Welcome to CLAS

When CLAS opened its doors in 1959, just months after the Cuban Revolution, it was one of the first Latin American Studies programs in the United States.

It has continued to be a leader in area studies, bringing together scholars and practitioners from Washington D.C. and the region to serve as adjunct faculty.

CLAS offers summer programs in Brazil, Chile and Colombia, and encourages undergraduate study in Ecuador and Argentina.

M.A. students at CLAS reflect a broad range of international and domestic backgrounds and experiences.

CLAS’s faculty brings together diverse scholarly interests with a focus on Latin America from the Washington D.C. area.


Ricardo Falla, S.J. talking to students during the event

Human Rights and the Question of Genocide in the Guatemalan Civil War

On October 25th, the Center for Latin American Studies hosted priest and anthropologist Father Ricardo Falla, S.J. for a discussion about the 1982 San Francisco Massacre in Guatemala. Though a tragedy almost three decades in the past, Fr. Falla stressed the continuing impact that memories of this massacre, and others like it, continue to have on Guatemala.

Call for Paper flyer CAROLA competition

Student Writing Competition

Winning essays will be awarded the Marcos and Ida Kerschner Prize: $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. The top submission will also be eligible for publication in Americas Quarterly. Due November 30, 2018!

Hemispheric Indigeneities book cover

Professors Erick Langer and Miléna Santoro Edit New Book

CLAS congratulates Professors Erick Langer and Miléna Santoro for the publication of a new book by University of Nebraska Press which they co-edited. The book, titled Hemispheric Indignities, is a critical anthology that brings together indigenous and non indigenous scholars specializing in the Andes, Mesoamerica, and Canada.

Photo of Wendy Martinez

Sharing sad news from Georgetown CLAS

We write to share the very sad news of the tragic death of Wendy Karina Martinez, CLAS MA 2012. Let us find strength in one another, in our faith, and in the mission and sense of connectedness that unite us. And let us pray for Wendy and her family and friends at this terribly difficult time.