Our Mission

CLAS' mission is to foster an academic community that serves as a multidisciplinary platform to enable learning from and engaging with the Americas, understood as the diverse ethnic, linguistic, cultural, biological and historical geography shared with the United States and Canada. CLAS is committed to “promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization” (Stanford University founding grant) and to advance scientific knowledge that strengthens social, economic and environmental justice, sustainability, inclusion and democracy in our hemisphere.

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M.A. Program

Bolivar House

Minor Program

Annual Report

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj

Featured Tinker Professor

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj, Maya-K’iche’ journalist, activist, and a Brown University visiting professor from Guatemala. Dr. Nimatuj is an international spokeswoman for Indigenous communities in Central America and was the first Maya-K’iche’ woman to earn a doctorate in social anthropology in Guatemala.


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Enlace AY 2019-20 Letter from the Director
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Congratulates Stanford Latin American Studies Graduates The CLAS community, M.A.
OPINIÓN El colonialismo y radicalismo espiritual condenó a la hoguera a Domingo Choc Che ¡Justicia para Domingo Choc Che!


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