Thoughts from our students...
"In the Latin American History Program at Indiana University Bloomington I found a very stimulating intellectual place and a home full of friends. Studying revolution and the left in Latin America with Prof. Jeffrey Gould I not only understood the richness of Latin American modern history but I also became inspired to re-evaluate the Central American past and re-imagine its future. Prof. Peter Guardino opened my eyes to the cultural transformations and continuities in Latin America between 1750 and 1850 by encouraging me to confront many interpretations of the impact of the Bourbon Reforms and independence movements on Latin American countries. To complement my theoretical and methodological formation, Prof. Daniel James taught me the value of the oral word to give history a human face and the deep taste of memory as a way to find the Latin American people's heart. Finally, Prof. Arlene Díaz modeled my interest for my future students and the different ways in which a history classroom can be transformed into a democratic and attractive environment. By studying Latin American history at IU I discovered for the first time the continent where I was born and grew up."
Universidad de Costa Rica
"The Latin American History program at IU has offered me the opportunity to meet several of the most important scholars in the field. Through conferences hosted by IU and by having the American Historical Review right here in Bloomington, prominent scholars are eager to visit our well-regarded faculty. I've also benefited from studying with a strong cohort of graduate students who've challenged me to think about my project in new ways. I've found my fellow IU students of Latin American History to be an incredible intellectual and professional resource."
University of Toronto
"In 1993 I read Professor Jeff Gould's article "'Vana Ilusion!' The Highlands Indians and the Myth of Nicaragua MEstiza, 1880-1925" and it radically changed my life. I had spent more than half my life in Matagalpa, the town the study was based on, and Professor Gould's controversial argument about Nicaraguan identity and politics made me see Nicaraguan history and my own family's history in a brand new light. I thus chose to attend Indiana University in the Fall of 1994 in order to study with Professor Gould, the nation's most prominent scholar in the field of Nicaraguan history.
During my years at IU I benefitted immensely from Professor Gould's knowledge and mentoring. I also learned a great deal from the other outstanding professors in the Latin American program. Professors Peter Guardino, Arlene Diaz, and Muriel Nazzari (now retired) were always available for students, whether to talk about a research project or a personal problem. These professors really looked out for their students. I felt privileged knowing that I could count on them for all sorts of things, from giving me critical feedback on grant proposals to sending out letters of recommendationns on time.
I found the Latin American History Program at Indiana to be "just right." It was flexible enough to allow me to pursue my own individual interests yet structured enough to gain a through grasp on theory and the field's historiography. I could not have wished for a better program. At IU I was able to deepen my understanding of Nicaragua's past while I learned to think in broader terms about Latin America as a whole."
San Diego State University
"Based on my own experience, I consider the program in Latin American history at IU to be outstanding; I have little doubt that it is one of the very best in the country right now. In addition to the top-notch resources of the IU library and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the expertise of the history department's Latin Americanist faculty is unbeatable. The courses they offer are among the best at IU, consistently drawing students from other fields of history and from outside the department as well. When I go to professional conferences or to do research abroad, I am always pleased to learn just how widely recognized our faculty are. My coursework in the program definitely helped me to conceptualize my dissertation and prepared me to do the research necessary to get the project done.
Moreover, all of the faculty in the Latin American field take mentoring graduate students very seriously. Their guidance helped me to move through the program successfully; to get funding from the History Department, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and outside sources such as Fulbright; and to begin taking an active part in the historical profession. And, as I approach the end of my graduate career, I've found the history faculty as a whole, but especially the faculty I've worked with in Latin American history, to be incredibly supportive and helpful as I tackle the academic job market. Overall, then, I have to been very satisfied with the education and training I've received in the program and I'd recommend it to anyone considering graduate school in Latin American history."
"IU is a supportive place, and Bloomington is a cooler town than you would expect. The Latin Americanist professors have varied research interests that come together nicely. They are very accessible, and are good teachers and advisors. I came from another big research institution to Indiana, but I have found IU a better place to develop a program of study, share ideas and build lasting relationships with a core of other graduate students and faculty."