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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Mary Alexandra is a Political Scientist from El Colegio de México. She holds a Specialization in Social Sciences and Economics from Notre Dame University and has earned research grants at both Harvard and Yale University. As a Fox Fellow at Yale, her research focused on children and teenagers recruited by drug cartels in Mexico City. She has worked in various organizations including Ednica, an NGO that helps street children across Mexico City; the Federal Chamber of Deputies in Mexico during the LXII Legislature; IFT, the government agency that regulates telecommunications and broadcasting in Mexico; Santander Bank as an assistant director banker for global transactions; and more recently as an energy analyst for 5, a Texas based consultancy firm that serves energy markets across the United States and Mexico.


Wealth Economy. Energy. Telecommunications. Future of Democracy.


Key publications: 
  • Vela McCarthy, M. A. (2014). Superfluous symphonies: analysis of the transitions between life on the streets and drug dealing in Mexico City [Bachelors Thesis, El Colegio de México]. Thesis repository El Colegio de México.   
Supervisor: Dr Roberto Foa