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Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Assistant Director for Research

Spring Valley, Room 521

Latin American/Latino Studies Washington, DC 20016-8137 United States

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About the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies

The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS), 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. Learn more about us.

Message from the Director

Read CLALS Director Eric Hershberg's annual message.

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Central American Migration Research Initiative

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Migration Bridge Crossing

Religion & Environmentally-Induced Displacement

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The Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative

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CLALS ANNOUNCES 2019 WINNERS of LeoGrande prize & Award

The School of Public Affairs and Center for Latin American & Latino Studies are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on U.S.— Latin American relations, and the William M. LeoGrande Award for the best scholarly book or article on Latin American or Latino Studies published by a member of the American University community. More information on these annual awards, the 2019 recipients and their work can be found in the official media announcement

The William M. Leogrande Prize & Award Winners

Marixa Lasso, Associate Professor, Latin American History, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal (Harvard University Press, 2019)

Ernesto Castañeda-Tinoco, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, A Place to Call Home: Immigrant Exclusion and Urban Belonging in New York, Paris, and Barcelona (Stanford University Press, 2018)

Past News

Funder & Partner Highlights

With $175,000 in grants from the Ford, Open Society, and Seattle International Foundations, the Center has launched its next phase of research to fill knowledge gaps and enhance understanding of the origins, work, and impact of international anti-impunity institutions in Central America. Led by School of International Service(SIS)Prof. Charles Call with support from senior researchers at CLALS and in Central America, this project builds upon previous work analyzing the prospects for an International Commission Against Impunity in El Salvador(CICIES), as well as analysis of the Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). 

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Media Mentions

Over 300 lawyers, policy experts, health professionals, and other advocates gathered on February 13-14, 2020 for a high-level, two-day symposium on "In Children's Best Interests: Advancing a Fundamental Standard for the Treatment of Immigrant Children." Co-organized by CLALS, the American University Washington College of Law, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the symposium featured 36 speakers, and U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) delivered the keynote address on the first day of the symposium. Morning sessions on February 14 were aired live on C-SPAN. Explore further media coverage of this event.

Past Media Mentions