Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


  • Latin American/Latino Studies
    Fax: 202-885-6430
    4545 42nd Street, Room 308

    Stinchcomb, Dennis A
    Program Manager

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  • Emergent Challenges for Latin American Economies
  • Reconfiguration of Elites and Power in Central America
  • Religion and Democratic Contestation in Latin America
  • CONACULTA Partnership
  • Latino Entrepreneurs in the DC Metro Area
  • Cuba Initiative
  • Religion and Violence in Latin America
  • Hemisphere in Flux
  • Latin Pulse
  • Latin American Visuals


The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, 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.

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CLALS Broad Cover

SIS Professor and CLALS Affiliate Robin Broad Releases New Paper on Corporate Bias in the World Bank Group's ICSID

In this paper, Broad focuses on the main venue for investor-state dispute settlement: the World Bank Group’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), beginning with a brief history of ICSID, from its birth fifty years ago to the present moment. The paper provides a detailed case study of what transpired after El Salvador’s government did not approve a mining concession for a Canadian mining company and subsequently implemented an environmentally inspired de-facto moratorium on metals mining in Postwar Puerto Rico. Read more here.

News Archive

CLALS in the News

Photo of Eric Hershberg

In an article featured in The New York Times, CLALS Director Eric Hershberg comments on the VII Summit of the America, saying that Pres. Obama has been gaining ground in Latin America and should continue to press forward policies that avoid "the old American heavy-handedness in the region."


AU News

CLALS Cuba Agriculture

On May 4, the School of International Service: Global Environmental Politics invites the AU community to a brown-bag lunch with panel discussion for the US-Cuba Cooperative Working Group. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Abramson Family Founder's Room. For more information, please contact Karly Kiefer at or 202-885-1683.


Grant Highlights

The Christopher Reynolds Foundation has renewed its support for the Center's Cuba Initiative, which focuses on U.S.-Cuban relations, economic reform, and health.

The Ford Foundation has awarded funds to CLALS to supply pro bono lawyers and other advocates with the accurate, up-to-date evidence needed to effectively represent unaccompanied minors from Central America as they navigate the U.S. immigration system.

CLALS has received a $670,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to carry out research to assess the transnational criminal capacity of the MS-13 gang in the U.S. and El Salvador.

The Henry Luce Foundation has provided renewed support to CLALS to conduct the two-year project Religion and Democratic Contestation in Latin America.