Denise Dresser is a Mexican political analyst, columnist and academic.
She works as a professor of political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where she teaches comparative politics, political economy, and Mexican politics.
Her work has centered on Mexican democratization, corruption, the construction of citizenship
and political economy issues from a comparative perspective.
She writes a political column for the Mexican newspaper Reforma, and Proceso magazine and participates in the weekly political roundtable hosted by Carmen Aristegui and the political talk show “Es la Hora de Opinar” hosted by Leo Zuckermann.
Dr. Dresser is the author of numerous publications on Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexico relations.
She has served on the Citizens’ Committee in charge of investigating Mexico’s dirty war and has been member on the board of the Human Rights Commission for Mexico City.
Dr. Dresser earned her Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, 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 for International Studies at Princeton University, and the Organization of American States. She was given the Junior Third World Scholar award by the International Studies Association.
She has taught at Georgetown University and the University of California, Berkeley and has been a Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy at UCLA, 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.
She is a winner of the National Journalism Award and was awarded the “Legion of Honor” by the government of France for her work on human rights and freedom of expression in Mexico. Forbes magazine named her one of the 50 most powerful women in Mexico and one of the most influential people on Twitter.
She has been named one of the 300 most influential people in Mexico by the magazine Líderes Mexicanos and she won the National Journalism Award in 2010.
She is the author of the bestselling “El País de uno: reflexiones para entender y cambiar a México”.
Her new book, “Manifiesto mexicano: cómo perdimos el rumbo y cómo recuperarlo”, was published in June 2018.