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Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


Latin American/Latino Studies
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4545 42nd Street, Room 308

Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Program Manager

Latin American/Latino Studies
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8137
  • 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


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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The Role of the Latino Vote in the 2016 Elections

New Working Paper: "The Role of the Latino Vote in the 2016 Elections"

A record 27.3 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in the 2016 US elections. In the latest addition to our Working Paper Series, Aaron Bell recaps a series of panel discussions at American University’s 2nd Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum on the potential impact of the Latino vote. Panelists identified several factors that may shape electoral outcomes, including the diverse makeup and interests of the Latino community, immigration’s role as a wedge issue, and partisan and non-partisan effort to engage with, register, and turn out voters. Read the full paper

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CLALS in the News

Michael McCarthy Michael McCarthy

Is this Maduro's last year in office? Research Fellow Michael McCarthy spoke to the Miami Herald about Venezuela, opining, “Chavismo’s core support has a high melting point.” McCarthy also contributed an op-ed for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, entitled "6 Things You Need to Know about Venezuela's Political and Economic Crisis," and participated in an interview with Al Jazeera.

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Juxtaposed Portraits of Macarena Saez and Andrew Torget Juxtaposed Portraits of Macarena Saez and Andrew Torget

The School of Public Affairs and CLALS are pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the William M. LeoGrande Award and Prize for scholarship on U.S.-Latin American relations. More information on the recipients and their work can be found in the official media announcement.

  • 2015 William M. LeoGrande Prize Recipient: Andrew Torget, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)
  • 2015 William M. LeoGrande Award Recipient: Macarena Sáez, "Transforming Family Law through Same-Sex Marriage: Lessons From (and To) the Western World" (Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, 2014)

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Grant Highlights

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.

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.

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.