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Latin American Studies

Director of the Center: Herbert S. Klein

Associate Director: Megan Gorman

Tinker Visiting Professors: Eduardo Dvorkin, Fernando Ferreira, Jo„o Adolfo Hansen, Arturo Ripstein

Affiliated Faculty and Staff:

Anthropology: Clifford Barnett (emeritus), George Collier (emeritus), Carolyn Duffey, William Durham, James Fox, Dominique Irvine, John Rick, Ian Robertson

Art and Art History: Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz

Biology: Gretchen Daily, Rodolfo Dirzo, Harold Mooney, Peter Vitousek, Virginia Walbot

Comparative Literature: Roland Greene, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Dance: Susan Cashion (emerita)

Earth Sciences, School of: Pamela Matson

Economics: Roger Noll (emeritus)

Education, School of: Martin Carnoy, Amado Padilla, Guadalupe Valdťs

Engineering, School of: Adrian Lew, Bruce Lusignan (emeritus), Leonard Ortolano

English: Ramůn SaldŪvar (also Comparative Literature)

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies: Rosamond Naylor, David Victor

History: Zephyr Frank, Stephen Haber, Tamar Herzog, Herbert S. Klein

Hoover Institute: William Ratliff

Human Biology: Anne Firth Murray

Iberian and Latin American Cultures: Hťctor Hoyos, MarŪlia Librandi Rocha, Michael Predmore, Joan Ramon Resina, Jorge Ruffinelli, Lisa Surwillo, Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano

Language Center: Josť Carlos Fajardo, Caridad Kenna, Alice Miano, Otilia Perales, Ana Sierra, Lyris Wiedemann

Law, School of: Jonathan Greenberg, Thomas Heller

Linguistics: John Rickford

Medicine, School of: Victor Froelicher, Evaleen Jones, Samuel LeBaron, Grant Miller, Julie Parsonnet, Paul Wise

Political Science: Terry Karl, Beatriz Magaloni, Robert Packenham (emeritus), Gary Segura, Michael Tomz

Religious Studies: Thomas Sheehan

Sociology: Alex Inkeles (emeritus), TomŠs Jimťnez, Michael Rosenfeld

Stanford University Libraries: AdŠn Griego, Sergio Stone, Robert Trujillo

Center Offices: BolŪvar House, 582 Alvarado Row

Mail Code: 94305-8545

Department Phone: (650) 723-4444


Web Site:

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 certification, and a Master of Arts degree.

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 certification 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.


Each 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. Visit for details.

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.

Admission—The application deadline for the 2010-2011 academic year is January 5, 2010. Applicants submit an online application, including a 500-word statement of purpose, resume, 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

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 Aid—The Center for Latin American Studies provides several graduate fellowships as well as limited research and course assistantship positions with the Tinker Visiting Professors each quarter.

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