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May 31, 2024

May 2, 2024

Fourteen graduate students were selected to receive Travel grants to present at the upcoming conferences for the Latin American Studies Association  and the Caribbean Studies Assocation. Congratulations to all!

October 20, 2023

Applications are now available for the 2024 CLACS Field Research Grants.

Field Research Grants support graduate student research about Latin America and the Caribbean at the pre-dissertation level. Funding is generously provided by the Tinker Foundation through the Field Research Collaborative Program, and matched by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

September 25, 2023

The third season of Sur-Urbano, a podcast about Latin American cities, has launched with two new episodes. The podcast is hosted by Isabel Peñaranda and produced by the Latin American Cities Working Group, and brings together scholars, activists and planning practitioners to discuss Latin American cities from different perspectives. 

August 25, 2023

Since its founding in 1956, the Center for Latin American Studies has served as a bridge between the Bay Area and Latin America. In the past year, CLAS has undertaken a number of initiatives reorienting its work to emphasize the plurality and the complex geopolitics of what constitutes “Latin America.” Does it include territories subjected to colonization by England, the Netherlands, and France as well as Spain and Portugal?

August 11, 2023

Graduate students, do you want to share your academic passions while developing vital teaching and public speaking skills? 

ORIAS is seeking graduate student speakers interested in joining the ORIAS Speakers Bureau. This is a funded professional development opportunity to learn how to share your research with young audiences.

June 16, 2023

This fall semester, the CLAS Visiting Writer will be Daniela Rossell. She will be teaching a special seminar, "An Experimental Writing Workshop or: How to Say Yes"

When: Fridays: Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 10, and Nov 17 | 10:30 am a 1:30 pm | Fall Semester 2023

More information and registration here:

April 27, 2023

Julie Chávez Rodríguez, who graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Latin American Studies in 2000, was named to lead the 2024 Biden presidential campaign.

April 25, 2023

Congratulations to Charles Briggs and Amy Lerman on being named as new fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

April 13, 2023

Courses with Latin American Content, Fall 2023 

CLAS assembles a list of courses each semester that might be of interest to those studying Latin America. 

For more information on other courses, go to

March 20, 2023

The Center for Latin American Studies has some upcoming opportunities for graduate students and faculty in the coming year. Please share with your networks.
  1. 2023 Latin American Studies Association Congress Travel Grants: Travel stipends for Berkeley students to present at the 2023 LASA Congress - due April 1. 

January 17, 2023

Alice Taylor, a Graduate Affiliate for 2022-23, and C. Darius Gordon, who was an affiliate in 2021-22, have a new article with Professor Amilcar A. Pereira in Comparative Education Review. Their research examines connections the relationship between Black social movements in Brazil and the United States over the last century.

November 16, 2022

We the staff of the Center for Latin American Studies stand in solidarity with the 48,000 academic student employees on strike for a cost-of-living pay increase and additional demands that the University of California administration should honor, including disability justice, support for working parents, job security, and free passes for public transportation passes, among others. We cannot overemphasize how important graduate student participation is and has been for the Center of Latin American Studies.

November 13, 2022

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide funding to graduate and undergraduate students to encourage the study of critical and less commonly taught foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. CLAS is offering FLAS awards to  students studying Spanish, Portuguese, Nahuatl, or other Latin American languages. Fellowships are offered for both academic year and summer programs. Applications are due Feb 6, 2023. 

November 1, 2022

Applications are now available for the 2023 CLAS Field Research Grants.

Field Research Grants support graduate student research about Latin America at the pre-dissertation level. Funding is generously provided by the Tinker Foundation through the Field Research Collaborative Program, and matched by the Center for Latin American Studies.

Applications are due at 11:59 pm on December 15, 2022.

October 25, 2022

Antonia Mardones Marshall, a 2022 CLAS Summer Dissertation Fellow, discusses the disparity between the overwhelming victory of the call for a new Constitution in Chile and the nearly as strong rejection of the initial draft put out by that country's constitutional convention.

Read "Chile’s Constitutional Process: What Went Wrong and How to Move Forward" on the CLAS Blog

October 17, 2022

Professor Rebecca Herman's new book, Cooperating with the Colossus: A Social and Political History of US Military Bases in World War II Latin America, is now available in hard copy form from Oxford University Press and other outlets.

She spoke about the book in a conversation with Professor Margaret Chowning and Kyle Jackson on September 28.

October 11, 2022

Berkeley News

See the full press release in Berkeley News.

More than $12 million in new federal grants will drive dramatic expansion of UC Berkeley programs focused on international and regional studies, with benefits for both students and scholars, campus leaders announced today.

