There are many resources available for students wishing to learn more about Latin American and Latino Studies as well as for students interested in conducting research on topics related to Latin America and Latinos. Below is a partial list of resources recommended by the Program.
There are many organizations that work in or on issues related to Latin American, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, many of which regularly publish informative reports regarding either their work or important developments in the field. Below is a partial list of such organizations.
Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Americas Society (AS) is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas. Its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social, and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.
Council of the Americas (COA) is the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Council’s membership consists of leading international companies representing a broad spectrum of sectors, including banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation.
For more information on the organization, visit the website of the Americas Society.
Center for World Indigenous Studies
The Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) is an independent, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to wider understanding and appreciation of the ideas and knowledge of indigenous peoples and the social, economic and political realities of indigenous nations. The Center fosters better understanding between peoples through the publication and distribution of literature written and voiced by leading contributors from Fourth World Nations. An important goal of CWIS is to establish cooperation between nations and to democratize international relations between nations and between nations and states. Concerned with the advancement of ideas for solving social, economic and political problems in the Fourth World, the Center for World Indigenous Studies links voluntary contributors world-wide and conducts original research, education, conflict resolution symposia and conferences benefiting constructive relations between nations, and nations and states.
For more information on the organization, visit the CWIS website.
Inter-American Development Bank
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the main source of multilateral financing and expertise for sustainable economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB supports efforts by Latin American and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality while aiming to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. Established in 1959, the IDB maintains a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency, and accountability. While acting as a regular bank in many ways, the IDB is also unique in some key respects. Besides loans, the IDB provides grants, technical assistance, and conducts academic research.
For more information on the organization, visit the IDB website.
The Inter-American Dialogue is the leading U.S. center for policy analysis, exchange, and communication on issues in Western Hemisphere affairs. The Dialogue brings together public and private leaders from across the Americas to address hemispheric problems and opportunities. Together they seek to build cooperation among Western Hemisphere nations and advance a regional agenda of democratic governance, social equity, and economic growth. Since 1982, through successive Republican and Democratic administrations and many changes of leadership elsewhere in the hemisphere, the Dialogue has helped shape the agenda of issues and choices in inter-American relations.
For more information on the organization, visit the Dialogue’s website.
Latin American Studies Association
The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 6,000 members, forty-five percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one Association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe.
For more information on the organization, visit the LASA website.
Latin American Working Group
The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) is one of the nation’s longest standing coalitions dedicated to foreign policy. The Latin America Working Group and its sister organization, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, carry out the coalition’s mission to encourage U.S. policies towards Latin America that promote human rights, justice, peace and sustainable development. LAWG promotes the interests of over 60 major religious, humanitarian, grassroots and policy organizations to decision makers in Washington. We are a trusted voice in Congress, and provide guidance to policymakers who want their decisions to be grounded in human rights.
For more information on the organization, visit the LAWG website.
Pew Hispanic Research Center
Founded in 2001, the Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the nation. The Center does not take positions on policy issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan “fact tank” in Washington, DC that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a public charity based in Philadelphia. The Pew Hispanic Center conducts and commissions studies on a wide range of topics with the aim of presenting research that at once meets the most rigorous scientific standards and is accessible to the interested public. The Center also regularly conducts public opinion surveys that aim to illuminate Latino views on a range of social matters and public policy issues.
For more information on the organization, visit the Pew Hispanic Center website.
Washington Office on Latin America
The Washington Office on Latin American (WOLA) promotes human rights, democracy, and social justice by working with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to shape policies in the United States and abroad. By analyzing regional events, trends and challenges, WOLA acts quickly to ensure that a broad range of voices are heard. WOLA shapes public debate and raises new issues through outreach to traditional and new media; sponsorship of public events with scholars, officials and grassroots activists; and original research, analysis and commentary by a staff with decades of cumulative experience in Latin America and the Caribbean. WOLA also serves as a key resource for civil society organizations in Latin America and the Caribbeanworking with colleagues in the region on coalition-building, networking, research, advocacy and participation in policy debates.
For more information on the organization, visit the WOLA website.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The Center is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a lively, neutral forum for free and informed dialogue. Several of its programs are dedicated particularly to the study of Latin America and the Carribean.
The Latin American Program serves as a bridge between the United States and Latin America, providing a nonpartisan forum for experts from throughout the region and the world to discuss the most critical issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program sponsors research, conferences, and publications aimed at deepening the understanding of Latin American and Caribbean politics, history, economics, culture, and U.S.-Latin American relations. By bringing pressing regional concerns to the attention of opinion leaders and policymakers, the Program contributes to more informed policy choices in Washington, D.C., and throughout the Hemisphere.
