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Laurie Trautman

Global Fellow

Professional affiliation

Director, Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University
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Full Biography

Dr. Laurie Trautman is the Director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. She engages in a range of research on the US - Canada border, particularly in the Cascadia region. Topics include trade, transportation, human mobility, and security. In addition to working with faculty and students, she collaborates with the private sector and government agencies to advance policy solutions that improve border efficiencies and strengthen the region. Laurie participates in a number of working groups focused on cross-border collaboration, including the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, the International Mobility and Trade Corridor Program, the Canada - US Transportation Border Working Group, and was recently appointed to the steering committee of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor.

Major Publications

Trautman, Laurie and Mary Moeller. 2019. The Role of the Border and Border Policies in Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking: A Case Study of the Cascadia Region of the U.S. – Canada Border. In Winterdyk, John and Jackie Jones (Eds.), The Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking. Palgrave Macmillan.

Trautman, Laurie. 2018. Cannabis in Cascadia: Impacts of Legalization in the Region. Border Policy Brief, Volume 13 (Winter).

Storer, Paul, David Davidson, and Laurie Trautman. 2015. Washington State’s Economy in Relation to Canada and the Border. Special Report (June). Border Policy Research Institute.