Denise Dresser

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Denise Dresser
Dr. Denise Dresser.
Born (1963-01-22) 22 January 1963 (age 53)
Nationality Mexican
Alma mater El Colegio de México,
Princeton University,
Occupation writer, analyst, professor

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), where she teaches courses such as Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Contemporary Mexican Politics and Graduations Seminars since 1991.

Academic career[edit]

Dresser earned her Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University, after completing her undergraduate work at El Colegio de México. She has received research grants from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, the Center of International Studies at Princeton University, and the Organization of American States. In 1993, she was named Junior Third World Scholar by the International Studies Association.

She has taught at Georgetown University and the University of California, Berkeley. Dresser has been a Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, D.C., and a Fellow at the Salzburg Seminar.

Personal life[edit]

Dresser has three children.


Dresser is the author of numerous publications on Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexico relations including "Neopopulist Solutions to Neoliberal Problems: Mexico's National Solidarity Program", "Exporting Conflict: Transboundary Consequences of Mexican Politics", "Treading Lightly and Without a Stick: International Actors and the Promotion of Democracy in Mexico", "Falling From the Tightrope: The Political Economy of the Mexican Crisis", and "Mexico: From PRI Predominance to Divided Democracy,". She has published articles in the Journal of Democracy, Current History, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics and Foreign Policy. A more extensive list of her publications is included below.

She writes a political column for the Mexican newspaper Reforma and the news weekly Proceso and was the host of the political talk show Entre versiones on Mexican television. She has participated as a political analyst in numerous radio and television programs including the "Mesa Política" with José Gutiérrez Vivó and "El cristal con que se mira" with Victor Trujillo. She is an Associate Editor at the Los Angeles Times, and has contributed numerous opinion pieces to The New York Times and La Opinión, and is a frequent commentator on Mexican politics in the U.S. and Canadian media. She has also worked as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program, Barings Research and the Bank of Montreal. Dresser is a member of the Research Council of the Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy, the World Academy of Arts and Science, the advisory board of Trans-National Research Corporation, the editorial board of the Latin American Research Review, the advisory board of Human Rights Watch, the Global Affairs Board at Occidental College, the board of the General Service Foundation and the editorial committee of the Fondo de Cultura Económica. She also served on the Citizens’ Committee in charge of investigating Mexico's dirty war. She is currently on the board of the Human Rights Commission for Mexico City.

She edited a bestselling collection of essays by prominent Mexican women entitled Gritos y susurros: experiencias intempestivas de 38 mujeres (Grijalbo 2004) and also produced a television documentary based on the book. Her most recent publication, in collaboration with novelist Jorge Volpi, is a book of political satire: México: lo que todo ciudadano quisiera (no) saber de su patria (Santillana 2006).


Politics has been Dresser´s main field of work, both in theory and in practice. She has expressed her open opposition to monopolistic practices in México, specially against the legislative reform known as the "Televisa Law", which provides government support to the national television duopoly group Televisa and TV Azteca. Also against TELMEX and more specifically Carlos Slim, one of the wealthiest men alive, whose investment group controls most of the telephone and communications networks in Mexico.[1]


  • "Extraction Without Representation: Mexico's Dysfunctional Democracy" in Jorge Domínguez and Michael Shifter, (eds.), Democratic Governance in Latin America, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, (forthcoming).
  • "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.


  1. ^ "Slim´s chance". 26 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 

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