Denise Dresser

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Denise Dresser
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Born Denise Eugenia Dresser Guerra
(1963-01-22) 22 January 1963 (age 53)
Mexico City
Nationality Mexican
Alma mater El Colegio de México,
Princeton University,
Occupation Political expert, writer, journalist, professor
Awards National Journalism Award
Legion of Honour

Denise Eugenia Dresser Guerra (born 22 January 1963) is a Mexican political analyst, writer, and university professor. She is currently a faculty member of the Department of Political Science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), columnist in Proceso magazine, editorial writer for the newspaper Reforma, and participates in "LA HORA DE OPINAR" TV Forum. She was awarded with the Legion of Honor of the French Republic in the rank of Knight, the highest distinction awarded by the French government to citizens and foreigners, for her defense of freedom of expression and human rights. She has been named by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful women in Mexico and one of the 50 most influential women in Twitter.


Denise Dresser has a degree in international relations at El Colegio de México, and master's and doctorate in political science at Princeton University. She is a specialist in political science and is a professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Méxicow(ITAM) where she has taught courses on contemporary Mexican politics and comparative politics since 1991. She is the author of numerous articles about contemporary Mexican politics and relations between Mexico-United States. In 2009 she won the National Journalism Award in the category of best feature article with Open letter to Carlos Slim, along with journalist Carmen Aristegui and writer Carlos Monsiváis, the award is presented annually by the City Council of National Award Journalism "under the premises of autonomy, independence, impartiality, plurality and responsibility".

She has been a visiting researcher at the Center for US-Mexico University of California, San Diego, Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California, in the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington DC, a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley and at the University of Georgetown. She has received research grants from the Fulbright Commission, the OAS, Princeton University and the Rockefeller Foundation. Some fragments of her texts were included by playwright Humberto Robles in the documentary Women of sand, text addressing femicide in Ciudad Juarez.

She was a member of the Committee to Support the Special Prosecutor for Past Social and Political Advisor and the Human Rights Commission of the Mexico City movements. She is a founding member of the Mexican Association of the Right to Information (AMEDI) and the Citizens Coalition "Defend the Forest and the City."

As a journalist, writes a column in the newspaper Reforma and the weekly Proceso. She has published in the newspaper La Opinion in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. She has been commentator and host of the news program Detrás de la noticia and a host of Entre versiones in Channel 40. She participated in other television shows like El cristal con que se mira of Victor Trujillo. She has also been policy analyst in the politics table of Radio Monitor with Jose Gutierrez Vivo. She was a weekly commentator on W Radio. Until 2015, she participated in the politics table with Carmen Aristegui. She drove El país de uno in CONACULTA Channel 22.

In 2011 she participated expressing an opinion on the film De panzazo, where she talks about the education in Mexico. She is coordinator of the book Cries and Whispers: Untimely experiences of 38 women[1] and produced the television series of the book. She is also the coordinator of Cries and Whispers II: Untimely experiences of 39 other women.[2] She wrote, in collaboration with the novelist Jorge Volpi, Mexico: what every citizen would want (not) to know about his homeland, a satirical vision of the Mexican political system. Aguilar published her book Our country: reflections to understand and change Mexico,[3] in which she proposed her ideas based on ten points to transform the country.

She has expressed an open opposition to monopolistic practices in Mexico, especially against the so-called Televisa Law, which, according to her opinion, favors the television duopoly of Televisa and TV Azteca, and against Carlos Slim, the world's richest and most powerful magnate in the country who owns almost all the Mexican telephone network (TELMEX).

Hora de opinar (time to speak)
She protests against the removal of Carmen Aristegui
Legion of Honour
Forbes forum Powerful Women Redefining Power: "Being a leader is to be a feminist"


1/99- 6/04 Senior Fellow, Pacific Council on International Policy, USC.

4/91- Professor of Political Science, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

11/96-1/99 Political Consultant, Bank of Montreal

1/93-1/95 Political Consultant, Barings Research, Mexico City.

9/94-1/95 Senior Visiting Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, D.C.

3/93 Consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

9/91 Consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean.

8/91-4/92 Associate Consultant, GEA - Grupo de Economistas y Asociados, a private consulting firm based in Mexico City.

8/91-4/92 Part-time Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

9/90-6/91 Visiting Research Fellow, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego.

9/88-6/89 Research assistant for John Waterbury, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Princeton University. Collected and analyzed data on public sector reform, privatization and state-private sector relations in Mexico.

9/87-8/88 Research Associate for Dr. Abraham Lowenthal, Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California.

6/88-1/89 Member of a research team headed by David Ayón (Occidental College) and Ricardo Anzaldúa (Harvard University), and commissioned by Policy Alternatives for Central America and the Caribbean, that explored the role of Mexican foreign policy in the Central American crisis.

8/84-8/85 Political Analyst, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department for North America.

Awards and Fellowships[edit]

Named one of the most influential Twitter leaders in Mexico by Forbes magazine, 2015.

Named one of the most powerful women in Mexico by Forbes magazine, 2014.

Named one of the 50 most powerful women in Mexico by Forbes magazine, 2013.

“Voz Latina”Award for Commitment to Public Service and Academic Excellence, Princeton University, 2011.

“Mujer y Vida” Award, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, 2010.

Pedro Sarquis Merrewe Foundation, Award for an Exceptional Mexican, 2010.

National Journalism Award, 2010.

Montblanc Award “Mujer en la Cima,”2009

Juchimán de Plata Award for Contributions to the Construction of Citizenship in Mexico.

Named one of the most influential people in Mexico by Poder y Negocios magazine, 2009.

Named one of the 300 leaders of Mexico by Líderes Mexicanos magazine, 2009 - 2013.

“Journalist of the Year Award,” Mujer Ejecutiva Magazine, October 2004.

