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Dr. Daniela Stevens is director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program at the Inter-American Dialogue.
Before joining the Dialogue, Stevens was assistant professor in the International Relations Division of the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City, where she taught Latin American Studies and International Relations, coordinated the faculty seminars, served on the Board of Professors, and was an active member of the anti-discrimination committee. Stevens has published widely in specialized environmental and climate journals, such as Global Environmental Politics by MIT Press, and written opinion pieces for Nexos and commentary for El Universal.
Prior to working at CIDE, Stevens was a research fellow at Yale University, where she performed research on coalition-building in Latin America, energy reform in Mexico, and pension reform in Brazil. Stevens has also taught courses on climate and energy security for the Konrad Adenauer Siftung’s Diploma in International Strategic Analysis and on Latin American climate policy for the Mexican Foreign Service’s Matías Romero Institute.
A Mexican national, Stevens has experience in the local and federal public administrations. At the Federal Ministry of Public Security, her work as a liaison between the pubic and academic sectors was critical in launching a research center on security, where she served as deputy director.
Stevens has performed extensive fieldwork in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia, where she has built strategic relationships with public officials, private sector representatives, and civil society leaders regarding climate and energy policy. For example, Stevens was part of the select academic team that analyzed the pilot program of the Mexican Emissions-Trading System, in an initiative led by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the International Climate Initiative (IKI Alliance), financed by the German Ministry for the Environment. Stevens has been the recipient of competitive grants such as the Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant and is a member of National System of Researchers in Mexico (Candidate Level).
Stevens holds a master’s degree in Political Science from El Colegio de México and a PhD in Comparative Politics from the School of Public Affairs at American University, where she was also an adjunct professor of Comparative Politics and a guest lecturer of the Climate Policy honors class. As a graduate intern at the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, she performed sectoral analyses of the Mexican power sector and examined the environmental implications of the USMCA.