Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


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

    Stinchcomb, Dennis A
    Program Coordinator

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

The Center for Latin American and 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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Front cover of special edition of Lua Nova

Hemisphere in Flux
Project Publications

CLALS is pleased to announce the publication of findings from its Hemisphere in Flux project, a multi-year initiative that has sought to better understand the emerging multi-polar order and new regional organizations in the Americas. In December 2013, the Portuguese language journal Lua Nova: Revista de Cultura e Política released a special edition entitled Hemisfério em Transformação with articles by project participants, including CLALS Director Eric Hershberg and Faculty Affiliates Philip Brenner (SPA) and Carlos Portales (WCL), among others. In June 2014, a special edition of the trilingual journal Pensamiento Propio entitled El hemisferio en transformación: Regionalismo, multilateralismo y políticas exteriores en un entorno cambiante was released. Full-text articles are available for download at the links above.

CLALS in the News

CLALS Marguerite Jimenez

CLALS congratulates Affiliated Faculty Marguerite Jimenez for her appointment as a 2014-2015 White House Fellow. As one of only fifteen fellows chosen from a national pool of candidates, Marguerite has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to public service and leadership. During her fellowship, she will receive first-hand experience in leadership, policy formulation and current affairs.


AU News

CLALS Geglia

Beth Geglia, a CAS doctoral student in anthropology, has launched the website for her new documentary film Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital. The film chronicles the origins and construction of a free, community-based preventative health care system on Honduras' Caribbean coast.


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.