International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council Member

Javier Corrales

Amherst College

Javier Corrales is professor of political science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He is the co-author (with Michael Penfold) of Dragon in the Tropics: Venezuela and the Legacy Hugo Chávez, now in its second edition (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), and (with Carlos A. Romero) of U.S.-Venezuela Relations since the 1990s: Coping with Midlevel Security Threats (Routledge, 2013). He is also the co-editor (with Mario Pecheny) of The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America: A Reader on LGBT Rights (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), and author of Presidents without Parties: the Politics of Economic Reform in Argentina and Venezuela in the 1990s (Penn State University Press, 2002). His research has been published in academic journals such as Comparative Politics, World Development, Political Science Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, World Policy Journal, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Democracy, Latin American Research Review, Studies in Comparative International Studies, Current History, and Foreign Policy. He is also working on a book manuscript on constitutional reforms in Latin America.

Forum Events

“The Authoritarian Resurgence: China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela,” International Forum for Democratic Studies (Apr. 23, 2015)

“Latin America’s Changing Political Landscape,” International Forum for Democratic Studies (Feb. 2, 2011)

Forum Publications

“The Authoritarian Resurgence: Autocratic Legalism in Venezuela,” Journal of Democracy (Apr. 2015)

“Manipulating Term Limits in Latin America,” coauthored with Michael Penfold, Journal of Democracy (Oct. 2014)

VIDEO: “Democracy Ideas: Authoritarianism in Venezuela,” International Forum for Democratic Studies (Feb. 24, 2014)

“Latin America: A Setback for Chavez,” Journal of Democracy (Jan. 2011)

“Venezuela: Crowding Out the Opposition,” Journal of Democracy (Apr. 2007)