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.


Gonzalo Paz

Gonzalo Paz quoted in Xinhua article

Dr. Gonzalo Paz, CLAS professor, was quoted  in a recent Xinhua article covering President Xi Jinping’s visit to Argentina. Article in Spanish.

Nicolas Albertoni

CLAS Alum Nicolás Albertoni (MA’16) Publishes Chapter in New Book

Nicolás Albertoni (MA’16) and Christopher Sabatini contributed research to a new book, Necessary Travel: New Area Studies and Canada in Comparative Perspective. Their chapter is titled “Latin American Studies: What Have We Achieved and Where are We Heading?.”

photo of student leaders seated around a boardroom table

Cuban Leadership Forum

On November 14, LatAm Council student leaders invited Cuban students, entrepreneurs and leaders to take part in a roundtable conversation about Cuba. This conversation was incredibly rich and interesting, as all participants were able to post questions beforehand and receive