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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) engages with graduate and undergraduate students from across the disciplines working on Latin America and the Caribbean and/or Latinx communities. CLACS supports graduate student work on the region through fellowships, grants and activities. Graduate students from any discipline are invited to become affiliated students. The Center also has a lively and flexible concentration and graduates approximately ten concentrators each year. The CLACS Undergraduate Fellows Program also provides support and opportunities to undergraduates.


The concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACA) is designed to help students develop an interdisciplinary understanding of culture, history, and contemporary issues in Latin America. Social, political, economic, scientific, literary, and cultural factors combine to explain the Latin American and Caribbean societies of today. The concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies provides the opportunity to use the methods of various disciplines and integrate different ways of knowing.


CLACS contributes to graduate education and training at Brown by supporting students' development through courses and events and providing funding for summer fieldwork in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as dissertation fellowships. The Center also sponsors interdisciplinary graduate colloquia where students are given an opportunity to present and get feedback on their research from peers and faculty members.