Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


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

    Stinchcomb, Dennis A
    Program Coordinator

Mailing Address
  • 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


The Latino Alumni Alliance will host its second annual brunch on April 27, 2014 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Dacor Bacon House. The annual gathering is a unique opportunity for Latino alumni to celebrate their unique contributions to the university and to society. Special remarks will be made by Miguel Bustos, Senior Vice President of Community Relations and Outreach Regional Director with Wells Fargo. AU alumni, faculty, and staff are welcome to register here.


Grant Highlights

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 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.