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.
NSF Workshop Report: Country Conditions in Central America and Asylum Decision-Making
The latest installment in the CLALS Working Paper Series is the result of a January 2017 workshop convened in collaboration with the Washington College of Law to discuss how social science research can better inform judicial decision-making with respect to the growing number of asylum applications submitted by Central Americans. The report summarizes recommendations for more effective cross-disciplinary collaboration on asylum claims; highlights trends in security and socioeconomic conditions in Central America and charts an agenda for future research on those and related topics; and reflects on ongoing challenges to efficient and equitable adjudication of claims in the U.S. The full report is available for download here.
CLALS Affiliate and School of Public Affairs Professor William LeoGrande analyzed reports of President Trump's plans to reverse many Obama-era Cuba policies in the context of Trump's ties to Russia, and the implications for Cuba-Russia relations, in the Huffington Post.
Sylvia Burwell is American University's fifteenth president, and the first woman to serve as president. She served as the 22nd Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President Obama from 2014 to 2017. Previously, President Burwell spent 11 years at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in various roles, including President of the Global Development Program. For more information on AU's new president, please click here.
The Christopher Reynolds Foundation has generously provided funds to support the Center's Central American Refugee Policy and Assistance project (CARPA), which builds on findings from the Central American Migration Research initiative.
CLALS received a grant from the National Science Foundation to convene a January 2017 workshop to enhance scholarship and better inform decision-making on asylum claims submitted by Central Americans.
AU's Office of the Provost has awarded CLALS a Faculty Research Support Grant to launch a pilot study of the school integration experiences of resettled migrant youth in the DC-metro area.
The Henry Luce Foundation has provided $425,000 in renewed support for CLALS to conduct a two-year project on religion and climate change in cross-regional perspective.