John J Bailey


Emeritus Professor
Department of Government and School of Foreign Service Director, Mexico Project


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John Bailey has taught at Georgetown University since 1970. Following study and fieldwork in Peru and Colombia, his research since the late 1970s focused largely on Mexico. His sabbatical leaves in Mexico include the Instituto Nacional de Administracion Publica (1979), El Colegio de Mexico (1985), and the Universidad de Nuevo Leon (Monterrey; 1991). He has published books and articles on a variety of policy issues in Mexican politics, including agriculture, public budgeting, decentralization, education, electoral reform, government-business relations and social security. Most recently he has concentrated on issues of national and citizen security in the bilateral relationship and in the Western Hemisphere more broadly. His most recent book is The Politics of Crime in Mexico: Democratic Governance in a Security Trap (2014). Prof. Bailey has chaired the Government Department (1987-90) and directed the Latin American Studies Program (1972-74; 1994-96). During 1980-90 he directed the Mexico Seminar at the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute. He received an "Honored Faculty" award from the School of Foreign Service in 2002 for excellence in teaching. He retired from the ordinary faculty in 2013 but remains active as an emeritus professor in the Latin American Studies Program. He is an avid, if mediocre, tennis player, specializing in mature men's doubles in recent years.


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  • Ph.D. (1972) University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science
  • M.A. (1968) University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ibero-American Studies
  • M.A. (1968) University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science
  • A.B. (1966) Indiana University,