Modern Languages and Literatures Department

Degree Name

BA in Modern Literatures and Languages




Kevin Fagan


My project aims to address the ideas, perceptions, and roles of race in Latin America. Latin America is a vast and diverse region that is often misunderstood by those unfamiliar with the culture. By researching the notions of race in this particular region, I aim to provide a clearer understanding on the various topics that stem from race, including racism, discrimination, racial whitening, and racial transformation.

First, I intend on examining the origins and implications of race, relating these topics to the Spanish Conquests. I will then identify and discuss the predominant races found within the region, giving a brief history of how and when each race first appeared. I will then thoroughly discuss the social stigmas of race in Latin America, as well as acknowledge the differences that exist in different geographical regions. Furthermore, I intend on discussing the concept of blanqueamiento, as well as the theory that a person’s race can change through the modification of certain behaviors. I will then discuss the rise of indigenous movements during the 1900’s and their effect on the region. Finally, I will compare and contrast the notions of race and racism in Latin America to those in the United States.