Founded in 1994, Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment, and contemporary affairs of past and present Latin America. DRCLAS's main office is located on the second floor of the Center for Government and International Studies at 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
DRCLAS operates three offices in Latin America. The DRCLAS Regional Office was established in Santiago, Chile in 2002 to offer support for Harvard faculty, students, or staff from any part of the University and to strengthen ties between the University and institutions in the region. The office primarily serves the Southern Cone and Andean countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay.
The DRCLAS Brazil Office was established in São Paulo in 2006 to facilitate ties between Harvard and Brazilian academic and research institutions. The Office supports Harvard faculty and students in their research, teaching and learning throughout the country. The joint work of the Brazil Office in São Paulo and the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard has created new opportunities and resulted in a rich set of research, programmatic and student activities at the University and in Brazil.
The DRCLAS Mexico Office was established in Mexico City in academic year 2012-13 to offer support for Harvard faculty, students or staff and to strengthen ties between the University and institutions in the region, initially including Central America as well. In 2017, the office's purview was reshaped to focus primarily on Mexico. Since its opening, the Office has assisted faculty-led initiatives while organizing, sponsoring, and supporting conferences and student programs partnered with organizations throughout the region.