Eugenio Weigend is the director for Gun Violence Prevention at American Progress. His research has focused on preventing arms trafficking and gun violence in the United States and Mexico. He has published numerous reports, fact sheets, and issue briefs advocating for measures that strengthen gun laws in the United States at the state and federal levels.
Weigend’s research on the impact of U.S. guns in Mexico and the perils of replicating U.S. gun policies abroad has been published in academic journals. He has provided testimonies before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as well as the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Firearms Trafficking in the Americas and has been invited to speak at conferences at Oxford University, Georgetown University, Washington University, Colegio de Mexico, and Universidad Autonoma Nacional de Mexico. He has appeared on international news outlets such as CNN, Televisa, and Al Jazeera and has been cited in news publications such as The New York Times and El Pais.
Prior to Joining American Progress, Weigend was a researcher at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, where he focused his research on mitigating violence across the Mexican states. In 2013, he co-authored a book on policies to mitigate the rise of violence in Mexico.
Weigend has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University and the University of Texas in El Paso. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Brown University and a doctorate from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.