Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies

From the Chair

The Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies offers two majors, in Latin American Studies and Latino/Puerto Rican Studies, and three minors, in Latin American Studies, Latino/Puerto Rican Studies, and Mexican and Mexican American Studies. Many of our basic courses fulfill both major and minor and Pathways requirements. In addition, our faculty participates in the LEH curriculum and the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies. We cross-list courses with African and African-American Studies, Women’s Studies, History, Spanish, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics and Economics. Our interdisciplinary Latin American Studies (LAC) major describes and analyzes the vital role of Latin America and its diasporas in the current climate of globalization. Our Latino/Puerto Rican Studies major (LPR) centers the experience of migration as a key analytic in a globally-minded study of the US-Latin American and the Caribbean relationship.

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–David Badillo

Position Available:

Job Title: Assistant Professor - Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies (School of Arts and Humanities)
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Job ID: 15599
Location: Lehman College
Full/Part Time: Full-Time, Tenure Track
Regular/Temporary: Regular

The Lehman College campus is located in the Bronx, New York and is a Senior College within the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Lehman is the only four-year public college in the Bronx and is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution. The college serves mainly undergraduate students preparing them for employment, the professions and further study. The teaching load is 21 hours (7 classes) per year, and although the college is predominantly teaching focused, faculty at Lehman are active in research, scholarship and creative works. Teaching is reduced for junior faculty over the first five years for scholarly development and all faculty are actively encouraged to seek external funding. Opportunities are available through competitive grants for scholarship support.

Founded as the Department of Puerto Rican Studies in 1968, the Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies department is one of the oldest ethnic studies departments in the nation and houses a diverse faculty from multiple disciplines, regional interests and academic specializations.

Performs teaching, research and guidance duties in area(s) of expertise. Shares responsibility for committee and department assignments including administrative, supervisory, and other functions.


Ph.D. degree in areas described below, or equivalent, is required on commencement of the appointment. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

Preferred qualifications:
Ph.D. in the social sciences, arts, humanities or another relevant field, with a specialization in Latin American, Caribbean and/or Latino Studies; a demonstrated record of teaching ability; and an active and innovative research agenda for a strong publication record. The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated capacity to use a diverse range of effective student-centered instructional strategies, and an openness to teaching online or hybrid courses.

Discipline and regional focus are open, but the department has particular interest in interdisciplinary scholars with expertise in topics related to gender and sexualities, indigenous communities, and the Southern Cone or Mesoamerica.


Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Salaries are subject to the Professional Staff Congress-CUNY salary schedule (see for info on salary schedule: )

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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The review of CVs will begin November 18, 2016 and continue until a candidate has been identified.


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Faculty Spotlight


Dr. Sarah Soanirina Ohmer joined the LALPRS department as Assistant Professor in Fall 2015. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Indianapolis. She received her Ph.D. in Latin American Culture and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, with a concentration in Cultural Studies and Doctoral Certificate in Latin American Studies. Her main areas of concentration are in literature, cultural theory, postcolonialism, trauma in literature, and gender and race in literature and society. Current interests include: Black Feminism and Womanist Practices, Literature by Black Brazilian Women, the conjunction of Art and Activism and Healing in Black urban communities.

Dr. Ohmer was awarded a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowship to pursue research in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She worked with Human Rights, Multiculturalism, and Black Studies scholar Dr. Gislene Aparecida dos Santos, at the University of Sao Paulo's Diversitas Center, a center for Studies on Diversity, Intolerance and Conflict. The Fulbright Fellowship enabled her to finish her book manuscript, Keloids of Modernity: Trauma, Race and Gender in Black Women's Literature. While in Brazil, Dr. Ohmer also collected materials for her next book projects. The first is an innovative look at literature in Sao Paulo, in collaboration with a group of twenty published writers and critics from the city. The second is an anthology of critical theory on Black Brazilian Women's Literature, with contributions from poets, novelists, and critics representing various generations and regions of Brazil.

Dr. Ohmer dedicates her work to bridging the personal with the theoretical, in her research, classroom and in life! She uses her creativity and quirky enthusiasm to produce unorthodox cultural theory, and accessible, interactive, wholesome pedagogy. In the classroom, students and learning come first, and she enjoys using games and "flip-the-classroom" strategies to make sure that students not only "get it" but also "get" themselves, their complex culture(s), and the similarities and differences within Latin American cultures. Practical job-earning skills, self-esteem, and equity in the classroom constitute the bases of her pedagogical approach.

Originally, Dr. Ohmer is Franco-Malagasy, born in France with roots in Madagascar. She speaks French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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