Rockefeller Foundation Grant, 2003-2004

Fulbright Fellowship for Advanced Research, 1999-2000.

Senior Visiting Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999-2000.

Member, World Academy of Arts and Science (elected in 1997).

National Journalism Award, Asociación Nacional de Periodistas (2001).

Member, Research Council, Forum for Democratic Studies, NED (1997).

Visiting Fellowship, Inter-American Dialogue 1994-95.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center of International Studies, University of Southern California, 1994.

National System of Researchers Award, 1993-96.

Ford Foundation seed grant to promote gender-related studies at ITAM, 1993.

Fellow, The Salzburg Seminar, 1993.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, (declined in order to conduct further dissertation research and teach at ITAM).

Junior Third World Scholar Award, International Studies Association, 1992.

Research Fellowship, Institute for the Study of World Politics, 1991-92.

Visiting Research Fellowship, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD 1990-91.

Fellowship for summer dissertation research, Council on Regional Studies, Princeton University, 1990.

Fellowship for summer dissertation research, Center for International Studies, Princeton University, 1990.

Fellowship for dissertation research, Council on Regional Studies, Princeton University, 1989.

Fellowship for dissertation research, Center for International Studies, Princeton University, 1989.

Doherty Foundation Summer Scholarship Prize, Program in Latin American Studies, Princeton University, 1989.

Fellowship, Organization of American States, 1988-90.

Fellowship, Princeton University, 1988-89.

Fulbright Scholarship, United States Information Agency, 1985-87.

Academic Merit Scholarship, El Colegio de México, 1981-85.

Teaching experience[edit]

3/02-3/02 Visiting Professor, Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Taught a graduate seminar on Contemporary Mexican Politics.

8/91- Taught "Introduction to Comparative Politics," “Comparative Political Economy,” “Historical Sociology” and “Contemporary Mexican Politics” at ITAM.

9/94-1/95 Taught "The Politics of Economic Reform and Democratization in Latin America," at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

1/94-4/94 Taught "Contemporary Topics in U.S.-Mexico Relations" at the University of Southern California.

4/92-7/92 Taught "Contemporary Mexico" at ITAM, Master's Degree in Business Administration.

1/92-4/92 Taught "Political and Institutional Analysis," at ITAM, Master's Degree in Public Policy.

5/90 Taught an intensive course on contemporary Mexican politics ITAM, Master’s Degree in International Organization.

2/87-6/87 Teaching Assistant - Princeton University, for "Politics in the Third World," taught by Professor Atul Kohli.

9/86-1/87 Teaching Assistant - Princeton University, for "Introduction to Political Theory" taught by Professor Benjamin Barber.

Major seminar presentations[edit]

2/15 “From the Mexican Moment to the Mexican Morass,” Center for Latin American Studies University of California, Berkeley.

10/13/13 “Genero y Medios de Comunicación,” Ciclo de Conferencias Conmemorando el Sufragio Femenino, Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación, México D.F.

10/13 “Las Tres C´s que México Necesita: Crecimiento, Competitividad, Crecimiento”, Universisad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey.

09/13 Panelist, “Cómo Entender la Reforma Energética”, Ciclo de Conferencias, Movimiento Progresista, ITAM.

05/12 “Cómo Promover la Participación Ciudadana, Ciclo de Conferencias “México en la Visión de sus Líderes,” Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Moneterrey, Nuevo Leon.

04/12 “Mexico’s Presidential Election”, Transborder Institute, University of San Diego.

04/12 “Mexico 2012 and Beyond,” Center for Latin American Studies, University of California Berkeley.

04/12 Panelist, “The Future of Latin American Leadership,” World Economic Forum, Regional Meeting, Puerto Vallarta.

03/12 Panelist “Retos a la Diversidad Sexual en México,” ITAM, México D.F.

10/11 “Challenges that Immigration Poses for Mexico and the United States,” Princeton University Forum on Immigration, Princeton.

04/11 “El futuro de la democracia en México,” Conferencia “El México que queremos,” Foro Piso 52, México D.F.

04/11 “Doble ausencia: buen gobierno y buena sociedad,” Conferencia Otero Ciudadano, Veracruz.

03/11 “What’s the Matter With Mexico?,” Woodrow Wilson Center for Scolars-Inter-American Dialogue, Washington D.C.

03/11 “El oficio de politóloga,” Conferencia “La experiencia intelectual de las mujeres en América Latina,” Consejo Nacional Para la Cultura y las Artes, Bellas Artes, México D.F.

03/11 “Reflexiones ciudadanas para entender y cambiar a México,” Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara.

03/11 “The Prospects for Mexico,” The Ditchley Foundation, Oxford.

03/11 “Politics and Governance in Mexico,” National Defense University, National War College, Washington D.C.

11/10 “Mexico’s Dysfunctional Democracy,” Conferencia sobre Gobernabilidad Democrática, ITAM-Stanford, México D.F.

10/10 “El México real y el México de los medios,” Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila.

5/10 “Felipe Calderón’s Visit to Washington: What Can the U.S. Expect,” Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Washington D.C.

5/10 “De la sumisión a la participación ciudadana,” Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas.

4/10 “México ante su bicentenario: lo bueno, lo malo, lo pendiente,” Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Guadalajara.

3/10 “Las tres C’s que México Necesita: Competencia, Competitividad, Crecimiento,” Reunión Anual del Banco Interamericano, Cancún, México.

3/10 “Las alianzas electorales PAN-PRD”, Museo del Estanquillo, México D.F.

3/10 “Mujer y participación,” Instituto Estatal de la Mujer, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

3/10 “Consumidores y democracia en México,” Dia Internacional de la Competencia, Museo de San Ildefonso.

3/10 “El reto de la reforma política,” Cámara de Diputados, Congreso de la Unión, México D.F.

