Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Director's Message

Welcome to the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown! Founded in 1984, CLACS is Brown’s oldest area studies center. We have over 100 Brown faculty and professional staff affiliates in the humanities, life, physical and social sciences, all of whom are carrying out exciting research in Latin America, the Caribbean, and with Latinx communities around the world. CLACS provides a welcoming home to graduate students across the disciplines who are developing independent research on the region, connecting them with one another and supporting their scholarship and professionalization. We also offer a thriving and flexible concentration to our undergraduate students. With generous donor support, we bring distinguished visiting scholars from Latin America to teach courses and enrich the Brown intellectual community. Located in the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, CLACS shares in and contributes to Watson’s goal of promoting a just and peaceful world through research, teaching, and public engagement. We are continuously seeking new ways to engage with our Providence and Rhode Island communities. Please join us in our continuing efforts to build Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown.

Jessaca Leinaweaver
Director, CLACS
Professor of Anthropology