††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jennifer L. McCoy


Jennifer McCoy has been a Political Science professor at Georgia State University since 1984, and Director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center in Atlanta since 1998.From 1988-98, Dr. McCoy also served as a consultant and Senior Associate of The Carter Center and from 1994 as Senior Associate of the Policy Research Center at GSU.Specializing in international and comparative politics, Dr. McCoy's professional work applies insights gained through academic research to real-world problems through the projects she directs at the action-oriented non-governmental organization of The Carter Center.Her areas of expertise include democratization in Latin America, the role of international actors in mediating processes of democratization, and the emergence of global electoral rights and anti-corruption norms.


Dr. McCoy is an internationally-recognized expert on Venezuelan politics, having authored numerous articles and books as well as leading the Carter Centerís election-monitoring and mediation efforts there since 1998.She directed the Carter Centerís Venezuela mediation and monitoring project, beginning with the invitation of the Venezuelan government to facilitate a resolution of the political crisis following the April 2002 coup.She helped establish and was the Carter Centerís representative to the International Tripartite Working Group on Venezuela (OAS, UNDP, Carter Center), an unprecedented collaboration among intergovernmental organizations and a non-governmental organization working to promote dialogue and reconciliation in that country through the Negotiating Table led by OAS Secretary General Gaviria.Since September 2003, she led the Carter Centerís monitoring mission for the August 15, 2004 presidential recall referendum.


In 2002, Dr. McCoy organized and accompanied former President Carter on his historic trip to Cuba. She was an invited civil society participant at the Quebec Summit of the Americas, and contributed to the formation of the Inter-American Democratic Charter.She directs the Centerís Forging Partners in the Americas conference series and projects on Financing Democracy, Challenges to Democracy in the Americas and Transparency for Growth, holding high-level hemispheric meetings on specific policy issues of campaign and party finance, transparency and anti-corruption, and democratic deficits, each with applied projects emerging from them. She has directed the Centerís election observer missions to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, Peru and Jamaica, and has also observed elections in Haiti, Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica and Indonesia.


Dr. McCoy is editor and contributor to The Unraveling of Representative Democracy in Venezuela (with David Myers, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004); Political Learning and Redemocratization in Latin America:Do Political Leaders Learn from Political Crises? (North-South Center, 2000) andVenezuelan Democracy Under Stress (North-South Center, 1995), and has authored articles in such journals as World Politics, International Politics, Latin American Research Review, Journal of Inter-American Studies and World Affairs, Journal of Developing Societies, Journal of Democracy, North-South, Hemisphere, and Current History.


Dr. McCoy has testified numerous times before the Western Hemisphere subcommittees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate Foreign Relations Committees, and has served as consultant to the United Nations Development Program and the U.S. State Department, among others.Recent service and advisory board membership include the Methodological Advisory Committee for the Global Access project of the Center for Public Integrity to measure transparency and governance, advisory board of SUNY-Binghamtonís Democratic Center,adviser on the Opacity Index produced by Price-Waterhouse-Coopers, and adviser on the State of Democracy Project and the Democratic Dialogue Projectfor the United Nations Development Program.She has previously served on the editorial boards of Latin American Research Review and Latin American Politics and Society.


Dr. McCoy received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in 1985, her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Oklahoma State University in 1978, and attended Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia for a semester study abroad in 1977. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and conduct research in Uruguay during the fall of 1991 and 1992.




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November 2004