The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) established a Regional Office (RO) in Santiago, Chile, in 2002 to offer support to Harvard faculty, students, and staff from any part of the University and to strengthen ties between the University and institutions in the region. With guidance and support from the Harvard Faculty Committee and the RO Advisory Group and other regional partners, the office primarily serves the Southern Cone and Andean countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay.


The Regional Office (RO) exemplifies Harvard's Global Vision in the 21st Century: educating the citizens of the world; supporting Harvard professors and students to work in the broadest possible geographic contexts; disseminating new regional knowledge and innovative academic approaches in close collaboration with local institutions; and acting in the region as an intellectual lab convening point.

The DRCLAS Regional Office became the first-ever Harvard University international office whose mission is to serve the entire University.

History of the DRCLAS Regional Office

Supported by the DRCLAS Regional Office in Santiago, scientists and researchers have found inspiration in Chile over the past 15 years. For its 15th anniversary, the office published "Fifteen years of Harvard in Chile: Stories by Paula Molina." This eBook and audiovisual project showcases experiences of Harvard faculty and researchers in Chile over the office's 15 years of operations. Read more here


DRCLAS Regional Office Brochure
For more information about the programs and initiatives currently pursued by the Regional Office, please read our institutional brochure.

The DRCLAS Regional Office in ReVista
Learn more about the Regional Office through the articles below, featured in the ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America and written by past and current RO directors.

• Rentería, Marcela. (2015, Winter). We Make Things Happen
• Reifenberg, Steve. (2004, Spring). Harvard in Chile: So what's Harvard doing in Chile?