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.
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.
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.
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)