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.
New Working Paper: "The Role of the Latino Vote in the 2016 Elections"
A record 27.3 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in the 2016 US elections. In the latest addition to our Working Paper Series, Aaron Bell recaps a series of panel discussions at American University’s 2nd Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum on the potential impact of the Latino vote. Panelists identified several factors that may shape electoral outcomes, including the diverse makeup and interests of the Latino community, immigration’s role as a wedge issue, and partisan and non-partisan effort to engage with, register, and turn out voters. Read the full paper
2015 William M. LeoGrande Prize Recipient: Andrew Torget, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)
2015 William M. LeoGrande Award Recipient: Macarena Sáez, "Transforming Family Law through Same-Sex Marriage: Lessons From (and To) the Western World" (Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, 2014)