Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Mission Statement

The mission of the UT Austin Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies is to create a new generation of scholars, practitioners, and activists to research and analyze the life, history, and culture of Mexican-origin and Latina/o (Central, Caribbean, and South American) populations within the state of Texas, the United States, and their diasporas. Our academic program centralizes the interdisciplinary study of peoples’ movement along the Mesoamerican migration corridor that runs from the tip of the Southern Cone, through Texas, and into Canada. In addition, the field of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies historicizes the significance of centuries-old Indigenous and African migrations to the Americas. At the forefront of innovation with degree tracks in Cultural Studies, Policy, and Language and Cognition, MALS faculty and affiliates are leaders in the study of immigration, race, gender, sexuality, social class, and health science humanities.