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John J Bailey


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


Department of Government
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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 articles and book chapters on a variety of policy issues in Mexican politics, including agriculture, public budgeting, decentralization, education, electoral reform, government-business relations and social security. During 1980-90 he directed the Mexico Seminar at the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute. Most recently he has concentrated on issues of national and public security in the bilateral relationship and in the Western Hemisphere more broadly. He is currently completing a book about "security traps" and democratic governance. Prof. Bailey has chaired the Government Department (1987-90) and directed the Latin American Studies Program (1972-74; 1994-96). He received an "Honored Faculty" award from the School of Foreign Service in 2002 for excellence in teaching. 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,