Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


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

    Stinchcomb, Dennis A
    Program Coordinator

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  • CONACULTA Partnership
  • Religion and Violence in Latin America
  • Latino Entrepreneurs in the DC Metro Area
  • Reconfiguration of Elites and Power in Central America
  • Cuba Initiative
  • 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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Announcing Recipients of the
2014 Tinker Field Research Grants

CLALS is pleased to announce the 2014 Tinker Field Research Grant recipients:

Erik Alda (PhD student in Justice, Law and Criminology, SPA)
Maya Barak
(PhD student in Justice, Law and Criminology, SPA)
Amberly A. Ellis
(MFA student in Film and Media Arts, SOC)
Leah A. Germer (MA student in Global Environmental Politics, SIS)
Olivia Gilmore (MA student in Global Environmental Politics, SIS)
Laura S. Jung
(PhD student in Anthropology, CAS)
Carlos Martínez Ruiz (PhD student in History, CAS)
Katie Sizemore (MA student in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, SIS)
Laura Daniela Stevens León (PhD student in Government, SPA)

More information on the recipients' research projects is available here.

CLALS in the News

CLALS Faculty Affiliate and CAS Professor Max Paul Friedman has received the American University 2014 Scholar/Teacher Award. The prestigious award recognizes exceptional teaching, demonstrated concern for students and colleagues, significant contributions to the university's scholarly life, and commitment to high standards of professional and personal life.


AU News

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On Tuesday, April 15, WCL will host the 17th Annual Hispanic Law Conference, held each spring as part of the law school’s Founders’ Celebration. The Apr. 15 event will bring together inspiring and successful individuals and institutions devoted to the progress of Latinos in the U.S. and the region. This year’s conference focuses on the impact of immigration reform on access to justice, featuring a keynote address from Felicia Escobar, senior policy advisor for immigration at the White House Domestic Policy Council. The program flyer is available here.


Grant Highlights

The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded CLALS funds to conduct the two-year project Religion and Democracy in Latin America.

FLACSO-Costa Rica has subcontracted CLALS to carry out research on and disseminate findings of a two-year project on urban violence in Central America. This project is funded by the International Development Research Centre.

The Center's Cuba Initiative, which fosters productive ties between Cuba and the U.S., has received renewed support from the Christopher Reynolds Foundation.