CLAS Alumni


Over the past 30 years, generations of students have expanded their knowledge and research on Latin America at the University of Chicago thanks to the Center for Latin American Studies.


BA, MA, and doctoral CLAS alumni have used their interdisciplinary training to pursue careers both within and outside of academia. You will find our alumni in a range of professions—from university professors to public school teachers, researchers to advocacy workers, and filmmakers to journalists. 

Here we highlight the diverse paths of our graduates and celebrate their professional achievements.


Through the Center’s interdisciplinary and individualized degree programs, CLAS alumni have gone on to pursue careers that stem from their academic training. The following profiles give a sense of how University of Chicago alumni have put their education in Latin American Studies to work.

Ben Jalowsky

Ben Jalowsky, AM'16

Program Analyst
US Department of State

Alex McAnarney, AM'12

Communications Officer
Center for Justice and International Law

Jimmy McDonough, AB'16

Program Analyst for Latin America
Howard G. Buffett Foundation

Ander Iruretagoyena, AB'16

Investment Banking Analyst
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  Stephanie Cook

Stephanie Cook, AM'16

Director of Programming
Lawyers Club of San Diego


CLAS Connect

The University of Chicago’s Center for Latin American Studies mentorship program facilitates mutually beneficial exchanges and relationships between UChicago Latin Americanist alumni and current students in order to promote career exploration and advancement.

CLAS offers various mentorship opportunities that allow students and alumni to connect with one another through one-time meetings, long-term commitments,  campus events, and career shadowing. 

More information coming soon!


The CLAS Alumni Newsletter will be distributed electronically every year, and will include alumni profiles, alumni news and publications, information on the paths of new grads, and CLAS program updates.

Read our inaugural issue here.