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202-885-6178

Fax: 202-885-6430

clals@american.edu

Contact:
Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Assistant Director for Research

Spring Valley, Room 521

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.

Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum

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Inclusive Communities, Welcoming Neighborhoods? Urban Planning for Latinos in Changing U.S. Cities

This fifth annual forum will convene American University faculty, together with nationally recognized scholars of urban diversity and Latino life in U.S. cities from around the country and directors of Latino-serving non-profits, to address the promise and challenges of building more inclusive cities for Latino residents. With attention to urban policy and planning in the District of Columbia, in dialogue with small and medium sized cities nationwide experiencing significant growth of their Latino populations, the Forum will assess steps now being taken and alternatives for making often rapidly changing communities and neighborhoods more welcoming to Latinos. Co-sponsors for this event include AU’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, and the School of Public Affairs’s Metropolitan Policy Center.

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For the ALPAF 2019 Agenda, click here

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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Religion & Climate Change in Cross-Regional Perspective

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The Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative

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CLALS News

As a part of the Center's project on Religion and Democratic Contestation in Latin America, funded by the Luce Foundation, a special issue of the journal Religion and Gender was released in November 2018. "Christianity, Gender, Sexuality and the Law in Latin America" features six articles on women's reproductive rights and LGBQT rights in Latin America, authored by project participants including Washington College of Law Professor and CLALS Affiliate Macarena Saez. The full issue is available for download here.

Past News

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