knowledge is created, different methods and modes of
analysis, and the limitations of traditional disciplinary approaches.
It does so while developing competencies in research, analysis, and
written as well as oral presentations.