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.
Palgrave Releases CLALS-Sponsored Volume on Emergent Challenges for Latin American Economies
Most countries in Latin America are struggling to escape what economists label “the middle income trap.” While much if not all of the region has emerged from low income status, neither growth nor productivity has increased sufficiently to enable Latin America to narrow the gap separating it from the world’s most developed economies. The volume Innovation and Inclusion in Latin America, edited by Barbara Stallings and Alejandro Foxley, identifies lessons that can be learned and adapted from experiences within the region and in East Asia, where the middle income trap has largely been avoided.
Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil explores how the ancient cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil.
The Looking Glass: Artist Immigrants of Washington features the work of 10 artists who immigrated to the DC metro region from Latin America over the past 60 years. Since then, these artists' artistic traditions have taken root and borne fruit here in the United States.
CLALS has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to convene a fall 2016 workshop to enhance scholarship and better inform decision-making on asylum claims submitted by Central Americans.
AU's Office of the Provost has awarded CLALS a Faculty Research Support Grant to launch a pilot study of the school integration experiences of resettled migrant youth in the DC-metro area.
The Henry Luce Foundation has provided $425,000 in renewed support for CLALS to conduct a two-year project on religion and climate change in cross-regional perspective.
The Christopher Reynolds Foundation has renewed its support for the Center's Cuba Initiative, which focuses on U.S.-Cuban relations, economic reform, and health.