Carol Wise

Expert in Latin America’s political economy and regional integration


Political Science and International Relations

USC Dornsife College, School of International Relations


  • U.S.-Latin American relations, specifically Argentina, Mexico and Peru
  • the economic development of Latin America
  • the political economy of emerging markets
  • exchange rate crises (especially in Mexico and Argentina)
  • trade integration (NAFTA and FTAA)

Additional Information

Professor Carol Wise, Political Science and International Relations, University of Southern California (USC), has written widely on trade integration, exchange rate crises, institutional reform, and the political economy of market restructuring in the Latin America region. Wise is author of the book, Dragonomics: How Latin America is Maximizing (or Missing Out) on China’s International Development Strategy (Yale University Press, 2020), which analyzes the rapid economic ties that have developed between China and Latin America since the 1990s. Professor Wise’s recent publications include: “Conceptualizing China-Latin America Relations in the 21st Century: The Boom, the Bust, & the Aftermath” (with Victoria Chonn Ching), The Pacific Review (2017); “Playing both Sides of the Pacific: Latin America’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with China,” Pacific Affairs (2016); The Political Economy of China-Latin American Relations in the New Millennium (co-edited with Margaret Myers, Routledge, 2016); and “Good-bye Financial Crash, Hello Financial Eclecticism: Latin American Responses to the 2008-09 Global Financial Crisis” (co-authored with Manuel Pastor), Journal of International Money and Finance (2015). Professor Wise held the spring 2019 Fulbright-Masaryk University Distinguished Chair Grant, Czech Republic, and her latest research project compares the political economy of development in Latin America and Central/Eastern Europe.

  • 2012 Lasa-Mellon Research Grant, “Global Hierarchy and Financial Statecraft: Rebalancing in Favor of Latin America and Asia?”
  • 2011 Senior Fulbright Specialist, Lima, Peru. Research on the Peru-China Free Trade Agreement.
  • 2011 ISA Venture Workshop Grant, “The Quick Rebound of Emerging Markets from the Global Financial Crisis.”
  • Spring 2009, Visiting Scholar, Center for US-Mexico Studies, University of California, San Diego


  • English
  • Spanish

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