About the Program in Latin American Studies

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Founded in 1967, the Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS) is one of the nation's first that is dedicated exclusively to Latin American area studies. At the program's core is a mission to foster intellectual exchange among students and scholars, whether in the classroom or in the field. Given the depth and breadth of the region's contributions and avenues for inquiry, PLAS welcomes a range of disciplinary perspectives, with special attention to culture, history, socioeconomics, politics, and society.

Centered on Scholarship

PLAS programming, hosted both on- and off-campus, connects Princeton to the Latin American world. From our graduate and undergraduate courses to travel experiences that span the region, the program takes pride in training the next generation of thinkers, while connecting them to those who are reshaping their respective fields today.

Fostering Engagement

Each year, PLAS sponsors and co-sponsors a broad array of programming, which serves to expand the conversation between students, faculty, and the public. Additionally, the program funds undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research; supports innovative study and travel via the competitive Paul E. Sigmund Scholars program and other awards; and facilitates undergraduate internships. PLAS also brings prominent scholars to Princeton through our Visiting Fellows program, whereby they are able to contribute to our course offerings while advancing their own research.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Transformative work-study programs in Cuba and elsewhere offer students a platform for new understanding.
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PLAS cultivates a thriving community of visiting scholars and thought leaders, who join us in advancing the study of Latin America and the Caribbean.


PLAS funding is designed to encourage research and programming that adds a new dimension to the study of the region.