Michael McCarthy

Research Fellow, American University

Michael McCarthy is a Research Fellow at American University’s CLALS, Adjunct Professor at George Washington University's Elliot School for International Affairs, and the Founder and CEO of Caracas Wire—a boutique consultancy offering research services on Venezuela and geo-politics in Latin America.

He is a recognized expert in Latin American politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, democratization, populism, civil society, and issues of media balance and bias. Previously, he was Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and as a practitioner consulted as a Senior Analyst for the Carter Center's Venezuela Presidential Election Study Missions (2012-2013) and worked as a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations.

He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in history and political science from Bates College. @MikeCaracasWire


  • –present
    Research Fellow, American University


  • 2016 
    Johns Hopkins University, Political Science, Baltimore, MD, PhD