Latin American Studies Association

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Latin American Studies Association
Abbreviation LASA
Formation 1966
Type Learned Society
Headquarters Pittsburgh, United States

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest association for scholars of Latin American studies. Founded in 1966,[1] it has over 12,000 members, 45 percent of whom reside outside the United States (36 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean), LASA brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe.[2]


LASA was founded in 1966 following a meeting sponsored by the Joint Committee on Latin American Studies (composed of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), held at the Hispanic Foundation (now the Hispanic Division) of the Library of Congress, May 7, 1966. LASA's constitution and bylaws were drafted and on May 12, 1966 it was incorporated in Washington, DC as a legal, tax exempt organization, "non-profit professional body created by scholarly area specialists to meet their particular and growing needs."[3] The incorporation of the LASA was the culmination of a long process to create such an organization after the failure of a previous attempt. In April 1958, Howard F. Cline, Director of the Hispanic Foundation of the Library of Congress (1952–71) and the ACLS organized a conference to explore the creation of a coordinating body for Latin American area studies. In 1959, the ACLS and the SSRC formed the Joint Committee on Latin American Studies, which ultimately led to the founding of LASA as an organization.[4] The Constitution and Bylaws of the Latin American Studies Association were published in the Latin American Research Review in 1966.[5] LASA's first President after its 1966 incorporation was political scientist Kalman Silvert, who published extensively on Latin American political systems and conflict.[6] LASA honors Silvert's memory with a major prize.


LASA's mission is "to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate."[2]

LASA Congresses[edit]

Every year, specialists on Latin America gather at the LASA International Congress. Featuring over 900 sessions, including plenary sessions and informal meetings, the Congress is the world's premier forum for expert discussion on Latin America and the Caribbean. The theme of the 2019 Boston LASA Congress is “Justice and Inclusion"

LASA Presidents[edit]


Latin American Research Review[edit]

LASA publishes an interdisciplinary scholarly journal, the Latin American Research Review (LARR) founded in 1965 by a consortium of U.S. universities.[15] LARR is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes original research and surveys of current research on Latin America and the Caribbean. As of 2014 LARR (Lat Am Res Rev) is published/hosted by University of Texas Press, ISSN 0023-8791 (printed), ISSN 1542-4278 (electronic).[16]


  1. ^ American Council of Learned Societies, Latin American Studies Association
  2. ^ a b LASA, About LASA
  3. ^ Howard F. Cline, "The Latin American Studies Association: A Summary Survey with Appendix," Latin American Research Review, Vol. 2. No. 1 (Autumn 1966), pp. 57-79.
  4. ^ Cline, ibid.
  5. ^ Howard F. Cline, "Latin American Studies Association: A Summary Survey with Appendix," Latin American Research Review, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Autumn 1966) pp. 75-79.
  6. ^ Kalman H. Silvert, obituary. New York Times, June 17, 1976, p. 38.
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  13. ^ LASA, Latin American International Relations Book Award
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  15. ^ "LARR". Latin American Studies Association. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Latin American Research Review". JournalSeek. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 

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