The first generation of the department’s centers, started in the 1990s, include the Transcriptions Center, the Early Modern Center (EMC), and the American Cultures & Global Contexts Center (ACGCC).

A second generation, Literature & Mind Initiative (L&M), Literature & Environment (L&E), Hemispheric Souths (HSs), the Center on Modern Culture, Materialism, and Aesthetics (COMMA), and Medieval Literature, began 2008. The Las Maestras Center for Xicana[x] Indigenous Thought, Art and Social Practice (LMC) and the Global Latinidades Project were both founded in 2017. The centers have a distinguished record of funded research, colloquia, and curricular “specializations” for students.

Read more about the organizing principles for our research centers.