Laura Kupe

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Policy Analyst
Washington Office


B.A. in political science, University of Michigan; J.D., University of Michigan Law School


Laura Kupe is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She most recently served as a special assistant at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Office of International Engagement within the Office of Policy. In her role, Kupe served as a subject-matter expert on the Department's engagement with European Union member states and the Five Eyes on topics including immigration/migration, border security, and counterterrorism. Before that, she was detailed to the Office of Presidential Personnel in the White House and served as domestic director, working with the Departments of Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education on personnel matters and presidential appointments. Before her detail, Kupe served as the briefing book coordinator to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. Prior to her time in the federal government, Kupe served as a legislative fellow for Congresswoman Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Kupe speaks German, French, and Luxembourgish.


  • Protesters gather to the #unteilbar demonstration in Berlin, Germany, October 13, 2018

    Berlin Protests Highlight Need for Sound Employment Discrimination Laws in Germany

    Germany has a legal tradition and a strong constitution that promotes equality for all those living within its borders. That tradition could end up being a factor as German policymakers consider whether it is advantageous for the nation as a whole that the newest members of its society should have the necessary legal protections to succeed socially and economically.

    Nov 15, 2018 American Institute for Contemporary German Studies