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 brings together diverse scholarly interests with a focus on Latin America and is supplemented by adjunct faculty from the Washington D.C. metro area. The center regularly welcomes visiting scholars from both the United States and Latin America and foments research on the region. The center also sponsors summer programs in Brazil, Chile and Colombia,  publishes  working papers, and organizes a weekly online newsletter.

Georgetown is a world-class university located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Proximity to the nation's capital and its dynamic international character contribute to the excellence of a Georgetown University education.  Georgetown University also attracts unparalleled academic resources. The university's 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 from influential law firms, and prominent academics in renown think tanks.  CLAS in particular benefits from its close connections with leading international organizations such as the Organization of American States, the 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. This environment significantly enhances the blend of theory and practice that lies at the foundation of the School of Foreign Service curriculum.