Javier Corrales is the Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science at Amherst College. His research focuses on democratization, presidential powers, democratic backsliding, ruling parties, the incumbent’s advantage, foreign policies, and sexuality. He has published extensively on Venezuela, Cuba, and Argentina.

His books include Dragon in the Tropics: Venezuela and the Legacy of Hugo Chávez, co-authored with Michael Penfold (Brookings Institution Press, 2015); US-Venezuela Relations Since the 1990s: Coping with Midlevel Security Threats, co-authored with Carlos A. Romero (Routledge, 2013); and Presidents Without Parties: the Politics of Economic Reform in Argentina and Venezuela in the 1990s (Penn State University Press, 2002).

Corrales was a Fulbright Scholar in Caracas and Bogotá, and has been a consultant for groups including the World Bank and the United Nations. He earned his PhD from Harvard University.