Leutert, Stephanie | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., Yale University
  • B.A., Skidmore College

Stephanie Leutert is the director of the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. She has spent the past 10 years researching and working on issues related to U.S.-Mexico relations, Mexico's migration and security policy, Central American migration and U.S.-Mexico border dynamics. Leutert is the lead writer for "Beyond the Border" on the Lawfare blog, and has been the instructor for a yearlong public policy class on Mexico's migration challenges at the LBJ School for Public Affairs.

Leutert has previously served as a senior advisor for migration policy at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. In this role, she worked on policies aiming to establish humane and orderly migration at the U.S.-Mexico border and on the United States' Collaborative Migration Management Strategy with Mexico and Central America. She also worked 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.

Leutert has also conducted field research on war torture in northern Uganda, Ecuador's refugee policy, and Mexico's automotive and aerospace industries. She has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Wilson Quarterly and Americas Quarterly, among other outlets. Stephanie has a M.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University and a B.A. from Skidmore College.


Media MentionJuly 17, 2019
What 'metering' really looks like in South Texas

Stephanie Leutert, director of the Strauss Center's Central America / Mexico Policy Initiative, writes about her experiences seeing the "metering" program along the Mexican border, noting that 18,000-people are waiting along the border due the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) metering policy.

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Media MentionJune 25, 2019
Trumpcast: Understanding Mexico in the migration crisis

Slate's León Krauze talks to Stephanie Leutert, director of the Mexico Security Initiative at The University of Texas at Austin, about how the migration crisis at the border is being handled, understanding the Northern Triangle, the role Mexico is playing in the crisis, and where in particular we should shift our current focus in the region.

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NewsMay 30, 2019
Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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