October 3, 2022

Applications are now open for funding for Research Working Groups.

Working groups comprised of UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students who gather regularly to discuss and share research on topics of mutual interest. CLAS provides funds and other support for group meetings, events, and other activities. Groups can be formed based on any given country, region, topic, or discipline related to Latin America, and have covered a wide range of subject matter. See past groups from 2021-22 and 2020-21

August 16, 2022

The Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to have again been named a National Resource Center and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant Recipient by the U.S. Department of Education for 2022-25.

August 9, 2022

A new blog by Laura Álvarez López, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Linguistics, is available on the CLAS Blog.

Professor Álvarez López outlines a recent spate of legislation, some actually enacted, that seeks to limit or ban the promotion of gender-neutral language in Latin America. 

May 31, 2022

Francia Márquez made history as an AfroColombian woman advancing to the final round of Colombia's 2022 elections as a vice presidential candidate.

Running with Gustavo Petro, their Historic Pact for Colombia ticket received the plurality of votes at over 40%, and advances to the runoff election on June 19, 2022.

March 1, 2022

CLAS announces three funding opportunities, with applications due this Spring semester. 

Event & Conference Cosponsorship Grants: Funding for UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and researchers to organize conferences, lectures, and cultural events. Applications are due 4/15 for fall 2022. More information here.

January 12, 2022

Jun q'olb'elb'il te kyiy / Greetings to you all,

We are happy to announce the Spring 2022 Mam Language workshop at Laney College. This unofficial class offers an overview of Mam language and culture in Guatemala and Oakland, looking at aspects of culture, history, language, and cuisine through the development of basic conversational skills in  contemporary Mam language. 

November 24, 2021

Looking for a course for Spring 2022? CLAS has collected a list of Berkeley courses with Latin American content:

If you have comments or suggestions for more courses to be included in the list, please write to

November 1, 2021

Tinker Field Research Grants are available for graduate students to support travel and field-related expenses for brief periods of pre-dissertation field research in Latin America, defined here as the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the region. In 2022, remote research is allowed. Awards are open to students across all academic disciplines and graduate degree programs.

October 19, 2021

The CLAS Community Library is now available for your browsing. Visit CLAS and take home one of our collection of books on and about Latin America. The Community Library is available during normal CLAS business hours, 9 am - 4 pm Monday through Thursday (donation suggested). 

September 8, 2021

Every academic year, CLAS cosponsors lectures, conferences, and events organized by UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff.

Events must be organized by students, faculty, staff, or researchers affiliated with the university, must take place on campus (or virtually, hosted by a Berkeley account), and must be open to the public. Funds can be used towards honoraria, technical expenses, production costs, space rental, and/or transportation (food/refreshments are not allowed).

Proposals for Spring 2022 are due on October 15th. 

August 27, 2021

Every academic year CLAS sponsors several working groups comprised of UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students who gather regularly to discuss and share research on topics of mutual interest. CLAS provides funds to support costs related to group meetings, speaker series, and small conferences.
Proposals for funding for the 2021-22 academic year are due September 5th.

August 17, 2021

August 10, 2021

Valeria Ramírez Castañeda discusses a new approach in Colombia that takes on the goal of "objectivity" which has for so long isolated scientific practice from its social context. 

Read "Construyendo Ciencias para la Paz: Experiencias interdisciplinarias desde Colombia"

July 13, 2021

Daniel Payares Montoya, a consultant at the World Bank and former researcher at CLAS, discusses the impact of the pandemic on employment in Latin America, and argues for forward-looking policies for the region after Covid-19. Read "The Future of Work in Latin America."

June 25, 2021

It is with great pleasure that we announce Professor Natalia Brizuela as the new director of the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Director Brizuela’s appointment will begin on July 1, 2021.

May 3, 2021

The Center for Latin American Studies is organizing a new calendar, the Latin American Community Calendar, for events about Latin America and Latinx communities in the U.S., across the Americas, and around the world. This calendar is intended to be a resource for events across campus, and is not limited to CLAS events. 

April 25, 2021

Katie Sharar lives in Tucson, Arizona, and for nearly 20 years has worked in Arizona, Texas, and Mexico to support people in migration on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. For the CLAS Blog, she examines the impact of a Trump administration policy using pandemic concerns to overturn the rights of migrants, and argues for a more humane asylum system and border policy.

March 31, 2021

Visual and performance artist and scholar Laila Espinoza writes about using her art to draw attention to the continuing violence against women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, where nearly a thousand victims of feminicide have been reported since 2010.

February 1, 2021

It is with great pleasure that we announce Professor Rosemary Joyce as the new Interim Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies. Director Joyce's appointment will last January 1 - July 1, 2021.