Laura Blume, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Laura Blume
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Laura Blume is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her work focuses on issues of human security, with a regional focus in Latin America. Her teaching and research interests include the war on drugs, violence, illicit economies, immigration and democratization throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. She is currently working on a book project that uses comparative ethnography to examine the ways in which political context impacts drug-trafficking violence in Central America. Her work has been published in the Journal of Politics in Latin America and NACLA

Research interests

  • Comparative politics
  • Human security
  • Organized crime
  • Gangs
  • Corruption

Courses taught

  • PSC 405F: Problems Of World Politics
  • PSC 407I: Politics and Problems in Developing Areas


  • Ph.D., political science, Boston University, 2020
  • B.A., political science, Simmons College, 2013