LLILAS Benson is a partnership between the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection that works to deepen mutual understanding across the Americas through teaching, collections, research, outreach, and scholarly exchange. Our 60 Brazilianist affiliated faculty work in disciplines from anthropology to zoology, journalism to cultural studies, education to social inequalities, and beyond. The Benson houses dozens of archival collections of Brazilian materials, including documents of political movements, photography, art, concrete poetry, musicology, and cinema.


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is committed to fomenting a complex understanding of the heterogenous cultures we research and teach, from their earliest inceptions on the Iberian Peninsula and in the Americas, to their most current linguistic and cultural manifestations in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Our research and teaching interests embrace cultural studies, indigenous studies, bilingualism, gender and sexuality studies, Afro-diasporic cultures, trans-Atlantic studies, translation studies, intellectual history, popular culture, religious studies, media studies, and performance.


The Laboratory for Race and Ethnic Equality (LAESER), directed by Marcelo Paixão (LLILAS / AADS) was founded in 2006 at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, as an academic space promoting social, racial, and gender equality in Brazil. The lab developed teaching, research, and outreach activities on ethnic-racial inequality, racism, and discrimination in Brazil. At UT Austin, LAESER activities embrace Latin America, the United States, and other regions of the world. The lab is a collaborative space that fosters research, teaching, and training activities in ethnic and racial inequality and development using mixed methods.


The African and African Diaspora Studies Department (AADS) promotes activist academics and is dedicated to the study of the intellectual, political, artistic, and social experiences of people of African descent throughout Africa and the African Diaspora, including the United States. In this endeavor, it works in concert with The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and the Institute for Urban Policy and Research Analysis.



Founded in 2009, the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) is an international hub for the advanced study of modern and contemporary art from the Americas. Focusing on research and graduate training, it is a flexible and even portable space for the creation of original art historical knowledge through intellectual rigor and collaboration across disciplinary and geopolitical boundaries.


Established in 1986, the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation has dedicated more than $73 million in grants to improve the social fabric of life. Its mission is to meet basic human needs while building individual and social resiliency. The Foundation seeks innovative solutions to intractable and persistent problems and strives to cultivate emerging talents and promising models.