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 the Washington D.C. area and the region to serve as adjunct faculty. The Center regularly hosts visiting scholars from around the world and sponsors a cutting-edge research program that links students to research projects led by CLAS core faculty members.

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  • Wendy Martinez
    Sharing sad news from Georgetown CLAS
    September 19, 2018

    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.

  • Nell Haynes Photo
    Welcome Professor Nell Haynes!
    August 31, 2018

    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.

  • Photo of Anna Deeny Morales
    Dr. Anna Deeny Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant
    August 30, 2018

    The National Endowment for the Arts announced that CLAS professor Dr. Anna Deeny Morales will receive an NEA Literature Translation Fellowship for her work translating Gabriela Mistral's work "Tala [Fells]". Dr. Anna Deeny Morales is one of 25 Literature Translation Fellows for fiscal year 2019.

  • Photo of Ricardo Ernst's  filming a video on Globalization
    ¿Qué significa para ti y para América Latina: Globalización, Competitividad y Gobernabilidad?
    July 19, 2018

    "Globalization is here to stay!" Executive Director of @GeorgetownLatAm Professor @Ernstr_97 talks about how Latin American countries can navigate globalization through competitiveness and governability, the topic of his upcoming book.

  • photo of John Tutino
    What does AMLO’s victory mean for Mexicans—and people in the United States?
    July 19, 2018

    AN OPINION PIECE BY JOHN TUTINO Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) won the election as President of Mexico, with allied majorities in the Senate and Chamber of Deputies. When inaugurated he will be in position to move an agenda—a rarity in a world of fragmented power. So what does he seek?

  • photo of John Bailey
    Implications of Mexico’s 2018 General Elections for US-Mexico Relations
    July 19, 2018

    AN OPINION PIECE BY DR. JOHN BAILEY Mexico’s general election on July 1 came off quite well. After 50 years of following Mexican politics and seeing all sorts of election turmoil, this was no foregone conclusion. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, won the presidency with 53% of the vote, a 30% margin over his closest rival. There was no doubt about the outcome, and his opponents quickly and graciously conceded.

  • Photo of Dilma Rouseff and Luis Inacio Lula da Silva
    Professor Monica Arruda de Almeida on Lula's Participation in Brazil's 2018 Presidential Elections
    July 11, 2018

    Professor Monica Arruda de Almeida was mentioned in a recent Portafolio article, where she explains why Lula won't be a candidate in Brazil's upcoming October presidential elections.

  • Flyer for CAROLA Student Writing Competition on the Backlash of Globalization
    Student Writing Competition
    July 5, 2018

    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). Winners will be announced on October 31st, 2018.

  • Photo of Ambassador Nestor Mendez at Georgetown
    The Summit of the Americas
    April 24, 2018

    The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Latin America Leadership Program (LALP) welcomed Ambassador Nestor Mendez, Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). Ambassador Mendez shared his views on the recently held VIII Summit of the Americas, focusing on the lessons learned with heads of state, the Western Hemisphere, and the path ahead for the region.

  • Book cover of Matías Romero y el oficio diplomático: 1837-1898
    Matías Romero y el oficio diplomático
    April 19, 2018

    On April 19th, 2018, the Center for Latin American Studies co-sponsored an event with the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLAS) to discuss Matías Romero y el oficio diplomático: 1837-1898, a book published by Dr. Sergio Silva Castañeda and Dr. Graciela Márquez.