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Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Assistant Director for Research

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

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Analyzing Impacts of COVID-19

CLALS is committed to disseminating quality analysis of COVID-19's impact on Latin America and Latino communities in the United States, including Center projects and publications from American University faculty and partner institutions worldwide. View our collection of analyses, projects, and infographics.

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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Religion and Environmentally-Induced Displacement

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The Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative

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CLALS Publishes Report on Latino-Owned Businesses

The Center has launched its latest report, “Pandemic Relief for Latino-Owned Businesses: Lessons from the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.” Building on a prior report assessing the pandemic’s impact on Latino-owned businesses, CLALS Professors Rob Albro and Eric Hershberg have co-authored a comprehensive study addressing access to pandemic relief resources for Latino-owned enterprises in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The study compares how area jurisdictions have handled federal, state, and local aid for businesses, development and promotion of relief programs, institutional mechanisms for delivering aid, and customized efforts to reach Latino business owners. The study also offers policy recommendations to limit future vulnerability and forge capable institutions to assist Latino businesses.

Part of the CLALS Working Paper Series, this report is the product of an ongoing CLALS project analyzing Latino entrepreneurship in the Washington, DC metro region, as well as collaboration between the Center, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and AU’s Kogod School of Business. Read media coverage of the report.

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Funder & Partner Highlights

CLALS Receives New Grant to Study Illegal Fishing in Latin America

The Center has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State as part of its one-year “Western Hemisphere Regional Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Assessment” initiative. Led by CLALS faculty affiliate and SIS Associate Professor Matt Taylor and CLALS Research Fellow Steven Dudley, this project will assess and map fishing legislation; law enforcement capacity to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing); scope of crimes associated with IUU fishing; and the adverse economic and environmental impacts of IUU fishing across Latin America and the Caribbean.  

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Media Mentions

Professor of Government and CLALS Faculty Affiliate William M. LeoGrande spoke to El Pais English about the Biden administration's Cuba policy. LeoGrande said, “It is possible that internal political benefits can be obtained by maintaining the status quo.”

Past Media Mentions