About CLAS

Welcome to the Center for Latin American Studies!

 The Center for Latin American Studies was one of the first of its kind in the United States. Its core faculty bring together diverse scholarly interests with a focus on Latin America, and adjunct faculty drawn from the Washington, D.C. area supplement their offerings. The center regularly welcomes visiting scholars from both the United States and Latin America and foments research in topics relating to Latin America. The center also sponsors summer programs in Brazil, Chile and Colombia,  publishes occasional working papers and organizes a weekly online newsletter.

Georgetown is a world-class university located in the heart of Washington, D.C. The nation's capital and its dynamic international character pervade a Georgetown University education.  Georgetown faculty include a former secretary of state, ambassadors to the United Nations, economists at the World Bank, White House domestic and foreign policy advisors, attorneys in influential law firms, and prominent academics in renown think tanks.  CLAS benefits from its close connections with leading international organizations such as the Organization of American States, Inter-American Development Bank, the Inter-American Foundation and the World Bank; strong ties with non-profit organizations such as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Washington Office on Latin America, and the Inter-American Dialogue; and a working relationship with Latin American embassies. The political culture and cosmopolitan population of Washington and the dynamic community of the metropolitan area touch students' lives in many ways. This environment significantly enhances the blend of theory and practice that lies at the foundation of the School of Foreign Service curriculum.