2/10 “Ÿ yo qué puedo hacer: 10 propuestas para cambiar a México,” Universidad Autónoma de Oaxaca.

2/10 “Citizen Participation in Public Life: Citizen Movements and Independent Candidacies,” Universidad Iberoamericana, México D.F..

1/10 “Challenges for Social Cohesion,” Conference “New Challenges for Democracy and Development in Latin America,” Center on Pacific Economies, University of California, San Diego.

1/10 “Mexico: The Need for Reform,”Institute of the Americas, University of California, San Diego.

1/10 “La mujer en México: lo que falta por hacer,” Instituto Politécnico Nacional.

11/09 “Lecturas de Política Mexicana,” Coloquio “México y el Mundo: 2010,” Centro de Estudios Internacionales, El Colegio de México

11/09 “Violence in Mexico: Beyond Sensationalism,” Center for Latin American Studies, Brown University, Rhode Island.

11/09 “The Political Impact of Economic Crisis in Latin America,” Regional Summit, The World Bank.

10/09 “Political Challenges and Economic Reform,” The Economist Mexico Summit.

09/09 Foro “Balance y retos de la reforma electoral,”Senado de la República, México.

09/09 “Challenges for Democratic Governance in Latin America,” Conference on Peace and Security Issues in Latin America, International Peace Institute, New York.

07/09 “U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum,” Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

06/09 “Foro sobre el voto razondo,” Instituto Federal Electoral.

06/09 “México: Una democracia disfuncional,” Foro “Con México Sí,” Morelia.

05/09 “What’s Wrong With Mexico: Drugs, Dinosaurs and Dithering,” Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

05/09 “Mexico’s Dysfunctional Democracy,” Center for Latin American Studies, Yale University.

05/09 “Mexico: Drugs and Democracy,” David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.

03/09 “A dónde va México?,” Reunión anual, Asociación de la Banca Mexicana, Acapulco, México.

03/09 Testimony on Mexico before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington D.C.

03/09 “Los retos de la mujer ante la crisis,” Congreso del Estado de Nuevo Leon.

03/09 “Mujer y participación,” Cámara de Diputados, México D.F.

O2/09 “The United States and Mexico,” presentation of the Binational Study Group Report, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C.

01/09 “México ante la crisis: Qué hacer para crecer?,” Senado de la República.

11/08 “Is Mexico at Risk of Getting Back to Political Paralysis?,” Mexico Business Summit. Monterrey.

11/08 “Ausencia doble: retos para fortalecer la solidaridad social,” Reunión Anual del Consejo Mexicano Para la Filantropía, Mexico City.

10/08 “Factores no-económicos que afectan el dinamismo y la inclusion,” 5th Annual Conference of the Center on Capitalism and Society: Economic Dynamism and Inclusion, Mexico City.

10/08 “Forced Silent: The Structure of the Media and Freedom of Expression in Mexico, Conference “Scared Silent: Mexico’s Journalists Under Attack by Drug Mafias,” The Journalism School, Columbia University.

10/08 “Directivos y perdiodistas: Entre lo económico, lo político y lo social,” Conferencia “Comunicación, Sociedad y Política en el México de Hoy,” Fundación Manuel Buendía.

09/08 “El Pasado Presente,” Conferencia Magistral, Ciclo de Conferencias sobre el 40 Aniversario del Movimiento Estudiantil de 1968, UNAM.

09/08 “Can Latin America’s Potential be Realized?,” The Ditchley Foundation, Oxford, United Kingdom.

08/08 “Balance de la justicia transicional en México,” Conference “Retos de la justicia transicional en México,” International Center for Transitional Justice and Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Mexico City.

06/08 “Violencia contra periodistas e impunidad en México,” Conferencia del Inter-American Dialogue y el Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales.

04/08 “Mexico’s ‘Bad’ Capitalism and its Consequences”, Conference “What Keeps Holding the Mexican Economy Back?,” Woodrow Wilson Center.

02/08 “La situación política de México,” Reunión de Consejeros del Sistema Tecnológico de Monterrey.

01/08 “Felipe Calderon’s First Year,” Inter-American Dialogue, Washington D.C.

01/08 “Medios y gobernabilidad democrática en México,” Conferencia, “Medios y Democracia en México”, El Colegio de México.

11/07 “Pensar al ciudadano”, Ciclo de conferencias “Pensamiento actual mexicano”, Forum Internacional de las Culturas, Monterry.

11/07 “Los derechos de los consumidores en una sociedad democrática”, Congreso Internacional “El acceso a la justicia para los consumidores a través de acciones colectivas”, ITAM.

10/07 “Repercusión pública de la Ley Televisa: saldos de una experienca insólita,” Conferencia “Ley Televisa: qué sigue,” Universidad de Guadalajara.

10/07 “Mujer y universidad”, Conferencia, “Equidad de género en la UNAM”, PUEG, UNAM.

05/07 “En defensa de la libertad de expresión”, Seminario Internacional, “El derecho a defender los derechos humanos y la libertad de expresión,” Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal.

05/07 “México y los Estados Unidos,” Diálogos en Bellas Artes.

05/07 “The State of Mexico’s Democracy: Obstacles to Consolidation, Yale University.

02/07 “Izquierda, democracia y crisis política en México,” Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, UNAM.

02/07 “The State of Democracy in Latin America,” Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, Dominican Republic.

02/07 “NAFTA in Prospect and Retrospect,” Center for Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin,

02/07 “La izquierda frente al espejo,” Debate Abierto convocado por la corriente “Nueva Izquierda” del PRD, México DF.

11/06 “Ciudadanos y democracia en México: tareas pendientes,” Instituto Electoral del Estado de Guanajuato.

11/06 Panelist, “Cómo resolver problemas difíciles: en torno a la obra de Adam Kahane,” Comisión Mexicana de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal.

11/06 “Competencia económica y competitividad en México”, Club de Industriales.

