Michele Wucker

Michele Wucker

Fellow: Awarded 2007
Field of Study: General Nonfiction

Competition: US & Canada

Michele Wucker is executive director of the World Policy Institute, a progressive think tank based in New York City. The author of Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right (Public Affairs Press, 2—6-07) and of Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispanola (FSG/Hill & Wang, 1999-2000). During her Guggenheim Fellowship term, she wrote about the changing rules of citizenship around the globe.

Ms. Wucker frequently lectures at leading universities and policy forums on the subjects of global immigration and migrant integration, cross-cultural conflict and conciliation, and Latin American politics and economics. She is an oft-tapped source for leading U.S. and International media, such as ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC Today Show, Fox News, Bloomberg Radio and Television, NPR, Public Radio International, the New York Times, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Cox Newspapers, and Reuters.

She has written for many U.S. and international publications, including The American Prospect, AméricaEconomía, Forbes, The Guardian, Harper’s, Internationale Politik, Newsday, New York Times, opendemocracy.net, Tikkun, Valor Economico, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Worth, World Policy Journal, and the Dow Jones newswires.

Formerly Latin America bureau chief at International Financing Review, Ms. Wucker also was a staff reporter at Dow Jones Emerging Markets Report, where she wrote about developing-country capital markets, and for the Milwaukee Sentinel, where she covered immigration, community government, and police news.

Ms. Wucker is an adviser to Batey Relief Alliance, which specializes in providing medical care to migrant workers in the Dominican Republic, and to the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project.

Ms. Wucker hold a degree in French and policy studies from Rice University in Houston, and a master’s degree in international affairs and a certificate in Latin American studies from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


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