The Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University in Washington, DC engages scholars and practitioners to promote cutting-edge research to enrich understanding of Latin America and of Latino communities in the U.S.
Our mission reflects American University’s commitment to promoting knowledge in the public interest and to fostering an active, informed citizenry prepared to grapple with the challenges of the 21st century. (Photo by Bill Gentile)
Creating and disseminating knowledge is at the core of the Center’s scholarly and institutional agenda. CLALS supports collaborative research projects organized around five thematic clusters: development and inequality; democracy and justice; culture and creativity; health, environment and society; and hemispheric relations.
Awards & Training
CLALS is committed to advancing high-level research by AU graduate students and scholars on Latin America and Latinos by supporting various programs within AU's six Schools and Colleges and through the administration of the Tinker Field Research Awards and the William M. LeoGrande Prize and Award.
In designing and implementing projects, CLALS establishes dynamic partnerships with academic institutions, think tanks, non-governmental and community organizations, and governmental agencies throughout the United States and Latin America. Center projects are supported through funding from extramural donors and agencies as well as by University resources.