Michael M. McCarthy


Areas of Expertise

Latin American politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, U.S. foreign policy, democratization, populism, political parties, elections, civil society, and issues of media balance and bias.

Michael M. McCarthy is a U.S. scholar-practitioner with over a decade 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, a strategic advisory firm that delivers exhaustive 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), and Research Associate-Council on Foreign Relations (2002-2004).


Current Research

International dimensions of the Venezuela Crisis; Twentieth 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 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 American Politics: Problems and Promise; Latin American Populism in Global Context