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Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Assistant Director for Research

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Latin American/Latino Studies Washington, DC 20016-8137 United States

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Analyzing Impacts of COVID-19

CLALS is committed to disseminating quality analysis of COVID-19's impact on Latin America and Latino communities in the United States, including Center projects and publications from American University faculty and partner institutions worldwide. View our collection of analyses, projects, and infographics.

About the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies

The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS), 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. Learn more about us.

Message from the Director

Read CLALS Director Eric Hershberg's annual message.

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Central American Migration Research Initiative

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Migration Bridge Crossing

Religion & Environmentally-Induced Displacement

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The Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative

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CLALS Releases Working Paper No. 29

The Center has released Legal Protections for Environmental Migrants: Expanding Possibilities and Redefining Success, authored by Jayesh Rathod, Professor in AU’s Washington College of Law. With a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean, this working paper describes international and domestic efforts to enact legal protections for environmental migrants, examines why efforts to craft a comprehensive international instrument to address this phenomenon have yet to succeed, and details the multiple factors contributing to this impasse. It goes on to emphasize the need for a broader range of local, national and international normative approaches, the benefits of treating migrants as adaptive agents rather than passive victims, and the urgency of greater participation by migrants in processes of decision-making about their future.

This report is a product of CLALS’ multi-year project on Religion and Environmentally-Induced Displacement in Latin America and the Caribbean, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.

Past News

Funder & Partner Highlights

With $175,000 in grants from the Ford, Open Society, and Seattle International Foundations, the Center has launched its next phase of research to fill knowledge gaps and enhance understanding of the origins, work, and impact of international anti-impunity institutions in Central America. Led by School of International Service(SIS)Prof. Charles Call with support from senior researchers at CLALS and in Central America, this project builds upon previous work analyzing the prospects for an International Commission Against Impunity in El Salvador(CICIES), as well as analysis of the Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). 

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Media Mentions

The CLALS study “COVID-19: Impacts on Higher Education in Latin America” was cited by both The New York Times and The Economist in recent articles about universities in Latin America. CLALS surveyed academic leaders across Latin America to assess the pandemic’s effects on higher education in the region. The survey covered a variety of topics, including the transition to online classes and telework, financial implications, and student resources on campus.

Read the CLALS report in English and Spanish. 

Past Media Mentions