About Us

The University of Illinois and the University of Chicago Consortium

The Centers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaignand the University of Chicago form a consortium to promote Latin American and Caribbean studies throughout the state and beyond. The joint program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and constitutes a Title VI National Resource Center in Latin American Studies.

The consortium hosts annual meetings of the Illinois Conference of Latin Americanists, conducts yearly seminars on topics of mutual concern, exchanges faculty and students, shares distinguished visitors and films, and engages in a variety of K-12 outreach activities for schools and the public.

The combined resources of the consortium provide one of the largest concentrations of human and material resources on Latin America in the United States, with over 110 core affiliated faculty, over 11,000 course enrollments, and 700,000 library volumes that constitute one of the three largest Latin American library resources in the nation. In the last three years, the consortium has produced 500 graduate degrees.

CLACS Executive Committee

Mary Arends-Kuenning, Dept. of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Lemann Institute

Werner Baer, Dept. of Economics

Angelina Cotler, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Ex-officio)

Anna Maria Escobar, Dept. of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese

Nils Jacobsen, Dept. of History

Lisa Lucero, Dept. of Anthropology

Jesse Ribot, Dept. of Geography

Carla Santos, Dept. of Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Antonio Sotomayor, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Library