10/06 “Una mirada analítica a las realidades de México”, Cumbre de Negocios, Monterrey.

9/06 “Will Mexico Survive its Presidential Election?,” Zócalo Lecture Series, Los Angeles.

9/06 “Mexico After the 2006 Election”, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C.

9/06 “Where is Mexico Headed?,” Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

5/06 “Dealing With a New Political Reality,” Mexico Forum 2006: Prospects for a New Administration, The Economist Annual Conference.

4/06 “Las elecciones y los medios de comunicación,” Conference “2006: año de elecciones, año de reflexiones”, El Colegio de México.

11/05 “México: La disputa por la Nación,” Annual Meeting, AMCHAM.

11/05 “Entre la palabra y la pantalla,” Diálogos Literarios, Feria Internacional del Libro, Guadalajara.

11/05 “Marginalidad y democracia,” Conference “Estío 2005: Globalización, cultura e identidad,” Universidad de las Américas Puebla.

10/05 “Aventuras de una guera guerrera,” Conference “Las gueras y las prietas: identidad y género en la construcción del escenario politico,” PUEG, UNAM.

10/05 “El tema tabú: Medios y poder,” Ponencia Magistral, Reunión Anual del Centro Méxicano Para la Filantropía.

10/05 Panelist, “Mexico Election Series,” Council of the Americas, New York.

9/05 “Mexico 2006: Looking Backward, Moving Sideways,” Conference on Accountability and Rule of Law in Mexico, University of Texas, Austin.

8/05 Panelist, “Global Competitiveness,” North American Institute, Santa Fe.

5/05 Panelist, “Reforms: 2006 and Beyond,” Forbes CEO Forum, Mexico City.

5/05 Panelist, “Encuesta y elecciones en México: Rumbo al 2006,” 7th WAPOR-Mexico Seminar, ITAM, Mexico City.

4/05 “Politics in Mexico,” Inter-American Dialogue, Washington D.C.

2/05 “NAFTA: Looking Ahead,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

1/05 “U.S. Policy in Latin America: Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela,” The Aspen Institute Congressional Program, Punta Mita.

11/04 “Retos de la participación ciudadana,” Centro Mexicano Para la Filantropía, México.

10/04 “Mujeres invirtiendo en mujeres,” Sociedad Mexicana Pro-Derechos de la Mujer, México.

10/04 “The Future of Mexico,” Diplomacy and World Affairs Series, Occidental College, Los Angeles.

09/04 “Gobernabilidad: Qué Reforma,” Cámara de Diputados, H. Congreso de la Unión, Mexico City.

09/04 “Mexico’s Democratic Governability,” México: Cumbre de Negocios, Veracruz.

04/04 Panelist, “Latin America in 2004: Is Economic Growth Here to Stay?,” Milken Institute Global Conference, Los Angeles, California.

04/04 “Democratic Mexico and its Discontents,” Canadian Chamber of Comerce, Mexico City.

03/04 Panelist, “Mujeres y democracia: Asaltar el palacio,” Conference “Diálogo entre Mujeres,” Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico.

02/04 Panelist, “A New Calculus: Bush and the Post 9/11 World,” Occidental College, Los Angeles.

01/04 “Mexico’s Political Prospects,” Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Fourth Annual Mexico Energy Executive Retreat, Mexico City.

12/03 “Democratic Mexico: Challenges Ahead,” Aspen Institute Congressional Conference, Punta Mita, Mexico.

11/03 “Mexico at Mid-term: From Delirium to Disappointment,” Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC.

11/03 Panelist, “Latin American Leaders and Democratic Governance,” Inter-American Dialogue. Washington DC.

10/03 Panelist, “La mujer y su participación en la construcción de la democracia en México y América Latina,” Comunidad Latinoamericana de Juventudes, ITAM, México.

10/03 Panelist, “El futuro de la izquierda,” Conference sponsored by the Partido de la Revolución Democrática, Mexico.

10/03 Panelist, “Is a New International Era Taking Shape? What are its Causes, Contours and Implications?” Ninth Annual Members’ Weekend, Pacific Council on International Policy, Seattle.

10/03 Panelist, “Medios y Política Exterior,” Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales.

10/03 Panelist, “Transnational Political Participation,” North American Futures Project, Pacific Council on International Policy, Chicago.

09/03 Panelist, “North America: Secure and Efficient Borders,” Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales, Monterrey, México.

07/03 Panelist, “Dispelling Myths About Immigration,” North American Futures Project, Pacific Council on International Policy, Zacatecas, México.

06/03 “Perspectivas Políticas de México,” Asociación Mexicana de Mujeres Empresarias, León, Guanajuato.

O5/03 Panelist, “The Future of US-Mexico Relations,” Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.

04/03 Panelist, “Do American Values Shape American Foreign Policy?,” Center for International Studies, University of Denver.

03/03 “Mexico’s Political Prospects,” American Chamber of Commerce, Mexico City.

01/03 Panelist. “The Future of the Mexican Left,” Center for US-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego.

01/03 Panelist, “Causes and Consequences of Transnationalism,” Pacific Council on International Policy, Los Angeles.

04/02 Panelist, “The U.S. and Mexico: Neighbors in a New Era,” Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

11/01 Panelist, “The Latin American Outlook,” UCLA-Anderson School Forecast Conference, Anderson School, UCLA, December 5, 2001.

11/01 “Mexico: From PRI Predominance to Divided Democracy,” Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

10/01 “Political and Economic Reforms in New Democracies,” Conference on Democratic Transition and Consolidation, Gorbachev Foundation and FRIDE, Madrid, Spain.

9/01 “’Going Public’: The Politics of Mexico’s New Presidency,” presented at the XXIII Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, Washington D.C., September 5–7, 2001.

