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Professor Carol Wise

Wise, Carol

Contact Information
Professor of Political Science and International Relations
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Office: VKC 330
Phone: (213) 740-2138

Professor Wise joined the School of International Relations at USC in 2002 after spending eight years on the Faculty at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.  is professor of political science and international relations at USC. Her research focuses on international political economy and development, with an emphasis on Latin America and Pacific Asia. She has written widely on trade integration, exchange rate crises, institutional reform, and the political economy of market restructuring in the region. Her most recent book is Dragonomics: How Latin America Is Maximizing (or Missing Out on China's International Development Strategy (2020). Among her earlier works is The Political Economy of China-Latin America Relations in the New Millennium: Brave New World (2016, co-editor) and Unexpected Outcomes: How Emerging Economies Survived the Global Financial Crisis (2015, co-editor).


  • Ph.D., Columbia University, Political Science
  • M.A., Columbia University, Philosophy, Political Science
  • M.A., Columbia University, Public Administration
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Sociology

Selected Publications:

  • Dragonomics: How Latin America Is Maximizing (or Missing Out on China's International Development Strategy. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2020.
    Book talk: USCI | YouTube


  • Requiem or Revival? The Promise of North American Integration, co-edited with Isabel Studer.  Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2007.
  • “China’s Surge in Latin American Markets: Policy Challenges and Responses” (with Cintia Quiliconi). Politics and Policy 1 (2007): 410-438. “The Lost Sexenio: Vicente Fox and the New Politics of Economic Reform in Mexico” (with Manuel Pastor).  Latin American Politics and Society 4 (2005): 135-160.
  • "The Political Impact of NAFTA on Mexico: Reflections on the Political Economy of Democratization" (with Max Cameron). Canadian Journal of Political Science (2004).
  • Reinventing the State: Economic Strategy and Institutional Change in Peru. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003. (Spanish edition published in 2003 by the Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, Peru).
  • Post-Stabilization Politics in Latin America: Competition, Transition, Collapse, co-edited with Riordan Roett. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 2003. (Spanish edition published in 2004 by Nuevo Hacer Press, Buenos Aires).
  • Exchange Rate Politics in Latin America, co-edited with Riordan Roett. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 2000. (Spanish edition published in 2001 by Nuevo Hacer Press, Buenos Aires; Portuguese edition published as a special issue of the Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Spring 2001).
  • "Argentina: From Poster Child to Basket Case" (with Manuel Pastor). Foreign Affairs (November-December 2001): 60-72.
  • "Latin American Trade Strategy at Century's End." Business and Politics 2 (1999): 2-46.
  • "The Politics of Second Generation Reform" (with Manuel Pastor). Journal of Democracy 10 (1999): 34-48.
  • "Stabilization and Its Discontents: Argentina's Economic Restructuring in the 1990's" (with Manuel Pastor). World Development 3 (1999): 477-503.
  • The Post-NAFTA Political Economy: Mexico and the Western Hemisphere, edited by Carol Wise. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998
  • "Liberalization and Ethnic Conflict in Latin America" (with Alison Brysk). Studies in Comparative International Development 2 (1997): 76-104.
  • "State Policy, Distribution, and Neoliberal Reform in Mexico" (with Manuel Pastor). Journal of Latin American Studies 2 (1997): 419-456.
  • "The Origins and Sustainability of Mexico's Free Trade Policy" (with Manuel Pastor). International Organization 3 (1994): 459-489.
  • "The Politics of Peruvian Economic Reform: Overcoming the Legacies of State-led Development." Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs 1 (1994): 75-125.
  • "Peruvian Economic Policy in the 1980's: From Orthodoxy to Heterodoxy and Back (with Manuel Pastor). Latin American Research Review 2 (1992): 83-117.
  • "The Regional Implications of Public Investment in Peru" (with Patricia A. Wilson). Latin American Research Review 2 (1986): 93-116.

Honors and Awards:

  • Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, USC Faculty Award to support completion of a book manuscript on "China, Latin America, and the End of Neoliberalism.", 2010-2011  
  • Center for International Business Education Research (CIBER)-U.S. Department of Education Award, USC Marshall School of Business, for the promotion of scholarship on China-US-Latin American economic relations, 2006-2010 
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for US-Mexico Studies, U.C. San Diego, Spring 2009  
  • USC U.S. China Institute Summer Travel Grant, 2007-2008  
  • Faculty Fellowship Research Grant, Earhart Foundation (Ann Arbor, Michigan), “China’s Growing Economic Presence in North America: Risks, Opportunities, & Strategic Options.”, 2006-2007 
  • Faculty Fellowship, John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation of Los Angeles, “China, Mexico, & Competition for the U.S. Market: Los Angeles as a Commercial Hub.”, 2006-2007 
  • Future Fuels & Energy Initiative, USC Provost’s Office, “Transitioning to a New Energy Fuel Paradigm: The Development, Adaptation, and Export of Natural Gas from the Andean Region.”, 2006-2007 
  • Fulbright Award, Senior Fulbright Specialist, Beirut, Lebanon. Six weeks of collaboration with the College of Letters and Arts at Lebanon American University, toward the goal of introducing a teaching and research module on Latin American Studies., 2006 
  • Public Policy Scholar, North American Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC., 2006 
  • USC Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Award, James H. Zumberge USC Faculty Research & Innovation Fund Award., 2004-2006 
  • Fulbright Award, Carleton University Fulbright Chair in North American Studies, Ottawa, Canada., 2005 
  • Fulbright Award, Garcia-Robles Senior Fulbright Faculty Award, Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico., 2005 
  • Fulbright Award, 2004-2005 
  • Faculty Enrichment Grant, Canadian Embassy of Washington, DC, 1999-2002 
  • Rockefeller Fellowship Recipient, Bellagio Center Fellow-in-Residence, Rockefeller Foundation, 2001 
  • Rockefeller Fellowship Recipient, Rockefeller Foundation Faculty Fellow, University of Cape Town, Centre for African Studies, South Africa, 1999 
  • Fellowship for Studies in International Economic Conflict, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, 1996-1998 
  • Fulbright Award, American Area Republics Program, 1996 
  • Residency at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Guest Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, 1994 
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in Peace and International Cooperation, 1992-1993