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I began working on Latin American issues in 2005 as a Research Fellow for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, where I focused on elections and social movements. I received my Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of California, San Diego in 2014, with a specialization in modern Mexican politics. My academic research explored urban transportation, business groups, corruption, and the political culture of the single-party regime. From 2015 to 2018 I developed and managed a certificate program on the border region at the Trans-Border Institute.


More recently I have focused on violence, security policy, and human rights in Mexico, with an emphasis on collaborative projects with local activists. This has included research on journalism and freedom of expression, femicide and gender violence, and disappearances. A list of academic and other publications can be found here.

I am currently a Senior Fellow for Human Rights at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, where I launched the Documenting Disappearance project to design new digital tools and techniques for victims groups. I also teach in UC San Diego's International Studies Program.

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I can be reached at lettieri.michael [at] gmail.com or by this form