4/01 “Why the PRI Lost,” Conference on Political Parties in Mexico, Taiwan and Indonesia, China Reform Forum and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

9/00 Discussant, “The 2000 Election and Mexico’s Political Transition,” Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego.

8/00 Panelist, “Latinos, Foreign Relations and the National Interest,” Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, Claremont, California.

5/00 “Actores e instituciones en la transición mexicana,” Cátedra Alfonso Reyes, ITESM.

4/00 “Mexican Transitions,” Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

3/00 Panelist, “New Themes in Mexican Political Economy,” Annual Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, Miami, March 16–18, 2000.

10/99 Discussant, “Political Actors: Elements of a New Political Order,” at the conference “Dilemmas of Change in Mexican Politics,” Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego.

8/99 “Mexico: 2000 Presidential Election and the Political Outlook,” Global Executive Forum, Institute for International Business, University of Colorado at Denver, Aspen Colorado, August 25–27, 1999.

9/99 Discussant, Panel “America in its Hemisphere,” International Institute for Strategic Studies, Annual Meeting, Coronado Island, San Diego, September 6–19, 1999.

6/99 Panelist, “Mexico in Transition: Problems and Prospects,” Office of External Research, U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.

6/99 Panelist, “The Future of Mexico,” Pacific Council on International Policy, Los Angeles.

5/99 “Blood Sport: The Politics of Mexico’s Presidential Succession,” Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University.

4/99 “Mexico’s Election 2000: Dilemmas of Democratization,” University of California, Los Angeles.

3/99 “Mexican Social Policy: From PRONASOL to PROGRESA,” Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego.

11/98 “Globalization and the Future of Politics,” Meeting of the World Academy of Arts and Science, Vancouver, Canada,

2/98 “Mexico After the National Elections of 1997,” Lecture delivered at the Marian Miner Cook Athaneum, Claremont McKenna College, California.

12/97 “Major Transitions in Mexico Today,” The Future of Mexico Study Group, Pacific Council on International Policy, Los Angeles, California.

10/97 “How the Mexican Press Covers the United States: The Seven Deadly Sins,” Paper presented at the conference “Press Coverage of Mexico and the United States,” sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center, Harvard University, National Press Club, Washington. D.C.

10/97 “Neither Heaven or Hell: Mexico After the Mid-term Election,” Paper presented at the conference, “The 1997 Mexican Elections: Results and Implications,” Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

7/97 Panelist, “Spotlight on Mexico: Mid-Term Elections and Economic Prospects.” Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and Institute of the Americas, San Diego, California.

7/97 Panelist, “Mexico’s Mid-Term Elections: Implications for the Mexican Political System,” Pacific Council on International Policy, Los Angeles, California.

5/97 Panelist, “Regional and Global Integration,” Seminar XXI, MIT sponsored conference, Wye Plantation.

5/97 Panelist, “The United States and Mexico,” Foreign Service Institute and MIT’s Center for International Studies, Virginia.

5/97 Discussant, “El Papel de los Medios en las Elecciones de 1997,” ITAM, Mexico City.

4/97 Panelist, “Democratization in Mexico: The Political Process,” Foundation for American Communications, Phoenix, Arizona.

3/97 Panelist, "Mujer y Politica," ITAM, Mexico City.

11/96 Panelist, "Ethics and Politics," State of the World Forum, Guanajuato.

5/96 Panelist, "Regionalism, NAFTA, and Mexico," Seminar XXI, MIT sponsored Conference, Wye Plantation.

2/96 Panelist, ¨The Compatibility of Democratization and Market Liberalization” Universidad de las Americas, Puebla.

1/96 Panelist, ¨Mexico: The Economic Crisis and the Prescribed Cure,¨ Ministry of External Affairs, Canada.

1/96 Panelist, ¨Mexico After the Crisis: Upward Mobility or Downstream Drift?,¨The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, California.

1/96 Panelist, ¨Democracy and Markets in Latin America, ¨Pacific Council on International Policy, Los Angeles, California.

10/95 Panelist, ¨Mexico: The Challenge of Political Opening, “National Endowment for Democracy and Center for U.S. Mexican Studies, Washington D.C.

10/95 ¨Promoting Democracy in Mexico: The Importance of International Actors,” Working Group on Democracy Promotion in Latin America, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C.

8/95 Panelist, "Consolidating the Third Wave Democracies," International Conference sponsored by the Institute for National Policy Research, Taipei, Taiwan, August 27–30, 1995.

6/95 Panelist, "La Economía Política del TLC: México y el Hemisferio Occidental," ITAM.

5/95 "Mexico after the Meltdown: Is Democracy Possible?," Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University.

5/95 "Tequila y Ron: ¿El mismo son? Lecciones de la Crisis Mexicana para Venezuela," Annual Seminar, Jirahara Group, Venezuela.

3/95 Panelist, "The Post-NAFTA Political Economy: Mexico and the Western Hemisphere," School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

1/95 Panelist, "Mexico's Political Future," Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

1/95 "Political Effects of Mexico's December Crisis and its Implications for U.S.-Mexico Relations," University of Texas, Austin.

1/95 Panelist, "The Future of Democracy," Sponsored by the Journal of Democracy. Washington, D.C.

10/94 "Twilight of the Perfect Dictatorship?," Academic Seminar Series on Mexico, The Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.

10/94 Participant in the workshop, "The Politics of Social Policy in Latin America," The Institute of Latin American Studies, The University of North Carolina.

10/94 Panelist, "Mexico's Presidential Election," Research Program in Development Studies, Princeton University.

9/94 Panelist, "Mexico's Electoral Aftermath and Political Future," The Mexican Center, The University of Texas, Austin.

7/94 Discussant, "Pobreza y Gobernabilidad," Centro de Estudios Demográficos, El Colegio de México.

7/94 Panelist, "Mexico's Elections: Passages and Perspectives," Georgetown University.

