Jennifer L. McCoy

Jennifer McCoy is Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University, and Director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center in Atlanta.  Specializing in international and comparative politics, Dr. McCoy's research focuses on democratization in Latin America, the role of international actors in mediating processes of democratization, and global anti-corruption norms. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Venezuela, Uruguay and Nicaragua.

Dr. McCoy is editor and contributor to Political Learning and Redemocratization in Latin America:  Do Political Leaders Learn from Political Crises? (North-South Center/Lynne Rienner Press, 2000) and  Venezuelan Democracy Under Stress (Lynne Rienner Press, 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.  She is currently working on a book project on Venezuelan democracy under the Punto Fijo years (1958-98) and the Bolivarian Revolution (1999-present).

Dr. McCoy currently directs the Carter Centerís Forging Partners in the Americas conference series and projects on Financing Democracy, Challenges to Democracy in the Americas and Transparency for Growth. She is the Carter Centerís representative to the International Tripartite Working Group on Venezuela (OAS, UNDP, Carter Center), working to promote dialogue and reconciliation in that country.  She has directed the Centerís election observer projects to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, Peru and Jamaica, and has also observed elections in Haiti (1990), Suriname (1991), Guyana (1991-92), Jamaica (1997).  From 1988-98, Dr. McCoy was a Senior Research Associate with The Carter Center.  She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and conduct research in Uruguay during the fall of 1991 and 1992.

Dr. McCoy has testified numerous times before the Western Hemisphere subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee, and has served as consultant to the United Nations Development Program and the U.S. State Department, among others.

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.

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November 2002