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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.

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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As part of a Center project on Religion and Democratic Contestation in Latin America, a new edited volume was released in July 2018 by Routledge Press. Church, Cosmovision and the Environment: Religion and Social Conflict in Contemporary Latin America describes and analyses multiple types of religious engagement with environmental concerns and conflicts seen in modern Latin American democracies. The volume was edited by CLALS Research Associate Professor Robert Albro and Evan Berry, Associate Professor in AU's Department of Philosophy and Religion. 

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Partner & Funder Highlights

CLALS has entered into a partnership with UNICEF to provide their newly-located representatives in Latin American and the Caribbean with country briefings. Drawing on the vast expertise of American University faculty, these briefings aim to familiarize the representative with relevant aspects of the country’s history, politics, economy, and social structure, as well as development and human rights issues.

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Media Mentions

France 24, an international news outlet, broadcasted a debate discussing Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s thoughts on U.S. interference in his country's politics. CLALS Research Fellow Michael McCarthy participated in the debate and voiced his opinion on U.S. involvement in Nicaraguan affairs. He also shared his expertise on Venezuela, and commented on the recent revelation that Trump administration officials had met with members of the Venezuelan military to discuss ousting President Nicolás Maduro. Watch the full debate here.

Past Media Mentions