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Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


Latin American/Latino Studies
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Spring Valley Building - 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW Suite 515

Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Program Manager

Latin American/Latino Studies

Washington, DC 20016-8137

About Us

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 Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative


CLALS and SIS Launch the Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative

American University’s School of International Service (SIS) and CLALS have launched an initiative to promote and disseminate cutting edge social science research focused on processes of North American integration. Starting in fall 2016, AU will convene a select group of early career scholars who will explore North American progress toward the ideal of integration championed by the late SIS Professor Robert A. Pastor. By supporting the production, exchange, and dissemination of innovative social science devoted to the region and its potential, the Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative (NARI) places AU at the forefront of a long term research agenda that will inform future policy on North America. Learn more

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CLALS In the News

A crowded nighttime street in North West DC.

The Washington Post covered findings from the inaugural 2016 DC Area Survey (DCAS), "Neighborhood Diversity and Well-Being." The survey -- co-sponsored by CLALS and the School of Public Affairs' Metropolitan Policy Center -- captured resident perceptions of neighborhood satisfaction, health, crime, and governance in ethnically and racially diverse communities in the metropolitan DC area, highlighting "Quadrivial" and disproportionately Latino neighborhoods. In the article, primary investigator Michael D.M. Bader states that DC has "made progress in opening access to diverse neighborhoods."   

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AU News

Assembling a mural depicting memory politics in Chile

Todas Las Manos at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is an interdisciplinary public art project that celebrates human rights and global justice, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the deaths of former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier and co-worker Ronni Karpen Moffitt in Washington, DC on September 21, 1976. Muralist Francisco Letelier, son of Orlando Letelier, worked in collaboration with youth participants from the Latin American Youth Center to create a large-scale mural in the Museum’s sculpture garden. The exhibit runs until October 23, 2016.

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Grant Highlights

CLALS has 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.

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.

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