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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CLALS Politica Fiscal



Studies resulting from a joint project carried out by CLALS and the Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales (ICEFI) have been published in a volume entitled Política fiscal: expresión del poder de las élites centroamericanas. The book analyzes how elites influence fiscal policymaking in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, shedding light on the complex relations between the state, economy and society in these countries. Electronic and print versions of the book, published by F&G Editores, can be purchased here. Coverage of the book launch, which took place at the Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala, is available here.

News Archive

CLALS in the News

In an op-ed for Newsweek, CLALS Affiliate and government professor William LeoGrande offers a guide on the issues that U.S. and Cuban negotiators will need to overcome to achieve normalization.


AU News

CLALS Hisp Law Conf 15

The American University Washington College of Law will hold its 18th Annual Hispanic Law Conference on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 12:00-9:00 p.m. Featuring keynote speaker Don Francisco, longtime host of Univision's Sábado Gigante, this event brings together inspiring and successful individuals and institutions devoted to the progress of Latinos in the U.S. and the region. Click here for more information and to register.


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.