About Us


The University of Kansas Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), located in Bailey Hall, is home to KU's interdisciplinary academic programs on Latin America, facilitates graduate research at home and abroad, sponsors events related to the region, and develops outreach resources for area educators.

More than 100 core, affiliate, and research faculty members associated with the Center teach and research Latin America through a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary prisms, and mentor students interested in the region. An annual newsletter, the Kansas Latin Americanist, highlights recent campus activities and faculty and student research on Latin America, and also publicizes new outreach materials and current funding, travel, and research opportunities.

Established in 1961, the Center has been awarded graduate fellowships by the US Department of Education (ED) since 1976 and was designated and funded by ED as a Comprehensive National Resource Center on Latin America in 1983-1988; 1994-2006; 2010-2014; 2018-2022, and 2022-2026.