5/94 Panelist, "100 Days to the Election: Factors and Agents of Political Change," Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico City.

4/94 Discussant, "Academic Conference on Democracy," The Helen Kellog Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame.

4/94 Panelist, "Democracy in the Americas: Approaching the Year 2000," The Helen Kellog Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame.

4/94 "International Actors and the Promotion of Democracy in Mexico," The Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, California.

1/94 Panelist, "Moving Ahead with NAFTA: Implications for the United States, Canada, and Mexico," Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington D.C.

10/93 "Salinastroika Without PRIsnost: The Politics of Economic Reform in Mexico,” Mexico Seminar, University of Montreal.

10/93 "The 1994 Presidential Succession in Mexico: Will Salinas' Economic Reforms Survive?," Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD.

10/93 Panelist, "The Succession in Mexico: Will the Reforms Survive?," Western State Treasurers Association Conference, San Diego, California.

5/93 Participant in the Conference "Japan, Europe and North America: Towards a G-3 World," The Salzburg Seminar, Austria.

4/93 "The Political Implications of NAFTA in Mexico," The Pacific Rim and the United States Lecture Series, The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, Claremont McKenna College, California.

9/92 Panelist, "Mexican Politics in Transition," Women Leaders Conference, California-Mexico Project, co-sponsored by the University of Southern California and La Opinión.

5/92 "A Tale of Two Countries: Reflections on Mexico's Modernization," New York Financial Women's Association.

4/92 "Pronasol and Politics in the Mexican Countryside," Conference on "Agrarian Reform in Mexico," U.S. Department of State.

3/92 "The Relevance of Mexico: A Case Study," Young Leaders Seminar, "The Atlantic and Pacific Communities and the Future of Global Trade and Development," sponsored by the Atlantic Council of the United States, Hawaii.

2/92 "Pronasol: A Preliminary Assessment," sponsored by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD.

1/92 "Mexico's New Politics in the United States," Latino Leaders Workshop, sponsored by the California-Mexico Project, University of Southern California.

12/91 "Parties, Elections and Political Change in Mexico," sponsored by Brown University's Center for Latin American Studies, Providence, Rhode Island.

10/91 "Mexico's National Solidarity Program (Pronasol)" at the RAND Corporation and the University of Southern California, as a guest speaker for USC's California-Mexico Project, Los Angeles, California.

9/91 Delivered a lecture on the National Solidarity Program (Pronasol) at the "Seminar on Domestic Politics," Center for International Studies, El Colegio de México.

11/90 "Political Change in Mexico under Salinas," Foreign Policy Institute, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

8/90 "The Three Faces of Salinas: Perspectives on Economic and Political Reform," Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce, Mexico City.

4/90 Participant in a research seminar, "The Politics and Economics of Liberalization in Latin America," sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue, Washington D.C.

3/90 "Economic Liberalization and Political Change in Mexico," research seminar "The Political Economy of the State in Latin America," Princeton University.

2/90 "Changes and Perspectives in the Mexican Political Scenario," as part of the seminar "Economic Perspectives for the Business Community," sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce, Mexico City.

2/89 "Mexico and the United States: the California Connection," seminar sponsored by the Master's Degree Program in International Journalism, USC.

5/85 "Neoconservatism and Politics in the Reagan Era; Implications for Mexico," as part of a lecture series sponsored by the U.S.-Mexico Program, El Colegio de México.


