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Creating and Disseminating Knowledge

CLALS engages scholars and practitioners to promote cutting-edge research on Latin America and Latino communities in the U.S.

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Fax: 202-885-6430

Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Assistant Director for Research

Spring Valley, Room 521

Latin American/Latino Studies Washington, DC 20016-8137 United States

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About Us

The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS), established in January 2010, is a campus-wide initiative advancing and disseminating state-of-the-art research. Our faculty affiliates and partners are at the forefront of efforts to understand economic development, democratic governance, cultural diversity and change, peace and diplomacy, health, education and environmental well-being. CLALS generates high quality, timely analysis on these and other issues in partnership with researchers and practitioners from AU and beyond. Learn more about us.


CLALS Launchs Department of State-Funded Initiative on Wildlife Trafficking and Illegal Logging in Latin America

With a grant awarded from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in January CLALS launched a new two-year project intended to provide a detailed snapshot of the extent and operation of these two clandestine industries throughout the region, including their increasing impact on vulnerable or endangered species and the role of criminal organizations in both industries. This project is a collaboration between CLALS and InSight Crime, a non-profit journalism and investigative organization hosted by CLALS and with an office in Medellín, Colombia, that specializes in organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean. This initiative is led by CLALS Director Eric Hershberg and InSight Crime Co-Directors Steve Dudley and Jeremy McDermott. Project updates will be made available on the project webpage.

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Projects and Initiatives

The research projects pursued by CLALS span various subject matter areas, including migration, the role of religion, organized crime, the environment, and more. Select initiatives are featured below. For a list of current and past research projects, check out the left-hand navigation bar.

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Central American Migration Research Initiative

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Religion & Climate Change in Cross-Regional Perspective

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The Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative

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