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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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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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Transnational Criminal Organizations in Brazil and the Southern Cone

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The Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative

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CLALS Announces 2018 Winners of LeoGrande Award & Prize

CLALS and the School of Public Affairs are pleased to announce the 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 American University community, for 2017-2018:

  • Lars Schoultz, William Rand Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, In Their Own Best Interest: A History of the U.S. Effort to Improve Latin Americans (Harvard University Press, 2018)
  • Anthony Fontes, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, Mortal Doubt: Transnational Gangs and Social Order in Guatemala City (University of California Press, 2018)

Click here for more information on the LeoGrande competition and the work of these two scholars.

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Partner & Funder Highlights

Open Society Foundations has granted the Center $60,000 for a project that will analyze and enhance public understanding of the implications of establishing an international commission against corruption and impunity in El Salvador. This project builds on a previous OSF-funded project on monitoring MACCIH and anti-impunity efforts in Honduras. The project will be led by SIS Professor Charles Call and a team of researchers in Central America and at the Center.

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Media Mentions

To what extent is climate change driving migration from Central America? CLALS Research Associate Professor Rob Albro spoke to WBUR's Jeremy Hobson in an interview for the Here & Now segment on why climate change is a contributing factor in migrants' decision to leave Central America behind.

Past Media Mentions