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CILAS Mission Statement

At CILAS scholars and graduate students from around the world interact around research topics that are intimately tied to the development and social transformation problematique. We understand development to have not only economic and technological aspects, but also social, political, cultural, ideational and historical elements. Thus, study of the intimately related transformations embodied in the development process benefits from interdisciplinary approaches involving a variety of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.


Housed in the Institute of the Americas overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, California, UCSD's Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies enjoys a preeminent position among US-based programs since its establishment in 1976. With great depth across the social sciences, humanities, and medicine, our Center serves as a meeting ground for scholars engaged in important cross-disciplinary work. Joining us each year are visiting scholars from around the globe as well as undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in our BA and MA programs and members of our local community. To further extend our reach, CILAS also coordinates a book series published through the University of Sussex Press. Our academic calendar is stimulating and active with a weekly lecture series, films, and conferences.


CILAS Inquiries

Teresa White

Mailing Address:
University of California, San Diego
Attention: CILAS 9500 Gilman Drive # 0533
La Jolla, CA 92093-0533

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Directions (by car and walking)

Location Address: 451 Gildred Building International Lane, La Jolla 92037

  • Take 5 North or South to Genesee Avenue exit.
  • Go west on Genesee Avenue (towards the ocean).
  • Turn left on North Torrey Pines Road.
  • Turn left at Pangea Drive. There is a parking garage on the left side. Metered parking parking is available on the top level or you may purchase a parking permit at the North Point Drive entrance.
  • Walk up Pangea Drive towards the stop sign and pass Scholars Drive North.  Pangea Drive becomes Thurgood Marshall Lane.
  • Make a left on International Lane and continue to the end.
  • On your right, you will see the Institute of the Americas Complex. Once you go up the stairs you will see three buildings with Spanish roof tiles.
  • The CILAS building is on the left side (north) of the fountain.


Campus Map - The Gildred Latin American Studies Building is located in North Campus (Building #451)