Students in front of photo by Professor Emeritus Lewis Watts at our 25th Anniversary Celebration (left), Professor Bridget Anderson of Oxford University presenting her research at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (right).

The Research Center for the Americas (RCA) at UC Santa Cruz is a scholarly unit that supports bold and visionary research exploring the incredible diversity of the Americas region and organizes public events for the community. With faculty and graduate student affiliates from across the UC Santa Cruz campus in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts, Engineering, and Physical and Biological Sciences, the RCA is a vibrant forum for investigation and exchange. We also host public events, such as conferences, seminars, lectures, and film screenings to promote dialogues without borders.


Support Our Public Events & World Class Scholars

The RCA brought in scholars from around the world to discuss topics on migration in and beyond the Americas, which helped the development of key concepts and ideas explored in my dissertation research. 
— Claudia Maria Lopez, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellow (2016—2017)

Since 1992, the RCA has an established record of bringing world-class scholars to Santa Cruz and regularly hosting public events both on and off campus, such as conferences, symposia, seminars, workshops, lectures, and film screenings. Since 2014, we have sponsored or cosponsored an average of 18 public events per academic year, approximating nearly 100 public events in the past five years alone. Support us in expanding our efforts to sponsor public events and bring top scholars to Santa Cruz.

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Support Research by Our Faculty & Graduate Students

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The RCA gave me an opportunity to grow as a researcher, instructor, and administrator. The experience that I gained at the RCA proved invaluable as I was offered, and accepted, a position to direct Latinx and Latin American Studies at Chapman University. 
Ruben Espinoza, RCA Graduate Student Researcher (2013 – 2014)

The RCA brings together over 90 faculty at UC Santa Cruz and we offer research support to faculty and graduate students. RCA researchers bring new and unexpected approaches that promote inquiry, exploration, and creativity in an effort to propose new solutions to wide-ranging problems. The RCA also sponsors academic research groups of faculty and graduate students to encourage intellectual engagement about pressing issues facing our region. Be a supporter of critical thinking and scholarship that benefits our society at large.

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Support Our Undergraduate Students

The RCA teaches UC Santa Cruz undergraduates how to think critically and helps prepare them for graduate and professional school by providing them with mentorship and hands-on research experience via our Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program and our Professional Development Fund. These future leaders are often the first in their families to go to college and have immigrant backgrounds. The RCA seeks to provide the essential mentoring and support to ensure their future success. Support and invest in the leaders of now and tomorrow so that they may enhance their educational experience to the benefit of their future careers.

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