The UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) is the central hub to four ethnic studies centers- American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Bunche Center for African American Studies, and Chicano Studies Research Center. Together, the IAC and the four centers work to increase understanding of the emerging social and cultural realities in America through innovative research, events, fellowships, scholarship, grants, and civic engagement. In 2019, the ​IAC and the centers will mark their historic 50th anniversary during UCLA's centennial​ year.


  • Innovative research
  • Events that promote awareness, diversity, advocacy and discussion of issues related to race and ethnicity
  • Fellowships and research grant programs
  • Scholarship and academic excellence
  • Civic engagement



Seeking an Indigenous Studies Tenure-Track Full-Time Assistant Professor. More Information here 

Read IAC's June newsletter for the latest ethnic studies center news.

IAC's latest calendar of events through the end of spring quarter here.

The UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez has been named director of the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, effective July 2019. Learn more.

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