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Jennie K. Lincoln, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor, Latin America and Caribbean Focus


Jennie Lincoln

Jennie K. Lincoln has been the Carter Center’s principal advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean since 2015. She teaches Latin American politics and U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She has been a credentialed international observer in 23 elections in Latin America, including five with President Carter (Panama, 1989; Nicaragua, 1990, 1996, and 2006; and Guyana, 2015); and two with the Organization of American States (Ecuador, 2013, and Bolivia, 2014).

Lincoln was the associate director of the Latin American and Caribbean Program at The Carter Center (1989-1991) before going to teach at Georgia Tech. A highlight of her return to The Carter Center was engagement with the Colombian peace process. The Carter Center was included by name in the Peace Accord for tasks including monitoring Punto Dos (Chapter 2) on Political Participation; formulating the Special Electoral Mission (MEE); and the separation of FARC child soldiers from the conflict. Most recently, she led the Carter Center’s international electoral expert mission (IEEM) to Venezuela (November 2021), led the Center’s IEEM to Colombia for the presidential elections (May-June 2022), and participated in the Center’s IEEM for Brazil’s elections (October 2022).

Lincoln has a distinguished record of consulting for the U.S. government, nongovernmental organizations, the Organization of American States, the United Nations, and private-sector companies. She received her doctorate in political science from The Ohio State University and taught previously at Miami University (Ohio). Lincoln was a Fulbright professor in Costa Rica from 1984 to 1986.   

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