Laura Carlsen is Director of the Americas Program in Mexico City, a program of the Center for International Policy based in Washington DC. Her most recent analysis can be found at www.americas.org. She is a frequent radio, print and television commentarist for U.S., Latin American and Mexican media, member of KPFK's weekly round table on national and international affairs, host of the weekly television shows "Interviews From Mexico" and "Hecho en América", and regular columnist with Foreign Policy in Focus, Palabras al Margen, Desinformémonos and Counterpunch, in English and Spanish. Carlsen has worked as a gender and communications consultant with Just Associates, the Nobel Women's Initiative and the Global Fund for Women, and as a consultant on immigration with the International Organization on Migrations.
She publishes numerous articles and chapters on social, economic and political aspects of Mexico, co-edited Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico and is finishing a book called "up Against the Wall: US-Mexico Relations from NAFTA to Trump.
Carlsen has appeared on NBC, CBC, BBC, Costa a Costa, "Oppenheimer Presents," "Democracy Now," "Canal Once" (Mexico) and others, and is a frequent radio guest in the U.S. and Mexico. She has been quoted and published in a variety of print and electronic news sources including the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, InterPress Service, Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, etc. . She is frequently a speaker at national and international conferences and Congressional briefings. She has won two Project Censored awards for reporting on important but ignored issues in the region.
Carlsen holds a B.A. in Social Thought and Institutions from Stanford University: Emphasis on Women's Studies, and a Masters degree in Latin American Studies, also from Stanford. In 1986 she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study the impact of the Mexican economic crisis on women and has lived in Mexico City since then.
Plan Mexico and the US-Funded Militarization of Mexico (interview on Democracy Now!)
[July 31, 2008]
Interview on InsideUSA with Avi Lewis
Al-Jazeera English [July 26, 2008]
Foreign Policy in Focus
Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Resistance in Mexico (Co-Editor and Contributor)
Kumarian Press 
Conservation or Privatization? Biodiversity, the Global Market and the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor
Mexico in Transition (Gerardo Otero, ed) 
Recent articles, including: "Coming to Terms with Diversity: An Interview with Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera,” “The Agrofuels Trap”
Women Raise Banner of Women's Rights in Honduran Popular Movement
CIP Americas [March 21, 2013]
With Immigration Looming, Private Prisons Lobby to Keep Migrants Behind Bars
Huffington Post [March 5, 2013]
Resisting the Model of War in Mexico: A Binational Effort
CIP Americas [February 26, 2013]
Hundreds Dead in Mexico After Earthquake Strikes on Anniversary of Devastating 1985 Quake
Democracy Now [September 20, 2017]
"The movement was intense" - Laura Carlsen was in Mexico City when earthquake that's killed more than 220 people hit
BBC News (World) [September 20, 2017]
Laura Carlsen on the progress and the peril for women in Latin America
CGTN America [March 5, 2017]
Inside USA - Mexico's drug war
Al-Jazeera English [July 25, 2008]
In Mexico, Hunted Down for Speaking Out
Foreign Policy in Focus [August 6, 2015]
With Immigration Reform Looming, Private Prisons Lobby to Keep Migrants Behind Bars
The Huffington Post [May 5, 2013]