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Fall 2003


Over the last three decades Latino studies scholarship has gained increased academic acceptance. However, many administrators continue to doubt the wisdom of sustaining autonomous Latino studies departments, and are devising alternative approaches for incorporating Latino-based knowledge into the university’s mission. This article discusses the academy’s response to the emergence of Latino studies and explores a range of consequences for the field of two institutional arrangements that universities appear to privilege: the horizontal fusion with Latin American Studies, and a vertical absorption into centers for the study of race and ethnic or absorption into American studies.


This article was reproduced with permission of Hunter College, CUNY © 2003: Caban, Pedro. “From Challenge to Absorption: The Changing Face of Latino Studies,” Centro Journal, vol. 15, no. 2 (Fall 2003): 126-45.


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