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.
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
In a newly released video report, International Reporting Fellow and SOC alumna Camila DeChalus explores how small-scale coffee farmers in Colombia are tackling the challenges posed by climate change with assistance from Catholic Relief Services. The report is a product of AU’s partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and of ongoing work at CLALS on religion and climate change across multiple regions of the world.
Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil explores how the ancient cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil.
The Looking Glass: Artist Immigrants of Washington features the work of 10 artists who immigrated to the DC metro region from Latin America over the past 60 years. Since then, these artists' artistic traditions have taken root and borne fruit here in the United States.
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.