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Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


Latin American/Latino Studies
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Spring Valley, Room 521

Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Assistant Director for Research

Latin American/Latino Studies

Washington, DC 20016-8137

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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NSF Workshop Report: Country Conditions in Central America and Asylum Decision-Making 

The latest installment in the CLALS Working Paper Series is the result of a January 2017 workshop convened in collaboration with the Washington College of Law to discuss how social science research can better inform judicial decision-making with respect to the growing number of asylum applications submitted by Central Americans. The report summarizes recommendations for more effective cross-disciplinary collaboration on asylum claims; highlights trends in security and socioeconomic conditions in Central America and charts an agenda for future research on those and related topics; and reflects on ongoing challenges to efficient and equitable adjudication of claims in the U.S. The full report is available for download here

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CLALS In the News

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CLALS Director Eric Hershberg analyzed President Trump's first 100 days in office during an in-studio interview with TV Perú Noticias. In addition to analyzing several of Trump's campaign promises (like the border wall with Mexico), Hershberg stressed that the remainder of Trump's presidency would be a test to the strength of democratic institutions in the U.S.

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AU News

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CLALS and the School of Public Affairs announced the 2016 recipients of the William M. LeoGrande Award and Prize for scholarship on U.S.-Latin American relations. More information on the recipients and their work can be found in the official media announcement

2016 William M. LeoGrande Award Recipient: Austin Hart, Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods and Coordinator of the Graduate Methods Program, AU’s School of International Service, Economic Voting: A Campaign-Centered Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2016)  

2016 William M. LeoGrande Prize Recipient: Aragorn Storm Miller, Lecturer, Department of History, University of Texas-Austin, Precarious Paths to Freedom: The United States, Venezuela, and the Latin American Cold War (University of New Mexico Press, 2016)

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Grant Highlights

CLALS received a grant from the National Science Foundation to convene a January 2017 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.

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