Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


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

    Stinchcomb, Dennis A
    Program Manager

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  • 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 Announces Recipients of the Annual William M. LeoGrande Prize and Award

CLALS and SPA are pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on U.S.-Latin American relations, and the William M. LeoGrande Award for the best scholarly book or article on Latin American or Latino Studies published by a member of the AU community, for 2013-2014. More information on the recipients and their work can be found here.

2014 William M. LeoGrande Prize Recipient:
Alan McPherson
, ConocoPhillips Petroleum Chair of Latin American Studies, University of Oklahoma, The Invaded: How Latin Americans and Their Allies Fought and Ended U.S. Occupations (Oxford University Press, 2014)

2014 William M. LeoGrande Award Recipient:
Eileen J. Suárez Findlay, Associate Professor, Department of History, AU College of Arts and Sciences, We are Left without a Father Here: Masculinity, Domesticity, and Migration in Postwar Puerto Rico (Duke University Press, 2014)

News Archive

CLALS in the News

Photo of Eric Hershberg

In an article featured in The New York Times, CLALS Director Eric Hershberg comments on the VII Summit of the America, saying that Pres. Obama has been gaining ground in Latin America and should continue to press forward policies that avoid "the old American heavy-handedness in the region."


AU News

CLALS Cuba Agriculture

On May 4, the School of International Service: Global Environmental Politics invites the AU community to a brown-bag lunch with panel discussion for the US-Cuba Cooperative Working Group. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Abramson Family Founder's Room. For more information, please contact Karly Kiefer at or 202-885-1683.


Grant Highlights

The Christopher Reynolds Foundation has renewed its support for the Center's Cuba Initiative, which focuses on U.S.-Cuban relations, economic reform, and health.

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.