International politics, Latin America, Democratization and Polarization, Crisis Prevention and Conflict Resolution, Democracy Promotion and Collective Defense of Democracy, Election Processes and International Election Observation, Election Integrity
Jennifer McCoy is a Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and was the founding director of the Georgia State University Global Studies Institute. She also served as director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center. Specializing in international and comparative politics, McCoy's areas of expertise include democratization and polarization, crisis prevention and conflict resolution, democracy promotion and collective defense of democracy, and election processes and international election observation. She is currently researching the dilemmas of transitional justice in the Colombian peace process and is an internationally recognized expert on Venezuelan politics, having authored numerous articles and books as well as leading The Carter Center’s election-monitoring and mediation efforts there from 1998-2015. She has directed election observer missions to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Jamaica, and has also observed elections in Haiti, Suriname, Guyana, and Indonesia. She is a life-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations, member of the International Women’s Forum, and member of the Scholars Strategy Network (co-chair of the Atlanta Working Group).