Latin American Studies
Director of the Center: Rodolfo Dirzo
Associate Director: Megan Gorman
Tinker Visiting Professors: Enrique Casanovas, Mauricio Fontes, Miguel A. Garcés, Roberto Ierusalimschy, Iris Kantor, Pablo Neumeyer
Affiliated Faculty and Staff:
Anthropology: Clifford Barnett (emeritus), George Collier (emeritus), Lisa Curran, Carolyn Duffey, William Durham, James Fox, Angela Garcia, John Rick, Ian Robertson
Art and Art History: Enrique Chagoya, Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz
Biology: Gretchen Daily, Rodolfo Dirzo, Harold Mooney, Peter Vitousek, Virginia Walbot
Carnegie Institution for Science: Gregory Asner
Comparative Literature: Roland Greene, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, José David Saldívar
Dance: Susan Cashion (emerita)
Earth Sciences, School of: Pamela Matson
Economics: Roger Noll (emeritus)
Education, School of: Martin Carnoy, Amado Padilla, Guadalupe Valdés
Engineering, School of: Jenna Davis, Bruce Lusignan (emeritus), Leonard Ortolano
English: Ramón Saldívar (also Comparative Literature)
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies: Rosamond Naylor
History: Zephyr Frank, Tamar Herzog
Hoover Institute: Herbert Klein
Human Biology: Anne Firth Murray
Iberian and Latin American Cultures: Héctor Hoyos, Marília Librandi Rocha, Michael Predmore, Joan Ramon Resina, Jorge Ruffinelli, Lisa Surwillo, Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano
International Relations: Thomas O'Keefe
Language Center: José Carlos Fajardo, Alice Miano, Ana Sierra, Lyris Wiedemann
Law, School of: James Cavallaro, Jonathan Greenberg, Thomas Heller (emeritus)
Linguistics: John Rickford
Medicine, School of: Gabriel Garcia, Evaleen Jones, Grant Miller, Paul Wise
Political Science: Stephen Haber, Terry Karl, Beatriz Magaloni, Robert Packenham (emeritus), Gary Segura, Michael Tomz
Religious Studies: Thomas Sheehan
Sociology: Tomás Jiménez, Michael Rosenfeld
Stanford University Libraries: Adán Griego, Sergio Stone, Robert Trujillo
Center Offices: Bolívar House, 582 Alvarado Row
Mail Code: 94305-8545
Department Phone: (650) 723-4444
Web Site: http://las.stanford.edu
The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) supports research and teaching in all fields of study as they relate to Latin America. Academic programs encourage interdisciplinary approaches and draw on the expertise of nearly sixty active affiliated faculty members representing Stanford's various schools and departments. Stanford University Libraries' substantial Latin American collections are valuable resources for students, faculty, and visiting researchers alike. Each year CLAS hosts a number of Tinker Visiting Professors, highly distinguished Latin American and Iberian scholars who come to Stanford to teach a course in their field of specialization. The Center for Latin American Studies maintains a highly active public events calendar and provides funding to students and faculty for a variety of research, teaching, internship, and conference activities. Stanford offers three formal academic programs in Latin American Studies: an Undergraduate Minor, Interdisciplinary Honors, and a Master of Arts degree. The Center is a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Latin America.
Undergraduate Programs in Latin American Studies
Currently, Stanford University does not offer an undergraduate major in Latin American Studies; however, undergraduates may pursue a minor or interdisciplinary honors in Latin American Studies. In addition, students may concentrate on Latin America through other departmental and interdisciplinary degree programs, such as Anthropology, History, Political Science, Iberian and Latin American Cultures, or International Relations. Interested students should consult the relevant departmental web sites and sections of this bulletin for further information.
Undergraduates can obtain a coterminal M.A. degree in Latin American Studies while concurrently working on their undergraduate major by applying during the regular admissions cycle no later than their senior year.
Financial AidEach summer, CLAS awards grants to a small number of undergraduates to complete internships in Latin America. Applications include a proposal, academic transcript, and letters of recommendation. Students from any department are eligible to apply. See http://las.stanford.edu.
Students in undergraduate programs who plan to enroll in Portuguese or Quechua language and area or international studies courses may be eligible for Academic Year and Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. Recipients of FLAS fellowships must be American citizens or permanent residents. For detailed program information and eligibility, see http://las.stanford.edu.
Graduate Programs in Latin American Studies
The one-year master's program in Latin American Studies is designed for students who have experience working, living, or studying in Latin America or Iberia and little prior course work on Latin America.
Stanford University does not offer a Ph.D. program in Latin American Studies; however, doctoral candidates may concentrate on Latin America through other departmental programs, such as Anthropology, History, Political Science, or Iberian and Latin American Cultures. Interested applicants should consult the relevant departmental web sites and sections of this bulletin for admissions information and further details.
AdmissionThe application deadline for the 2012-13 academic year is January 10, 2012. Applicants submit an online application, including a 500-word statement of purpose, resumé, 10-15 page double-spaced academic writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. In addition, all applicants must submit official transcripts and GRE general test scores. TOEFL scores are required of applicants whose first language is not English or who did not earn a degree from an undergraduate institution where English is the primary language of instruction. For information on university graduate admissions and to access the online application, visit http://gradadmissions.stanford.edu.
Applicants must meet the University admission requirements, have a working knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese at the university third-year level or higher, and have experience working, living, or studying in Latin America or Iberia prior to admission.
CLAS takes a broad approach to evaluating applications for admission. As important as GRE scores and grades are the applicant's essay, letters of recommendation, academic writing sample, and the experiences and goals conveyed through the personal statement and resume.
Students interested in pursuing the joint degree program in Latin American Studies and Law (J.D.) or a dual degree in Latin American Studies and Business (M.B.A.) or Medicine (M.D.) must apply to each program separately and be accepted by both. Details about the joint and dual degree programs can be found in the "Master of Arts in Latin American Studies" section of this bulletin.
Financial AidThe Center for Latin American Studies provides several graduate fellowships as well as limited course assistantships with the Tinker Visiting Professors each quarter.
Students in graduate programs who plan to enroll in Portuguese or Quechua language and area or international studies courses may be eligible for Academic Year and Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. Recipients of FLAS fellowships must be American citizens or permanent residents. Applicants to the M.A. program have priority in the annual FLAS competition; in recent years CLAS has also awarded FLAS fellowships to students enrolled in the School of Engineering and the School of Law. For detailed program information and eligibility, see http://las.stanford.edu.
CLAS awards Working Group grants to graduate students across the University who wish to organize events such as lectures, speaker series, symposia, exchange of working papers, and collaborative research efforts. For detailed program information and eligibility, see http://las.stanford.edu.