Carol Wise

Associate Professor of International Relations

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2138
Office: VKC 330

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Sketch

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. She specializes in international political economy and development, with an emphasis on Latin America. She has written widely on trade integration, exchange rate crises, institutional reform, and the political economy of market restructuring in the region. Prof. Wise has worked and written most extensively on Argentina, Mexico, and Peru. She is currently completing a book entitled "China, Latin America, and the End of Neoliberalism." Prof. Wise is also co-editing two books: a collection of essays on "The Quick Rebound of Emerging Markets from the Global Financial Crisis" and a second collection on "The Political Economy of China-Latin America Relations," both of which will be published in 2013.


  • B.A. Sociology, University of California, 1974
  • M.P.A. , Columbia University, 1982
  • Ph.D. Political Science, Columbia University, 1991

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Wise is currently working on two major research projects, both of which draw from the literature on the political economy of growth and development. The first project---The Quick Rebound of Emerging Markets from the 2008-09 Global Financial Crisis---is a study of the transformational changes that have occurred within countries across the Pacific Rim (e.g. China, South Korea, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Mexico)over the past two decades. This project identifies and analyzes those economic, political, and institutional variables that best explain the fast recovery and higher growth exhibited by these emerging market countries since 2009. Professor Wise's second research project---China, Latin America, and the End of Neoliberalism---analyzes the rapid and remarkable ties that have developed between China and Latin America since the 1990s. This study approaches this phenomenon from three main angles: the relative rise of China in the global economy such that it has now replaced the U.S. as the most important trading partner for an increasing number of countries in Latin America; the decidedly more heterodox and flexible approach to economic policy management that increased relations with China has instilled in its main Latin American partners; and, the political implications of the growing presence of a "new" hegemon in the Western Hemiphere, one that has resisted the longstanding U.S. notion that liberal capitalist democracy is the only acceptable form of governance.
    Research Keywords
    International political economy, international development, trade integration, financial politics, Asia, China, Latin America, emerging markets, Pacific Rim
    Research Specialties
    International political economy; institutional reform; international development; Latin American politics and economics; Interdevelopment; China-Latin American relations

    Funded Research

    Contracts and Grants Awarded
    • The Security And Prosperity Partnership: Expanding The Boundaries (Canadian Consulate General), Wise, Carol, $10,143, 03/14/2008-04/30/2008  
    • CHINA MEXICO AND THE COMPETITION FOR U.S. MARKET SHARE: (Haynes Foundation), Carol Wise, $10,000, 03/01/2006-06/30/2007  
    • China Mexico And The Competition For U.S. Market Share: Los Angeles as a Commercial Hub (Haynes (John Randolph and Dora) Foundation), Wise, Carol, $11,500, 03/01/2006-06/30/2007  
    • SKILLS DISTRIBUTION AND THE NEW CONTINENTAL DIVIDE: THE MEXICAN (Department of Education), D.T. Manahan, Carol Wise, $47,285, 07/01/2004-12/31/2005  

    USC Funding
    • Facutly Research Award, USC US-China Institute. China and the Twilight of North American Integration: This project analyzes the huge change in China's economic relationship with North America. My hypothesis is that a North American strategy toward China would accomplish important US policy goals., $2,900, 2008-2009   
    • Future Fuels & Energy Initiative, USC Provost's Office. "Transitioning to a New Energy Fuel Paradigm: The : A study of the role that NGOs have played in upholding environmental standards on the part of the 6-company consortium that is developing natural gas in the Peruvian Amazon., $5,000, 2006-2007   
    • CIBER-DOE Project, Marshall School of Business. CHINA’S GROWING ECONOMIC PRESENCE IN NORTH AMERICA: : Funding to support the creation of a database that documents the the trade and investment competition related to China's entry into the North American market., $2,500, 2006-2007   


    • Wise, C., Studer, I. (2007). Requiem or Revival? The Promise of North American Integration. Brookings Institution Press.
    • Wise, C. (2003). Reinventing the State: Economic Strategy and Institutional Change in Peru. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
    • Wise, C., Roett, R. (2003). Post-Stabilization Politics in Latin America: Competition, Transition, Collapse. Brookings Institution Press.

