NYU’s Latino Studies Program is part of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, and is dedicated to the study of the historical, social and cultural experience of Latino communities, with a strong interest in the transnational dimensions of U.S. Latino life. Several strengths give Latino Studies at NYU intellectual weight and a unique profile. Its faculty combines social science expertise, including anthropology, history, political science and sociology, with strength in the arts, including literature, music, performance and film. Its core faculty include distinguished specialists in all major areas of Latino Studies interest, including but not limited to, Chicana/o, Puerto Rican, Cuban studies, and gender and sexuality studies. In addition, the Latino Studies program draws on the expertise of affiliated faculty in the fields of law, education, performance studies, medicine, social work,linguistics and art history. The program combines a historical perspective, going back to early colonialism and pre-colonial times,with the study of contemporary developments such as recent Mexican and South American immigration to New York City. Latino Studies houses a groundbreaking research project on Afro-Latino history and culture. The program values the bilingual and multilingual aspects of Latino culture, and encourages them in its students.