Welcome to Center for Latin American Studies

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) was named a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center and received a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Grant (2010-2014). CLAS hosts an outstanding faculty with particular expertise regionally in Mexico, Brazil and Central America. Thematic strengths include Environmental Studies, Border Studies, Power & Inequality, and History & Culture. The Center offers an undergraduate major and minor; a Masters Degree, with dual degree programs in Journalism, Law, Public Health and Public Administration; as well as a PhD minor option. The Center for Latin American Studies coordinates a broad range cultural events, faculty & student research, outreach and teaching.

Center News

It is with tremendous pride and great pleasure that the Center for Latin American Studies congratulates Kathleen C. Schwartzman for this significant recognition of her exceptional book, The Chicken Trail. The William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on U.S.-Latin American relations published in... read more
SWC Benefit Dinner - support justice for workers!
The Southside Worker Center is having its 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner!  May 3rd at Trinity Presbyterian Church (400 E University Blvd) from 6:00PM to 9:30PM.  The $15 entry fee includes dinner.  You... read more
LAS Faculty Affiliate Kathleen C. Schwartzman is the recipient of the William M. LeoGrande Prize
Kathleen C. Schwartzman is the recipient of the William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on U.S.-Latin American relations published in 2012-2013.  This award for The Chicken Trail: Following... read more
ANTH/LAS 360 Drug Wars and Oil Fortunes in Latin America Present Todd Miller, author of “Border Patrol Nation, Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security”
ANTH/LAS 360 Drug Wars and Oil Fortunes in Latin America Present Todd Miller, author of “Border Patrol Nation, Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security” Tuesday, April 15th, 12:30 pm to 1... read more
The Binational Migration Institute and the Center for Latin American Studies present Dr. Carlos Durand: “Neoliberalism and Indigenous Rights, Twenty Years after the Zapatista Rebellion”
The Binational Migration Institute and the Center for Latin American Studies present Dr. Carlos Durand: “Neoliberalism and Indigenous Rights, Twenty Years after the Zapatista Rebellion” Wednesday,... read more
Executive Summary- Virtual Dialogues with Latin America, Socio-Environmental Conflict in Latin America, Lessons from the Yasuni-ITT in Ecuador, Panel Discussion, Thursday, October 17th, Final Report
Executive Summary- Virtual Dialogues with Latin America, Socio-Environmental Conflict in Latin America, Lessons from the Yasuni-ITT in Ecuador, Panel Discussion, held Thursday, October 17th, ... read more