The Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative supports an interdisciplinary intellectual community of scholars and students invested in thinking critically about race, ethnicity, nation, culture, and power. Hemispheric methodologies and research demonstrate a particular interest in comparison, interaction, overlap and movement between people, locales, and ideas.

The initiative is especially attentive to the following themes: 1) translocal and transnational affiliations and networks; 2) transnational conflict and cooperation; 3) contested spatial dynamics and registers; 4) alternative histories, futures, and notions of time; 5) bio-politics and race as a crucial feature of southernness; and 6) socio-economic policies and actions intended to alter, extend, or supplant aspects of southernness.