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Weaving Facts Through the Complexity of Global Migration

by Alex Russell


Luis left his home in Guatemala to escape the criminal gangs that were extorting him repeatedly with a threat of violence. He left behind his family, his culture and his very identity for a chance to live the American Dream. 

Claudia Sánchez-Gutiérrez Receives Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Award


Professor of Spanish Claudia Sánchez-Gutiérrez was recently awarded one of four 2024 Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Awards by Graduate Studies and Graduate Council. According to Graduate Studies, "These awards shine a light on the power of mentorship in shaping the academic and professional journeys of UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars."

Congratulations, Dr. Sánchez-Gutiérrez!

UC Davis Scholar Explains the Importance of Chiles in Birria on KQED


Daniela Gutiérrez Flores, assistant professor of Spanish at UC Davis, recently appeared on KQED's "Beyond the Menu" show. 

In this episode, host Cecilia Phillips interviews the owners of El Garage in Richmond, Calif. as well as food writer Bill Esparza and Gutiérrez Flores, who specializes in early modern Spanish and colonial Latin American studies, about birria tacos and their history in the Bay Area and beyond. 

-By Maria Sestito

Spanish Faculty Daniela Gutiérrez-Flores among UC Davis Scholars to Receive $225K for ‘Food Justice’ Seminar

by Maria Sestito | March 20, 2024

A team of UC Davis scholars and professors have secured $225,000 in grant funding for Thinking Food @ the Intersections, a seminar focused on exploring the narratives and systems that contribute to food inequity in the U.S. The seminar, planned for the 2024-2025 academic year, will have dual goals of understanding the complexities of food justice through a humanities framework as well as finding new potential solutions.  

UCD Spanish Grad José "JB" Barrera elected to the National Board of Directors of LULAC, in the role of National Vice President for the Far West

Congratulations to UCD Spanish Grad, and DACA Enrollee, José Barrera, who has been elected to the National Board of Directors of LULAC, in the role of National Vice President for the Far West (see 

The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

What Can I Do with My Major? The Languages and Literatures Edition

What Can I Do with My Major? The Languages and Literatures Edition

Watch our recorded presentation from the Internship and Career Center of career exploration and planning while enjoying your major and courses in Languages and Literatures!  See how our humanities majors give you transferable, technical and personal traits to help you in your future career!

UC Davis Rises to 6th Among Nation’s Top Public Universities

U.S. News Rankings Highlight Social Mobility Campus Provides

by Julia Ann Easley | September 17, 2023

The University of California, Davis, rose to tie for sixth place among the nation’s top public universities in rankings published today (Sept. 17) by U.S. News & World Report.

The 2024 Best Colleges rankings moved UC Davis up four places from last year among public universities and up 10 places to tie for No. 28 among all national universities.

Fall Virtual Drop-In Advising Hours

Virtual Drop-In Advising We offer virtual drop-in advising three days each week Mondays 10:00 - 12:00 Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00

Welcome to Fall 2023!  Sproul hall and the undergrad advising team are looking forward to the new academic year and welcoming you back.  Please use the below link to make an advising appointment or see the flyer for our virtual front desk (drop-in) advising.

The UC Iberian Studies Consortium has Been Launched

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is delighted to announce that thanks to a generous gift from Roberta Lee Johnson (BA and MA, UC Davis; professor emerita, University of Kansas), the UC Iberian Studies Consortium has been formed, and will be headquartered at UC Davis.