    Book Chapter
    • Quiliconi, C., Wise, C. (2009). The US as a Bilateral Player: The Impetus for Asymmetric Free Trade Agreements. pp. 97-127. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.
    • Wise, C. (2008). The US Competitive Liberalization Strategy: Canada's Policy Options. pp. pp. 225-247. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press.
    • Wise, C. (2007). Energy Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere: Peru. Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    Journal Article
    • Wise, C. (2008). The North American Free Trade Agreement. New Political Economy. Vol. 14, pp. 135-149.
    • Wise, C., Quiliconi, C. (2007). China’s Surge in Latin American Markets: Policy Challenges and Responses. Politics and Policy. Vol. 35, pp. 410-438.
    • Wise, C., Pastor, M. (2005). The Lost Sexenio: Vicente Fox and the New Politics of Economic Reform in Mexico. Latin American Politics and Society. Vol. 44, pp. 135-160.
    • Wise, C., Cameron, M. (2004). The Political Impact of NAFTA on Mexico: Reflections on the Political Economy of Democratization. Canadian Journal of Political Science. Vol. 37, pp. 301-323.
    • Wise, C., Pastor, M. (2001). Argentina: From Poster Child to Basket Case. Foreign Affairs/Council on Foreign Relations. Vol. 80, pp. 60-72.
    • Wise, C. (1999). Latin American Trade Strategy at Century's End. Business and Politics. Vol. 1, pp. 2-46.
    • Wise, C., Pastor, M. (1999). Stabilization and Its Discontents: Argentina's Economic Restructuring in the 1990's. World Development. Vol. 27, pp. 477-503.
    • Wise, C., Brysk, A. (1997). Liberalization and Ethnic Conflict in Latin America. Comparative International Development. Vol. 32, pp. 76-104.
    • Wise, C., Pastor, M. (1997). State Policy, Distribution, and Neoliberal Reform in Mexico. Journal of Latin American Studies. Vol. 29, pp. 419-456.
    • Wise, C., Pastor, M. (1994). The Origins and Sustainability of Mexico's Free Trade Policy. International Organization. Vol. 48, pp. 459-489.
    • Wise, C. (1994). The Politics of Peruvian Economic Reform. Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs. Vol. 36, pp. 75-125.
    • Wise, C., Pastor, M. (1992). Peruvian Economic Policy in the 1980s: From Orthodoxy to Heterodoxy and Back. Latin American Research Review. Vol. 27, pp. 83-117.
    • Wise, C., Wilson, P. (1986). The Regional Implications of Public Investment in Peru. Latin American Research Review. Vol. 21, pp. 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  

    Service to the Profession

    Conferences Organized
    • Organizer, Post-NAFTA Security Concerns, University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico, A daylong event that identified the environment, immigration, and energy as the new security issue in the post-NAFTA era, 2006-2007   

    Professional Offices
    • Executive Board Member, Association of Canadian Studies in the U.S., 2007-2008   

    Professional Memberships
    • Council on Foreign Relations, 09/2002-  
    • Pacific Council for International Policy, 09/2002-  
    • Association of Canadian Studies in the U.S., 09/2000-  
    • International Studies Association, 06/1996-  
    • Latin American Studies Association, 01/1985-  

    Media, Alumni, and Community Relations
    • Fox News interview about the languishing US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, 2008-2009   
    • PBS-Worldfocus interview about the escalation of drug-related violence in Northern Mexico, 2008-2009   
    • Regular Spanish Language Commentator on Latin American Economic News, NBC/Telemundo, 2008-2009   
    • Washington Post interview on the currency turmoil in Latin American markets, 2008-2009   

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