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Michele Wucker


Expertise: Argentina; Citizenship; Competitiveness; Dominican Republic; Economic Development; Economic Impact of Immigration Policy; European Immigration Policy; Global Economy; Haiti; Immigration; Civic Participation; Immigration and National Security; International Debt and Capital Markets; Noncitizen Voting Rights; Peacebuilding; Migrant Worker Remittances; Globalization, Overseas Voting Rights; Latin American Economies, Politics, and Culture; Transnational Civil Society

Experience: Michele Wucker, President of the World Policy Institute, is the author of LOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right (Public Affairs 2006/paperback 2007; a Washington Post Book World "Best Nonfiction of 2006" Selection) and Why The Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle For Hispaniola (FSG/Hill & Wang, 1999). She received a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on changing global views of citizenship. She is a 2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of the 2009-10 American Council on Germany Young Leaders Study Group on the Future of Europe. She was a 2008 Progressive Womens Voices honoree of the Womens Media Center.

Ms. Wucker lectures frequently about immigration, cross-cultural conflict and conciliation, the global economy, and Latin American politics.

Formerly Latin America bureau chief for International Financing Review, she has written for many U.S. and Latin American publications including The American Prospect, America Economia, The Guardian, Newsday, The New York Times, Texas Observer, Valor Economico, Tikkun, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and World Policy Journal. Ms. Wucker has been a frequent source for major U.S. and international media including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Reuters, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Public Radio International and many others. She is a graduate of Rice University and of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

She is a member of the Authors Guild, Council on Foreign Relations, and PEN, and an honorary fellow of the Foreign Policy Association.

She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of International Affairs at Columbia University.

MA, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
BA, Rice University (French and policy studies)

Spanish (fluent)
French, Portuguese, Haitian Kreyol (conversation)
German (reading and basic conversation)


Twitter: @wucker



Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right, Public Affairs, 2006/2007

 "A forcefully argued and informative book...both correct and important."
-Washington Post Book World A Book World “Best Nonfiction of 2006” Selection


Why the Cocks Fight:  Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle for Hispaniola, Hill and Wang, 1999/2000

"A marvelous immersion experience in the clash and conciliation of cultures on a small, embattled island next door.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)  

“Richly textured… A powerful cultural analysis.”
-Kirkus Reviews


Ms. Wucker also authored a chapter in:

Getting Immigration Right: What Every American Needs to Know, Potomac Books, 2009

"[Anyone] interested in Mexican immigration to this country will find this an outstanding collection of essays considering past and future policies."
-The Midwest Book Review, November 2009

"Coates and Siavelis have brought together a collection of intelligent and provocative essays from many of the top experts on Mexico-U.S. immigration. For an issue that tends to generate more heat than light, this book shines brightly. It is a must-read for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the immigration debate regarding Mexican migration to the United States. Collectively, the essays point to the urgent need to modernize our policies in a way that moves beyond simplistic slogans to confronting complex realities."
-Frank Sharry, Executive Director, America's Voice


Ms. Wucker on CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange" February 10, 2012 discussing Europe's sovereign debt crisis.

Ms. Wucker on CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange" August 30, 2010 discussing structural imbalances in the US economy and the need for smart stimulus

Ms. Wucker on Rachel Maddow January 15, 2010 dicussing the Dominican Republic's role in giving aid to Haiti.


Closing the Gender Gap in Silicon Valley - and Everywhere. Forum: Blog, August 6, 2012

Chronicle of a Debt ForetoldNew America Foundation, May 2, 2011

2007 Seville Atlantic Conference Report "Migration and Migrant Integration in the Atlantic Region". Chicago Council on Global Affairs, October 2007.

A Safe Haven in New Haven. The New York Times. April 15, 2007. 

Borderline Pandering. April 11, 2007

Family Second. The New York Times. February 28, 2007

Fixing the Border (Without A Wall). World Policy Journal. Winter 2006-07

Political Power in the Perpetual Migration Machine. World Policy Journal, Fall 2004.

Remittances: the Perpetual Migration Machine. World Policy Journal, Summer 2004.

Haiti Is Not Alone in this Crisis. Washington Post Outlook, March 7, 2004.

Civics Lessons from Immigrants. The American Prospect, July 2003.

Searching for Argentina's Silver Lining. The lessons of Argentina's financial collapse. World Policy Journal, Winter 2002/2003.

Passing the Buck: No Chapter 11 for Bankrupt Nations. World Policy Journal, Summer 2001

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