Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


  • Latin American/Latino Studies
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    4545 42nd Street, Room 308

    Stinchcomb, Dennis A
    Program Coordinator

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  • Religion and Democratic Contestation in Latin America
  • CONACULTA Partnership
  • Latino Entrepreneurs in the DC Metro Area
  • Reconfiguration of Elites and Power in Central America
  • Cuba Initiative
  • Religion and Violence in Latin America
  • 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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Front cover of special edition of Lua Nova

Hemisphere in Flux
Project Publications

CLALS is pleased to announce the publication of findings from its Hemisphere in Flux project, a multi-year initiative that has sought to better understand the emerging multi-polar order and new regional organizations in the Americas. In December 2013, the Portuguese language journal Lua Nova: Revista de Cultura e Política released a special edition entitled Hemisfério em Transformação with articles by project participants, including CLALS Director Eric Hershberg and Faculty Affiliates Philip Brenner (SPA) and Carlos Portales (WCL), among others. In June 2014, a special edition of the trilingual journal Pensamiento Propio entitled El hemisferio en transformación: Regionalismo, multilateralismo y políticas exteriores en un entorno cambiante was released. Full-text articles are available for download at the links above.

CLALS in the News

CLALS Senior Fellow Héctor Silva has been awarded funding from the Arca Foundation to support research on the 1989 Jesuit Massacre and the case's enduring influence on the fortunes of El Salvador's justice system following the 1992 Peace Accords.


AU News


Q&A with Dr. Daniel Esser: Thousands of Central American children have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, creating a humanitarian, judicial, and political crisis, as the Obama administration struggles to manage the situation. SIS Assistant Professor and CLALS Faculty Daniel Esser, an expert on aid effectiveness who has conducted field research in Mexico, explains the root causes of the influx and suggests ways to slow the flow of people to the United States.


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.