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Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


Latin American/Latino Studies
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Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Program Manager

Latin American/Latino Studies
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8137
  • Central American Migration Research Initiative
  • Religion and Climate Change in Cross-Regional Perspective
  • Implications of Normalization Web Forum
  • Household Contexts and School Integration of Unaccompanied Migrant Youth
  • Transnational Criminal Capacity of MS-13 in the U.S. and El Salvador
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  • CLALS Religion and Democracy Slide
  • Unaccompanied Migrant Children from Central America
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  • CLALS Cuba Document Archive
  • Latino Entrepreneurs in the DC Metro Area
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  • InSight Crime
  • CLALS ALPAF 2016

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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Book cover of Innovation and Inclusion in Latin America

Palgrave Releases CLALS-Sponsored Volume on Emergent Challenges for Latin American Economies

Most countries in Latin America are struggling to escape what economists label “the middle income trap.” While much if not all of the region has emerged from low income status, neither growth nor productivity has increased sufficiently to enable Latin America to narrow the gap separating it from the world’s most developed economies. The volume Innovation and Inclusion in Latin America, edited by Barbara Stallings and Alejandro Foxley, identifies lessons that can be learned and adapted from experiences within the region and in East Asia, where the middle income trap has largely been avoided.

This book is the result of a collaborative project undertaken by CLALS and the Corporation for Latin American Studies (CIEPLAN) in Chile, with financial support from the Inter-American Development Bank’s Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness.

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CLALS In the News







In an article on "The Hidden Factors Behind Resurging Violence in Mexico," World Politics Review cited May 2016 testimony by Steven Dudley (CLALS Research Fellow and co-Director of InSight Crime) before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Sub-committee. Read the full testimony

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This summer, two exhibitions at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center focus on Latin America and Latinos in the United States.

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.

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Grant Highlights

CLALS has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to convene a fall 2016 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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