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 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.

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