Argentina at The Wilson Center seeks to provide Argentina with a systematic and coherent presence in Washington as well as to foster discussion about Argentina among multilateral institutions, Argentine and U.S policymakers, politicians, academics, and media. Moreover, it intends to establish the mechanisms for profound political and academic debate, between the widest diversity of participants, on Argentina’s current crisis, its policy implications and possible solutions.
The Brazil Institute seeks to foster dialogue on key issues of bilateral concern between Brazil and the United States, advance Washington’s understanding of contemporary Brazilian developments, and promote detailed analysis of Brazil’s public policy.
The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship.
For more information on the organization, visit the Woodrow Wilson Center website.
There are many news outlets conveying stories related to Latin America and Latinos throughout the entire region and in the United States. Below is a partial list of the most popular news outlets for information on Latin America. Although the list is by no means exhaustive, the news outlets listed below are amongst the most reputable. Those news outlets with English content are marked with an ‘(E).’
Argentina: Buenos Aires Herald (E), Clarin, La Nacion
Bolivia: El Deber, La Razon
Brazil: O Estado de Sao Paolo, O Globo
Chile: El Mercurio, La Tercera
Colombia: El Tiempo, El Espectador, El Colombiano
Costa Rica: La Nacion
Ecuador: El Comercio, El Universo
Guatemala: Prensa Libre, Siglo XXI
Mexico: El Norte, El Universal, La Cronica de Hoy, Milenio, Reforma
Nicaragua: La Prensa
Panama: La Prensa
Peru: El Comercio, Gestion
Uruguay: El Pais
Venezuela: El Universal, El Nacional
International/USA: BBC (E), New York Times (E), LA Times (E), Reuters, CNN (E), El Nuevo Herald
The Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University is an excellent resource for individuals interested in conducting research on Latin America or Latinos. With 1.7 million volumes and over 30,000 journal subscriptions, ZSR Library has a vast amount of resources available to students and faculty. Librarian Rosalind Tedford has created an online research guide to help students with the initial stages of their research.
For more information on the library, visit the website of ZSR Library. To view Ms. Tedford’s guide, please visit the Latin American Studies Research Guide section of the library’s website . For assistance with research or for more information about the library, contact Ms. Tedford via phone at (336) 758-5910 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hispanic Reading Room and Handbook of Latin American Studies, Library of Congress
Through the generosity of countless donors, the Library of Congress has amassed the world’s finest collection on the history and culture of Latin America, Iberia, and the Caribbean. The Library of Congress also edits and publishes the Handbook of Latin American Studies, a bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by some of the field’s most recognized scholars. The multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Each year, more than 130 academics from around the world choose over 5,000 works for inclusion in the Handbook. Continuously published since 1936, the Handbook offers Latin Americanists an essential guide to available resources.
Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)
HAPI contains bibliographic citations to articles, book reviews, documents, and literary works in social science and humanities journals throughout the world published in both English and Spanish and pertaining to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States.
Wake Forest students have full access to the HAPI Online Database and may access it when on campus and connected to the university’s wireless network, by running a Virtual Private Network on their university-issued laptop, or by logging on with their Wake Forest assigned username when prompted.
Political Database of the Americas
The Political Database of the Americas (PDBA) is a non-governmental project of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Georgetown University in collaboration with institutions like the Secretariat for Political Affairs of the Organization of American States, FLACSO-Chile, and other organizations and entities in the region. Through its website, the PDBA offers centralized and systematized information about institutions and political processes, national constitutions, branches of government, elections, political constitutional studies and other subjects related to the strengthening of democracy in the region. With more than 1,500 pages of information, the PDBA is one of the most preferred sources of political information on the Internet reaching more than 600,000 users per month. The information is presented in an objective and independent manner and offered free of charge, facilitating political analysis and debates from a comparative perspective.
For more information on the database, visit the PDBA website.
Latin American Network Information Center
The Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) is affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin. Its mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. While many of its resources are designed to facilitate research and academic endeavors, LANIC has also become an important gateway to Latin America for primary and secondary school teachers and students, private and public sector professionals, and just about anyone looking for information about this important region.
For more information on the network, visit the website of LANIC website.
Other University Research Guides and Library Collections
Several other universities have assembled research guides similar to the one composed by Wake Forest librarian, Ms. Rosalind Tedford. They may be useful in assisting students with the initial stages of their Latin American research: Duke University, Rutgers University, Tulane University, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota, University of Texas at Austin, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University.