Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


  • Latin American/Latino Studies
    Fax: 202-885-6430
    4545 42nd Street, Room 308

    Stinchcomb, Dennis A
    Program Manager

Mailing Address
  • Reconfiguration of Elites and Power in Central America
  • Religion and Democratic Contestation in Latin America
  • Emergent Challenges for Latin American Economies
  • CONACULTA Partnership
  • Latino Entrepreneurs in the DC Metro Area
  • Cuba Initiative
  • Religion and Violence in Latin America
  • Hemisphere in Flux
  • Latin Pulse
  • Latin American Visuals
About Us

The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, 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.


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New Working Paper on Emergent Challenges for Latin American Economies

CLALS is pleased to announce the release of the latest installment in its Working Paper Series, entitled "Groundwork for Inclusive Development: Responses to Emergent Challenges for Latin American and Caribbean Economies." Authored by Alejandro Foxley of the Chile-based think tank CIEPLAN, the working paper is one of several publications resulting from a joint CLALS-CIEPLAN initiative aimed at better understanding opportunities and challenges for the region's development agenda. The full-text paper is available here. A Spanish-language compilation of project studies will be released later this year.

CLALS in the News

Back Channel to Cuba cover

CLALS Faculty Affiliate and SPA Professor William LeoGrande discusses his new book, Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana, co-authored with Peter Kornbluh.


AU News

CLALS Sandra Ramos

American University Museum is proud to feature an exhibition by Cuban artist Sandra Ramos, entitled "Bridging the Past, Present, and Future: Recent Works by Sandra Ramos." Through a collection of prints, video, collage, and installations, Ramos reflects on the conflicting experiences of living in her beloved homeland with all of its many challenges.


Grant Highlights

The Ford Foundation has awarded funds to CLALS to supply pro bono lawyers and other advocates with the accurate, up-to-date evidence needed to effectively represent unaccompanied minors from Central America as they navigate the U.S. immigration system.

CLALS has received a $670,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to carry out research to assess the transnational criminal capacity of the MS-13 gang in the U.S. and El Salvador.

The Henry Luce Foundation has provided renewed support to CLALS to conduct the two-year project Religion and Democratic Contestation in Latin America.

FLACSO-Costa Rica has subcontracted CLALS to carry out research on and disseminate findings from the multi-year project Exclusion and Violence in Central American Cities. This project is funded by the International Development Research Centre.