  • Chapter in “How Great Women Lead”, edited by Bonnie St. John and Darcy Deane, New York: Center Street, 2012.
  • El país de uno: reflexiones para entender y cambiar a México, México, Editorial Aguilar, 2011
  • “El oficio de escribir sobre política,” en Nora Pasternac (coord.), Cómo escriben los que escriben, Fondo de Cultura Económica-ITAM, 2011.
  • “Hoy Toca”en Díalogos con Germán Dehesa, México, Editorial La Gunilla, 2011.
  • “El pasado presente”, El 68: todo el día y toda la noche, Conferencias Magistrales, Memoria de los 40 años del movimiento estudiantil del 68, UNAM, 2011.
  • “Cansados de pagar rentas: consumidores y monopolios en México,” en Carlos Heredia (coord.), La flecha en el aire: Homenaje a Javier Beristain, 2010.
  • “Monopolios y desarrollo democrático,” Enrique Florescano (coord.), La privatización de lo público, 2010.
  • “Mexico: Drugs and Democracy,” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, June 2009.
  • Gritos y susurros II: Experiencias intempestivas de otras 39 mujeres, México, Santillana, 2009.
  • “Democracia de baja calidad”, Revista Mexicana de Comunicación, Ano 21, No. 114, 2008.
  • “Tiempo de coraje moral, in Adiós a las trampas, México, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2008.
  • “Recipientes vs participantes: la izquierda y el reto de la ciudadanización”, in Roger Bartra, (ed.), Izquierda, democracia y crisis política, Mexico, Nuevo Horizonte Editores, 2008.
  • “Derechos humanos en México: la larga marcha hacia dónde?”, Revista Defensor, Comisión de Dreechos Humanos del Distrito Federal, No.1, enero del 2008.
  • “Mexico: Dysfunctional Democracy” in Jorge Domínguez and Michael Shifter, (eds.), Democratic Governance in Latin America, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
  • "Requiem para un romance: México y Estados Unidos frente a la inmigración", en Enriqueta Cabrera, (comp.), Desafíos de la migración: saldos de la relación México- Estados Unidos, México, Editorial Planeta, 2007.
  • "La ‘Ley Televisa’: saldos de una experiencia insólita", en Javier Corral Jurado y Pablo Arredondo Ramírez, (coord.), La ‘Ley Televisa’: balance y prospectiva, México, Universidad de Guadalajara, 2007.
  • "Mi Julieta", Revista de la Universidad, octubre 2007.
  • "El periodismo forever", Revista de la Universidad, Febrero 2007.
  • "El gobierno de Vicente Fox: Un balance informado y necesario", Nexos, 349, enero 2007.
  • "Mexico 2006: A House Divided", Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, November 2006.
  • "Paisaje después de la batalla: reflexiones sobre la Ley de Radio y Televisión", Perspectivas Progresistas, México, Fundación Friedrich Ebert, 2006.
  • "México 2006: una casa dividida", Pensamiento de los confines, Buenos Aires, Fondo de Cultura Económica, número 19, diciembre de 2006.
  • "Retos de la participación ciudadana: Y Frodo?", en Acuerdos básicos para la consolidación democrática, México, INDESOL, 2006.
  • "Ciudadanización vs discriminación", en Defensor, Revista de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal, septiembre, 2006.
  • "Yo, ciudadana", en En voz alta: testimonios de medio siglo, México, ISSSTE, 2006.
  • Con Jorge Volpi, México: lo que todo ciudadano (no) quisiera saber sobre su patria, México, Aguilar Nuevo Siglo, 2006.
  • "México: cojeando hacia atrás", Revuelta, No. 1, 2006.
  • "México: del predominio del PRI a la democracia dividida", in Jorge Domínguez and Michael Shifter, (eds.), Construcción de gobernabilidad democrática en América Latina, México, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2005.
  • "Reformar para gobernar", en Manuel Camacho Solís y Diego Valadés (coordinadores), Gobernabilidad democrática: qué reforma?", México: UNAM, 2005.
  • "Mexico under Fox", Current History, February 2005.
  • "Dilemas de la Democracia Dividida", en Alejandro Poiré, Federico Estévez y Alejandro Moreno, (coords.), México 2003, Editorial Planeta.
  • Gritos y susurros: Experiencias Intempestivas de 38 mujeres", (coordinadora), México: Grijalbo, 2004.
  • "Latin American Leaders: From Boyfriends to Husbands", Inter-American Dialogue, 2003.
  • "Mexico at Mid-term: From Delirium to Disappointment", Woodrow Wilson Center Working Papers.
  • "Mexico: From PRI Predominance to Divided Democracy", in Jorge I. Domínguez and Michael Shifter, (eds.), Constructing Democratic Governance, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
  • "Mexico and the Western Hemisphere: Revising its Role", in Riordan Roett, (ed.), The Western Hemisphere in the 21st Century: Challenge or Opportunity, (forthcoming).
  • "Why the PRI Lost", in Minxin Pei, (ed.), The Fall of Dominant Party Regimes, Carnegie Endowment for International Pleace and China Reform Forum, (forthcoming).
  • Book review, Asalto a Palacio, by Guillermo Cantú, in Foreign Policy, January/February 2002.
  • Mexico Transforming, Pacific Council on International Policy, 2000 (Member of the drafting team that produced the monograph).
  • Book review, La Herencia: Arqueologia de la Succession Presidencial en Mexico by Jorge G. Castaneda, in Foreign Policy, No. 116, Fall 1999.
  • "Post-NAFTA Politics in Mexico", in Carol Wise (ed.), The Post-NAFTA Political Economy: Mexico and the Western Hemisphere, University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998.
  • Con Rossana Fuentes Berain, "How the Mexican Press Covers the United States: The Seven Deadly Sins", The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 1998.
  • "Mexico After the July 6 Election: Neither Heaven nor Hell", Current History, February 1998.
  • "Falling From the Tightrope: The Political Economy of the Crisis", in Sebastian Edwards and Moisés Naim, (eds.) Mexico 1994: Anatomy of an Emerging-Market Crash, Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1998.
  • Book review, Salinas y su Imperio, by Julio Scherer in Foreign Policy, Number 110, Spring 1998.
  • "En busca de la legitimidad perdida: PRONASOL, pobreza y política en el gobierno de Salinas", en Gabriel Martínez, (comp.), Pobreza y Política Social en México, Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1997.
  • "Mexico: Uneasy, Uncertain, Unpredictable", Current History, February 1997.
  • "Democracy, Markets, and the Mexican Crisis", Constructing Democracy and Markets: East Asia and Latin America, International Forum for Democratic Studies and Pacific Council on International Policy, 1996.
  • "Twilight of the Perfect Dictatorship: The Decline of One-Party Rule in Mexico", in Jorge Domínguez and Abraham Lowenthal, (eds.), Challenges to Democratic Governance in Latin America, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
  • "Treading Lightly and Without a Stick: International Actors and the Promotion of Democracy in Mexico", in Tom Farer (ed.) The Limits of Sovereignty and the Collective Defense of Democracy in Latin America, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
  • "Five Scenarios for Mexico", Journal of Democracy, Vol. 5, No. 3, July 1994.
  • "Embellishment, Empowerment, or Euthanasia of the PRI? Neoliberalism and Party Reform in Mexico", in Kevin Middlebrook, Juan Molinar, and María Cook, (eds.), The Politics of Economic Restructuring in Mexico, La Jolla: University of California, San Diego, 1994.
  • "Bringing the Poor Back In: Poverty Alleviation and Regime Legitimacy in Mexico", in Wayne Cornelius, Ann Craig, and Jonathan Fox, (eds.), Transforming State-Society Relations in Mexico: The National Solidarity Strategy La Jolla: Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD 1994.
  • "Pronasol y Política: El Combate a la Pobreza como Fórmula de Gobernabilidad", en Félix Vélez y Eduardo Andere (coord.), Políticas Públicas de Combate a la Pobreza", México: Fondo de Cultura Económica-ITAM, 1994.
  • "Exporting Conflict: Transboundary Consequences of Mexican Politics", in Abraham Lowenthal and Katrina Burgess, (eds.), The California-Mexico Connection, Stanford University Press, 1993.
  • "Neopopulist Solutions to Neoliberal Problems: Mexico's National Solidarity Program", Current Issue Brief, La Jolla: Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, No. 3, 1991.
  • "La Nueva Política Mexicana en Estados Unidos", Estados Unidos: Informe Trimestral, México: Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Vol. I, Núm. 4, October–December 1991.


