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.

CLAS News

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, the leading publication on politics, business, and culture in the Americas. Submissions will be evaluated by a committee set up by Georgetown Law’s Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA). Due November 30, 2018!

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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 Indigeneities, is a critical anthology that brings together indigenous and nonindigenous scholars specializing in the Andes, Mesoamerica, and Canada. The overarching theme is the changing understanding of indigeneity from first contact to the contemporary period in three of the world’s major regions of indigenous peoples.

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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. Wendy passed away last night after being attacked and stabbed near Logan Circle while jogging. This has been a difficult year of deaths in the CLAS community, and this one, with its violence, is perhaps the hardest to take. 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.

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Welcome Professor Nell Haynes!

The Department of Anthropology is excited that Professor Nell Haynes will be joining us for the 2018-2019 Academic Year! Her research and teaching focus on gender and indigeneity in Latin America. In particular, she is interested in the ways that notions of who counts as “authentically indigenous” become expressed through and troubled by popular culture and media.

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Anna Deeny Morales Receives Literature Translation Fellowship

On August 29, 2018, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Anna Deeny Morales will receive an NEA Literature Translation Fellowship of $12,500. Anna Deeny Morales is one of 25 Literature Translation Fellows for fiscal year 2019. In total, the NEA is recommending $325,000 in grants this round to support the new translation of poetry and prose from 17 countries into English.