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.


People waving Cuban flags in airplane cabin

Thoughts on Meeting with the Cuban President in New York

Last fall, R.O. Niederstrasser-Hernández (LAS’20) was invited to attend a closed event at the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations in New York. There he had the opportunity to meet Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel during the latter’s first visit to the United States.

Sarah Brokenborough

Pickering and Rangel Fellows Choose SFS Graduate Programs

As the oldest school of international affairs in the United States and the largest feeder school into the U.S. Foreign Service, the Walsh School of Foreign Service is a destination of choice for many Pickering and Rangel Fellows, the premier graduate fellowship programs in international affairs. There are currently over two dozen students in SFS graduate programs pursuing Pickering or Rangel fellowships.

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?.”