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Stephanie Leutert

Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative Director |

Strauss Center

Stephanie Leutert is the Director of the Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. She has spent the past eight years researching and working on issues related to U.S.-Mexico relations, Central American migration, and the U.S.-Mexico border. Stephanie is the lead writer for “Beyond the Border” on the Lawfare Blog, and is the instructor for a year-long public policy class on Central American migration and Mexico’s migration policy at the LBJ School for Public Affairs.

Prior to her work at the Strauss Center, Stephanie conducted research as a Coca Cola World Fund Fellow, where she researched the development of Mexico’s automotive industry. Previously, she worked for three years as a Research Associate in the Latin America Studies program at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she focused on emerging security, immigration, economic, and energy issues in the region, with a particular focus on Mexico. In this capacity, she was the researcher for the CFR Task Force on North America, which, among other topics, focused on bilateral and trilateral cooperation.

Stephanie has also conducted field research on war torture in northern Uganda, Ecuador’s refugee policy, and Mexico’s aerospace industry. She has written for the New York TimesWashington PostForeign AffairsForeign Policy, and Americas Quarterly, among other outlets, and published a series of dispatches for the Lawfare Blog on the Guatemala-Mexico border and migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border. Stephanie has an MA from Yale University and a BA from Skidmore College.

Twitter: @Sleutert