Welcome to MALS
Message from the chair
Welcome to the new Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) that builds on the 44-year history of Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas. Our new department is the first of its kind in the U.S. academy, offering students an array of rigorous degree programs that train them to be among the most competitive Latina/o serving professionals in the nation.
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. Our students go on to careers in the non-profit, education, social service, governmental, and academic sectors, all with an eye towards working with Latina/o populations.
As the inaugural chair of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, I invite you to support our students or discover the approaches and professional advantages our academic programs offer, for what happens in MALS truly changes the world, one student at a time.