Mary Speck is a Senior Associate with the Americas Program. She is an expert on Latin American politics and governance, especially the impact of criminal violence and corruption on local institutions. She has lived and worked throughout the region as an analyst, reporter, and historian. She previously headed the International Crisis Group’s Mexico and Central America project, conducting research on migration across Mexico’s southern border, forced disappearances in the state of Guerrero, and drug trafficking along the Guatemala/Honduras border, among other topics. Before joining Crisis Group, she worked as a foreign correspondent, covering the Andean region as a correspondent for the Miami Herald, reporting from Central America as a stringer for the Washington Post, and filing television and radio reports from the Southern Cone as a special correspondent/producer for CBS News.
Dr. Speck holds a PhD in history from Stanford University and BA from Bryn Mawr College. She also studied at Columbia University as a Knight-Bagehot fellow in business and economics journalism and held a visiting fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy.