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
  • Emergent Challenges for Latin American Economies
  • Reconfiguration of Elites and Power in Central America
  • Religion and Democratic Contestation in Latin America
  • 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


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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Studies resulting from a joint project carried out by CLALS and the Corporación para Estudios de Latinoamérica (CIEPLAN) have been published in a volume edited by CIEPLAN President Alejandro Foxley and CLALS Research Fellow Barbara Stallings. The book, titled Economías latinoamericanas: Cómo avanzar más allá del ingreso medio, outlines emerging challenges faced by Latin American economies and identifies lessons from experiences within the region and East Asia to address issues of technology and innovation as well as social inclusion. An electronic version of the book, published by CIEPLAN, can be downloaded here. Coverage of the book launch, which took place at the Universidad de Talca in Chile is available here.

News Archive

CLALS in the News

CLALS Rathod Hershberg

CLALS Director Eric Hershberg and WCL Professor Jayesh Rathod make the case to give Temporary Protected Status to Central American migrants in a Roll Call opinion article.


AU News


As part of our latest project on religion and democracy in Latin America, CLALS will join the School of Communication in its new partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Of the two students selected for fellowships, one will focus on subject matter related to the Center's work.


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.