Syndicated columnist for the Mexican newspaper Reforma, the Los Angeles newspaper La Opinion, and the Chicago newspaper Hoy.

Syndicated columnist for the Mexican news weekly Proceso.

Contributor, “El Código Dresser”, Reporte Indigo internet magazine, 2007-2011.

Contributor, Project Syndicate.

Political commentator, “Mesa Política”, The News with Carmen Aristegui.

Political commentator, “La hora de opinar”, Foro TV.

Political commentator, Sin Embargo political website

Member of the journalist roundtable “El Cristal con que se Mira” (2005-2006).

Contributing writer to the editorial page of the Los Angeles Times.

Interviewed regularly on Mexican politics by National Public Radio, CNN, CBS, CBC and NBC.

Producer of the television documentary “Gritos y susurros” on Televisa (May 2005).

Commentator for the radio program “La frontera de cristal,” W Radio (1997-2005).

Host of the political talk show “Entre Versiones,” Canal 40, 1998-1999.

Political commentator for “Mesa Politica,” Radio Red, 1995-1997.

Political commentator for “Detras de la Noticia,” 1997-1999.

“Mujeres, mejores¨ , Nexos, Mayo 2011.

“Ebrard: controlar y conducir”, Newsweek, 3 de julio, 2006.

“Marta en la Mira,” preface to the book, Simplemente Martita, by Guadalupe Loaeza, México: Plaza y Janés, 2004.

“Mexico and the United States: The End of the Affair,” San Jose Mercury News Outlook, November 2003.

“La presidencia como espectáculo,” Hoja por Hoja, March 3, 2001, No.46.

“Los libros políticos del año,” Hoja por Hoja, October 2, 1999.

“Los retos de la oposición,” Coyuntura, March, 1998.

“Las elecciones del 6 de julio,” Conciencia Mexicana, Winter, 1997.

Political commentator for "La Opción," Radiópolis, Mexico City, 1995-1996.

Political commentator for "Just for the Record," Express Radio, Mexico City, 1993-1994.

“Why Mexico Wants Weld,” The New York Times, August 2, 1997

"Corresponsales y Caos," Enfoque, May 1996.

"First Person: Interview with Denise Dresser," Mexico Business, April 1995.

"Requiem Para Bill Clinton: Las Elecciones de 1994," Enfoque, 20 November 1994.

"The Impending Elections: The Only Certainty is Uncertainty," NACLA Report of the Americas, Volume XXVIII, No. 1, July/August 1994.

"La promoción internacional de la democracia en México," Este País, July 1994.

Participant in two roundtables on Mexican politics, La Opinion, 15 January and 25 March 1994.

"Merece sobrevivir Solidaridad?," Sección Ideas, Excélsior, 6 October 1993.

"Pobreza y Presidencia," Mira, September 1993.

"El Leviatán Paradójico: Notas sobre el Nuevo Estado Mexicano," Suplemento Zona Abierta, El Financiero, November 1992.

"Pronasol: Los Dilemas de la Gobernabilidad," El Cotidiano, July 1992.

Interviewed regarding the political economy of North American Free Trade on "Mundo Empresarial," Radio Mundo, Mexico City, October 9, 1992 and December 13, 1991.

The Politics of Solidarity," Business Mexico, October 1991.

"XIV Asamblea del PRI: Balance Preliminar," coauthored with John Bailey and Leopoldo Gómez, La Jornada, special supplement, September 26, 1990.

"Rollos Negros de una Dama Blanca" on Jeane Kirkpatrick's Dictatorship and Double Standards, "Y el Imperio Siguió Cayendo," on Pablo González Casanova (ed.), Estados Unidos Hoy, February 1985, Nexos:

Professional Associations[edit]

Member, UCLA Council on Mexico.

Member of the Latin American Studies Association.

Member of the International Studies Association.

Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy (2000-2008).

Member of the Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales.

Member of the Research Council on Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy (1995-2000)

Member of Latin American Speakers.

Member of the Citizens’ Support Committee for the Special Prosecutor for Political and Social Movements of the Past (2001-2004).

Founding Member, Mexican Association for Freedom of Information (AMEDI).

President of the Jury, National Journalism Award, Mexico, 2009.

Board experience[edit]

Member of the Board of Semillas, a Mexican NGO that funds micro-business run by women.

Member of the Editorial Board, Latin American Research Review, 2000-2004.

Member of the Board, General Service Foundation 2003-2005.

Member of the Advisory Board, Este País.

Member of the Advisory Board, Transnational Research Corporation.

Member of the Advisory Board for the Americas, Human Rights Watch.

Member of the Editorial Board, Fondo de Cultura Económica.

Member of the Global Affairs Board, Occidental College.

Member of the Board, Human Rights Commission for Mexico City.

Member of the Board, Citizen Council of Chapultepec Park (2004-2011).

Member of the Governing Board, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning


  1. ^ Gritos y susurros: Experiencias intempestivas de 38 mujeres. 
  2. ^ Gritos y susurros II: Experiencias intempestivas de otras 39 mujeres. 
  3. ^ El país de uno: reflexiones para entender y cambiar a México. 

External links[edit]

External video
Denise Dresser-México ante la crisis (1 de 5) January 30, 2009
Denise Dresser-México ante la crisis (2 de 5) January 30, 2009
Denise Dresser-México ante la crisis (3 de 5) January 30, 2009
Denise Dresser-México ante la crisis (4 de 5) January 30, 2009
Denise Dresser-México ante la crisis (5 de 5) January 30, 2009