Laura Flamand received the B.A. degree in Government and Public Administration at El Colegio de México in 1997. She earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science at the University of Rochester (NY) in 2001 and 2004, respectively. After undertaking a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Political Studies at the University of Oxford (UK), Dr. Flamand became a research professor at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (México) in 2004, and is a member of the Mexican National System of Scholars (SNI) since 2006.
In November 2005, Dr. Flamand was awarded a Junior Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Study of Democracy in Latin America by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Center received over 150 applications from scholars in 19 countries.
Dr. Flamand specializes in comparative politics (Latin America), statistical methods, and public policy analysis and evaluation (in particular, in the public health and the social policy sectors). She is preparing a book on the relationships between democratization processes and the operation of federal systems from the fiscal, legislative and judicial vantage points. Her current main research projects are a) the study of the role of subnational governments in the federal policy process, especially in bodies of intergovernmental coordination, b) an analysis of the state-level operation of the Popular Health Insurance (Seguro Popular) in Mexico, and c) the design and application of a system of municipal development indexes. She has received grant support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the McArthur-Ford-Hewlett Foundations, the Organization of American States, the United Nations Program for Development, the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology, and the Mexican Council for the Evaluation of Social Policy.
Her most recent publications have appeared in Gestión y Política Pública, Política y Gobierno, and in an edited volume of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, DC).