Shannon K. O'Neil

Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

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Shannon K. O'Neil is the vice president, deputy director of studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an expert on Latin America, global trade, U.S.-Mexico relations, corruption, democracy, and immigration.

O’Neil has lived and worked in Mexico and Argentina, and travels extensively in Latin America. She was a Fulbright scholar and a Justice, Welfare, and Economics fellow at Harvard University, and has taught Latin American politics at Columbia University. Before turning to policy, O'Neil worked in the private sector as an equity analyst at Indosuez Capital and Credit Lyonnais Securities. She holds a BA from Yale University, an MA in international relations from Yale University, and a PhD in government from Harvard University. She is a member of the board of directors of the Tinker Foundation.

O’Neil is the author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead (Oxford University Press, 2013), which analyzes the political, economic, and social transformations Mexico has undergone over the last three decades and why these changes matter for the United States. She is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, and her written commentary has appeared widely. She is a frequent guest on national broadcast news and radio programs. O’Neil has testified before Congress on both Mexico and Latin America, and regularly speaks at global academic, business, and policy conferences.


  • MacroAdvisory Partners, senior advisor for Latin America
  • Tinker Foundation, member of the board of directors
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Social Sciences and Government, member of the advisory council

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