Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Advancement to Candidacy for the Ph.D.

After the successful completion of all required coursework, language examinations, the General Preliminary Examination, and the Dissertation Prospectus, doctoral students officially apply for Admission to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The Graduate School and the Graduate Advisor have copies of the official form.

After this formality is complete, the Graduate Advisor secures the signed approval of the Dissertation Chair and submits a recommendation for Admission to Candidacy to the Dean of the Graduate School certifying that all requirements for the degree have been met. Once the Graduate Dean has certified that all requirements for the degree have been met, he or she will advance the student to Candidacy for the Degree of Ph.D. in Latin American Studies

The recommendation for Admission to Candidacy must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than September 15 for those expecting to receive the degree in December, December 15 for those expecting to receive the degree in May, or March 15 for those expecting to receive the degree at the end of the Summer Session.

The Submission of the Dissertation

The Dissertation is not only an essential part of the candidate’s degree work but is also the appropriate culmination of the Ph.D. degree. It should demonstrate not only student mastery of the literature of the subject, but also ability to carry on independent research that results in a genuine contribution to knowledge, or an original interpretation of existing knowledge in a literate and lucid fashion.

Working with the Dissertation Committee

Students’ experiences with their committees will be different depending on the groups’ particular dynamics and the needs of the student. Students will best utilize the collective wisdom that resides in committees, when they circulate early versions and completed drafts of chapters to committee members with expediency so that they have ample time to read, comment and suggest revisions.

Dissertation Style and Format

Information regarding proper dissertation formatting, style guidelines, and submission deadlines can be found at the website of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts Graduate Programs.

Dissertation Publication

All Tulane dissertations must be prepared for microfilm duplication and storage at UMI, the largest publisher of microfilm dissertations in an on-line searchable format. For this reason, all illustrations, photographs, diagrams, and tables in your manuscript must be in black and white. Final approved dissertations are sent to UMI, where they make a microfilm copy, and then they are returned to Tulane University’s Library for binding, cataloging, and shelving. This procedure is mandatory and must be paid for by the student before graduation. The cost varies from year to year but is usually less than $100 total. Current prices are available at the School of Liberal Arts. Once published, you can order copies of your dissertation from UMI for a small fee.


The decision to copyright the dissertation must be made at the time the student submits the material to the Graduate School office. Copyright may be obtained through UMI for a small fee. Two positive film copies of the dissertation are then deposited in the Copyright Office.

Dissertation Defense/ Final Examination

Well before the deadline for submission of the Dissertation to the Graduate School, candidates must successfully complete a final examination for the Ph.D. degree. The examination, also called the Dissertation Defense, consists primarily of an oral defense of the Dissertation, but can be extended at the discretion of the Dissertation Committee to include course material or any other relevant material. The Defense is a thorough and critical discussion of the Dissertation and its conclusions. Frequently the committee requests final revisions to the Dissertation during the course of the Defense. It is risky to schedule a defense immediately before the deadline to submit the Dissertation in final form to the School of Liberal Arts for a particular graduation date.

The defense is attended by all members of the Dissertation Committee, but the Dissertation Director may also invite other interested and appropriate faculty to be present.

The final examination will not be waived, unless the candidate, in consultation with the Dissertation Director and with the approval of the Graduate Advisor for Latin American Studies, can establish a case of hardship in extremis which is subject to review and approval of the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

To find all necessary materials regarding procedures and deadlines, dissertation application forms, formatting guidelines and applications for degree, visit the website of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts Graduate Programs.




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Upcoming Events

Why Marronage Still Matters: Lecture with Dr. Neil Roberts

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What is the opposite of freedom? Dr. Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept ofmarronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space.In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

This event is sponsored by the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French Studies, Department of French and Italian.
For more information contact Ryan Joyce at or Fayçal Falaky at

Newcomb Art Museum to host María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for Gallery Talk

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Join us at the Newcomb Art Museum in welcoming Mexican artists María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for a noontime gallery talk as they discuss the current exhibition Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics (which features works by María José de la Macorra) and the focus and process of their work. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Newcomb Art Museum is featuring two ceramic exhibitions entitled Clay in Transit featuring contemporary Mexican ceramics and Clay in Place featuring Newcomb pottery and guild plus other never-before-exhibited pieces from the permanent collection.The exhibit presents the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who bridge the past and present by creating contemporary pieces using an ancient medium. The exhibit will feature works by Ana Gómez, Saúl Kaminer, Perla Krauze, María José Lavín, María José de la Macorra, Gustavo Pérez, Paloma Torres.

Exhibition curator and artist Paloma Torres explains, “In this contemporary moment, clay is a borderline. It is a material that has played a critical role in the development of civilization: early man used clay not only to represent spiritual concerns but also to hold food and construct homes.” While made of a primeval material, the exhibited works nonetheless reflect the artists’ twenty-first-century aesthetics and concerns as well as their fluency in diverse media—from painting and drawing to video, graphic design, and architecture.

The exhibit will run from January 18, 2018, through March 24, 2018. For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit the Newcomb Art Museum’s website.

Clay in Transit is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jennifer Wooster (NC ’91), Lora & Don Peters (A&S ’81), Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, Andrew and Eva Martinez, and the Newcomb Art Museum advisory board

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: kibe

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Bate Papo! Try a bit of Brazil’s Middle Eastern flavor with these kibe treats. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Loyola University to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

Please contact Nathan Henne ( for additional information.

Sponsored by
The Loyola Latin American Studies Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola
The Department of Language and Cultures
The Department of English

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: bolo de aipim

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Bate Papo! Drop by the LBC mezzanine floor for a slice of manioc sponge cake. We will be spread out across the green couches so come by to take a load off and chat for a bit. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: Romeo & Julieta

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Bate Papo! Join us once again in the LBC mezzanine area to sample the most romantic treat in all of Brazil: Romeo & Julieta. Never heard of it? Come give it a try! It is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before… This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at