Jennifer McCoy named founding director of Global Studies Institute

The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to announce the appointment of Jennifer McCoy as the inaugural director of the new Global Studies Institute. McCoy is a distinguished university professor of political science at Georgia State University, and has been the director of the Americas program at the Carter Center for the past 16 years.

“Jennifer McCoy has an impressive record of international research and on-the-ground experience,” said Dean William Long, “not to mention a strong commitment to Georgia State students and their education. She’s a tremendous asset to the Global Studies Institute and to the whole university.”

The Global Studies Institute will be a center for interdisciplinary research and teaching on pressing global issues. The institute will initially focus on violent conflict and post-conflict reconciliation and peace-building; divided democracies and human rights; and challenges for global cities. The new institute has just hired its first four core faculty members, who will start in August.

Jennifer McCoy

Jennifer McCoy

“I am very excited to work with Dean Long and Associate Director Tony Lemieux to launch the GSI,” McCoy said. “We want to equip our students to navigate the complex demands of the global workplace and facilitate collaborative research teams to address the challenges of the twenty-first century. The Institute’s programming will bring the world to campus and to the Atlanta community.”

McCoy, an expert in Latin American politics, specializes in democratization, mediation and conflict prevention, and elections. Her most recent book (co-authored with Francisco Diez) is International Mediation in Venezuela, and her current research projects include work on the Colombian peace process and on the changing norms of international electoral monitoring. She has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, USAID, and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.

McCoy has directed multiple election observation missions for the Carter Center. She has also headed Carter Center projects on mediating political conflicts, strengthening democratic governance, and reconciliation and dialogue in divided societies. She is also a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Women’s Forum, and is Atlanta co-chair for the Harvard-based Scholars Strategy Network.

McCoy has been serving as interim director of the institute since January.