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 Mexico Security Initiative at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. She has spent the past six years researching and working on issues related to U.S.-Mexican relations, Mexican security, and Central American migration. 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 Mexico's migration challenges 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 security 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 Foreign Policy, the Dallas Morning News, the Harvard National Security Journal, the Princeton Journal of Public and International Affairs, and Americas Quarterly, and published a series of dispatches for the Lawfare Blog while working as a legislative assistant in the Ukrainian parliament. 


NewsApril 17, 2019
Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research: April 23, 2019

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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Media MentionJuly 20, 2018
Dispatches from Mexico’s southern border: Mexico: A migrant graveyard

In the third of four articles for Lawfare, Stephanie Leutert, director of the Strauss Center's Mexico Security Initiative at LBJ School of Public Affairs, chronicles the treacherous and often terrifying conditions that migrants must traverse after they cross Mexico's southern border. 

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NewsMay 22, 2017
LBJ students tackle yearlong research project on Mexico security challenges

Students offer policy recommendations to combat continued issues of drug trafficking and cartel violence.

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