Center for Latin American & Latino Studies

Creating and disseminating knowledge

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Fax: 202-885-6430

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 Us

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.

Projects and Initiatives

The research projects pursued by CLALS span various subject matter areas, including migration, the role of religion, organized crime, the environment, and more. Select initiatives are featured below. For a list of current and past research projects, check out the left-hand navigation bar.

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Central American Migration Research Initiative

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Religion & Climate Change in Cross-Regional Perspective

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The Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative

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Media Mentions

Last month, our Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum (ALPAF) explored access to health services for at-risk Latino youth. In an April 12 segment, The Kojo Nnamdi Show featured several ALPAF panelists for a discussion that highlighted the unique challenges facing Latino youth when accessing health care that isn't always culturally-competent. Check out the segment: "For Latino Youth, Health Is About Much More Than Just Health Care"

Past Media Mentions


As a part of a multi-year initiative evaluating the transnational criminal capacity of the MS13 gang, CLALS and InSight Crime have released a report on "MS13 in the Americas: How the World's Most Notorious Gang Defies Logic, Resists Destruction." With funding from the National Institute of Justice, the report synthesizes findings from three years of investigative field work and interviews in El Salvador, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Long Island. To download the full report, please click here.

Past News

Funding Highlights

With a grant awarded from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), CLALS launched a new two-year project intended to provide a detailed snapshot of the scale and operation of these two clandestine industries in Latin America, including their increasing impact on vulnerable or endangered species and the role of criminal organizations in both industries.

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