About CLAS

MISSION: Established in 1968, the University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies provides an intellectual meeting point for members of our University and extended community to study, debate, and shape the big questions surrounding Latin America.

Our programs include:

  • Academic programs: CLAS offers a BA major and minor; a one-year Master of Arts; a joint MA in Latin American Studies/Master of Business Administration with the Booth School of Business; and a dual degree MA in Latin American Studies/MA in Public Policy with the Harris School of Public Policy Studies.
  • Events, conferences, and workshopsCLAS facilitates and promotes scholarship in all regions and disciplines of Latin America by organizing and cosponsoring academic conferences, lectures, special events, and graduate workshops on campus independently and in collaboration with other departments and institutions. The call for events proposals is open.
  • Visiting Scholars: CLAS brings prominent professors, practitioners, activists, and writers to teach and conduct research at the University of Chicago through various programs and partnerships. The Tinker Visiting Professorship annually brings 3–4 senior scholars and professionals from Latin America and Iberia to the University. CLAS supports the Katz Center for Mexican Studies in bringing scholars and writers through its exchange programs with the Colegio de México and the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA). And CLAS welcomes other visiting scholars and researchers from the region whose areas of expertise intersect with faculty and student interests.
  • Student grants and fellowshipsCLAS supports both preliminary field research in Latin America and Iberia and the intensive study of the region’s less commonly taught languages and the areas where they are spoken.
  • Public engagementCLAS  provides opportunities for Latin Americanist faculty and students to engage with the community off-campus, and vice versa. CLAS sponsors professional development workshops for K–12 school teachers, organizes the Latin American Briefing Series, and actively builds on- and off-campus relationships that promote the study and understanding of Latin America. To become involved with CLAS or to suggest an off-campus activity, please contact mirivas@uchicago.edu.

Through these programs, the Center sponsors activities that contribute to the richness of Latin American Studies on the University of Chicago campus and beyond.


To learn more about CLAS, please read our History and Annual Report.