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Latin America and the Carribean

Duke University has strong connections to Latin America and the Caribbean. The university offers majors in Spanish and Portuguese, and boasts an active Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Sanford faculty members have conducted research and training in Paraguay, Mexico, Haiti, Brazil, Panama, and other countries in the region.

Professor Subhrendu Pattanayak serves on the International Scientific Advisory Board for the Center for Socioeconomic Impact of Environmental Policies, a project sponsored by the Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad de Talca. The center focuses on environmentally relevant policies and government programs and interventions that affect the natural environment. 

Felipe Magofke MIDP’15 spent his summer in Colombia working with Bive, a health care membership service that provides low-income workers and their families with faster and cheaper access to medical care.

In addition, faculty members with Sanford’s Duke Center of International Development offer executive training programs in several countries in the region.

tarp with smiling people around it

Camping under a tent is a rite of passage for many Duke students. Young people brave the elements for months in a tent community called Krzyzewskiville (K-Ville) in order to attend the Duke/UNC game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.


Pollution from the controlled fires that burn across Brazil's São Paulo state during the sugarcane-harvesting season has a negative impact on infant health nearby. But the health of those same infants likely benefits from the economic opportunities the fires bring to their parents. Researchers at Duke and Princeton universities gathered information from satellites, pollution monitors and birth records to untangle those competing influences and accurately measure the impact of pollution from the fires.