Dr. Pamela K. Starr is the director of the U.S.-Mexico Network, a university fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and an associate professor of teaching in the School of International Relations and in Public Diplomacy. She came to USC from the Eurasia Group, one of the world's leading global political risk advisory and consulting firms, where she was senior analyst responsible for Mexico. Prior to that, she spent eight years in Mexico as a professor of Latin American political economy at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a private university in Mexico City. Dr. Starr is an active speaker, commentator, and author on Mexican politics, economics and foreign policy, and on economic reform and policy making in Latin America. She is the author of a 2009 Pacific Council on International Policy report, “Mexico and the United States: A Window of Opportunity?”, the Council on Foreign Relation’s special report on the 2006 Mexican election, “Challenges for a Postelection Mexico: Issues for US Policy”, and is currently writing a book on Mexico entitled " A Quarter Century of Policy Reform in Mexico: Unexpected Drivers and Unintended Consequences.

Dr. Starr’s research and writing focuses on three main topics: U.S.-Mexico relations, the politics, economy and foreign policy of contemporary Mexico, and the politics of economic policy-making across Latin America.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences