Michael M. McCarthy

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Professorial Lecturer

Areas of Expertise

Latin American politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, U.S. foreign policy, sanctions, democratization, populism, fragile states, authoritarian resilience, political parties, elections, citizen security, civil society, and issues of media balance and bias.

Michael M. McCarthy is a U.S. scholar-practitioner with two decades of experience working in Washington and Caracas.

He is Adjunct Professor at George Washington University's Elliot School for International Affairs, Research Fellow at American University’s Center for Latin American Studies, and CEO of Caracas Wire LLC, a strategic advisory firm that delivers comprehensive analysis of the crisis in Venezuela and its impacts on national security and global financial markets.

Previous experiences include International Associate-Venebarómetro Polling (2014-2017), Senior Research Consultant-Woodrow Wilson Center Latin America Program (2016-2017), Senior Analyst-Carter Center Venezuela Presidential Election Study Missions (2012-2013), Adjunct Professor-Johns Hopkins SAIS (2012-2013), Fulbright and Inter-American Foundation Fellowships (2008-2009), Instructor – Johns Hopkins University (2004-2008; 2010-2012); and Research Associate-Council on Foreign Relations (2002-2004).


Current Research

International dimensions of the Venezuela Crisis; Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience; Twentieth First Century Populism in Latin America; U.S.-Latin American Relations; Grassroots Development; Democracy and Modern Authoritarianism; Conflict and Contestation in the 21st Century


He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. (cum laude) in history and political science from Bates College. He is currently based in Washington, D.C. @MikeCaracasWire

Classes Taught

Latin America’s Violent Peace: Conflict & Contestation in the Western Hemisphere; Latin American Politics: Problems and Promise; Populism & Regime Change in Latin America.