Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


  • Latin American/Latino Studies
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    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
  • 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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Image from the documentary short When the Forest Weeps

Bill Gentile Produces Documentary Short "When the Forest Weeps"

As part of the Center's ongoing Luce Foundation-funded initiative on Religion and Democratic Contestation in Latin America, we are pleased to announce the release of the new documentary short "When the Forest Weeps," which was shot by SOC Journalist in Residence Bill Gentile during a recent assignment in Ecuador. The piece highlights the spiritual relationship between the Kichwa indigenous people and the Ecuadoran Amazon rain forest. The Spanish-language version of the video was also featured in an article by Univisión.

News Archive

CLALS in the News

CLALS Ricardo Torres

Research Fellow and Cuban economist Ricardo Torres discussed the future of the Cuban economy as it reinserts itself into the global economy and the developing relationship between Cuba and the United States with the Miami Herald. Torres described the developing relationship between the U.S. and Cuba as "very positive. We want to have a normal relationship with the United States as we have with the rest of the world."


AU News

DC Area Survey: Metropolitan Neighborhood Change

Change occurs constantly in metropolitan areas. Yet there is surprisingly little research infrastructure to measure how people make sense of and react to those changes. The Metropolitan Policy Center has launched the first DC Area Survey to study neighborhood diversity and wellbeing. The 2016 pilot survey will focus on the experiences of DC area residents in two relatively new types of neighborhoods: Latino neighborhoods and “global neighborhoods.”


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.