The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) was founded in 1966, as the first area studies center at NYU. Today it is one of the premier centers of its kind in the country. The Center’s national and international reputation derives from the strength of its approximately 130 research-active affiliated faculty. Among them are presidents of national professional associations, members of the National Academy, finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, recipients of Guggenheims, NEH, ACLS, Ford, Rockefeller, MacArthur and other prestigious fellowships and honors.
Together with Columbia University’s Institute of Latin American Studies, CLACS is a federally designated Title VI National Resource Center (NRC), through which CLACS supports faculty and student research abroad as well as faculty working groups and three faculty-directed regional area studies initiatives: The Caribbean Initiative, the Andean Initiative, and the Brazil Initiative. As an NRC, CLACS hosts extensive public programming, from public lectures to film series and a range of events and workshops for K-12 teachers. In addition to NRC funding, CLACS receives funding from the Foreign Language and Area Studies program of the US Department of Education. Those funds allow us to grant academic-year and summer fellowships for students of critical foreign languages and areas, particularly Quechua and Portuguese.
The Center is highly regarded for its rigorous, interdisciplinary MA program, one of the oldest and most successful in the field. We have joint MA programs with Global Journalism, Museum Studies, Law, and Library Science. The Center’s Quechua language program, launched in Fall 2008, offers rigorous language training through the intermediate level, and has received media attention from local, national, and international news agencies in New York and Latin America. Our graduates have worked in top organizations in the field including the Americas Society, the Washington Office on Latin America, the Huffington Post, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations; others have pursued PhDs and professional degrees at Yale, Duke, UCLA, UT Austin, and here at NYU.
Past and present CLACS students run the acclaimed news site Latin American News Dispatch (LAND). CLACS is also home to NACLA (the North American Congress on Latin America) whose quarterly Report is a longstanding voice in foreign policy analysis. Please follow the CLACS Blog and join our mailing list to receive information on CLACS events and programs: we welcome your participation. If you are a prospective student, please be in contact with us!