The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Indiana University is a pivotal site for interdisciplinary research and instruction focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1963, CLACS offers academic programs, courses, and financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students. Students also benefit from the university's extensive library collections and nationally prominent research institutes.
Approximately 90 faculty members at Indiana University, from 16 departments and seven professional schools, teach and conduct research on topics related to the region, with especially strong expertise on Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and Brazil. Many faculty affiliated with CLACS are nationally prominent scholars, a fact reflected by the number of prestigious grants and awards received by them, including seven Guggenheim Fellowships and numerous others from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Social Research Council, and Fulbright-Hays.