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George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Department of Global Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise:

Politics

international

Contact:

gjc43@drexel.edu

215.895.1017

Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, is an expert and frequent media commentator on social movements, particularly in Latin America. His most recent book, We Created Chávez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution (Duke University Press, 2013), examines social movements and revolutionary groups active before and during the era of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Ciccariello-Maher also teaches, researches and writes about race, racism, prisons and policing in the U.S. and internationally, including how race is associated with suspicion and guilt. He has been a media commentator for such outlets as The New York Times, Al Jazeera, CNN Español, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor, and his opinion pieces have run in the New York Times’ “Room for Debate,” The Nation, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Fox News Latino. He previously taught political theory at U.C. Berkeley, San Quentin State Prison and the Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas.

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In the News

  • Venezuela Went From a Rich Democracy to a Dictatorship on the Brink of Collapse

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Sept. 19 Vox story about the Venezuelan government's response to the economic crisis and how it is reshaping the nation.

  • Why Democracy Itself is on the Ballot in Venezuela

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in July 28 Vox article in regards to the upcoming election in Venezuela.

  • The Heat: Venezuela's Economic Crisis

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured in a Dec. 20 panel on CCTV-America regarding Venezuela’s economic crisis.

  • Venezuela Slowed by Strike in Campaign to Oust President Nicolás Maduro

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an Oct. 28 New York Times story regarding the political unrest in Venezuela and opposition strikes to campaign for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

  • Behind Philando Castile Video, a Deep Yearning for Justice

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a July 7 Christian Monitor story about the killings of two African American men this week and the live-streamed videos that followed.

  • Panel: The Situation in Venezuela

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was part of a panel interview on a May 31 Al Jazeera segment discussing the current political crisis in Venezuela.

  • Why Venezuelan President Maduro Should Stay

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed for a May 17 PRI/WNYC story on political issues in Venezuela and why the current president, Nicolas Maduro, should remain in power despite a recall referendum.

  • The Heat: Venezuela's Opposition Victory

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on CCTV on Dec. 9 about Venezuela's opposition defeating the ruling Socialist party. 

  • Parliamentary Election in Venezuela

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KCBS-AM (San Francisco) on Dec. 8 about the parliamentary election in Venezuela.

  • Venezuela opposition win to shift 17 years of Chavista rule

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on CCTV on Dec. 7 about the parliamentary elections in Venezuela.

  • Venezuelan Election Will Be Close, But Clean

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, wrote an opinion piece for the Huffington Post on Dec. 4 about the parliamentary election in Venezuela on Sunday.

  • CCP Adjunct Professor, Black Lives Matter Activist Suspended After Speaking at Rally

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, was quoted in a WHYY/Newsworks.org story on Oct. 14 about Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey’s impact. He also was quoted in a PhillyMag.com article on Oct. 14 about a Community College of Philadelphia adjunct professor who was suspended after participating in a rally protesting the presence of a Philadelphia Police Department recruiter on campus.

  • Just What is the 'Ferguson effect'? It Depends on How You View Police.

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a June 12 Christian Science Monitor story about the “Ferguson effect.”

  • Baltimore Riots Point to a Flip Side of America's Urban Renaissance

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story on April 29 about riots in Baltimore.

  • Newsworks Tonight, April 8, 2015

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on WHYY/Newsworks.org about Philadelphia's “stop-and-frisk” policy on April 8. 

  • Will Philly Police Pass the Protest Test?

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Philadelphia Daily News article on April 7 about protesting in Philadelphia.

  • E.U. Tension in Venezuela

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on CNN en Espanol about Venezuela on March 13.

  • U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Venezuela

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on MSNBC’s “Jansing and Co.” on March 10 about the United States’ sanctions against Venezuela.

  • Venezuela's Unpopular President Just Threw a Mayor in Jail

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an article in the New Republic on Feb. 20 about the president of Venezuela having the mayor of Caracas arrested for alleged involvement in a plot to overthrow the country’s government.

  • Social Media Coup? The Vile Virality of Venezuela’s Opposition

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a TeleSurTV.net article on Feb. 11 about the Venezuelan opposition movement’s use of social media.

  • Problems With the Structures of Venezuela's Economy

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on Al Jazeera America on Feb. 7 about Venezuela’s economy.

  • Venezuela’s Economic Collapse

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on Al Jazeera’s “The Stream” on Jan. 27 about Venezuela’s economy. 

  • Why George Zimmerman Was Arrested in Florida – Again

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on Jan. 10 about George Zimmerman’s most recent arrest.

  • Latin America elections: Is the ‘Pink Tide’ washing away?

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Toronto Star article on Oct. 6 about socialism in Latin America. He also was quoted in a TeleSur article on Oct. 7 about the new deputy in the Venezuelan National Assembly.

  • New audio in Michael Brown case: How important in whirl of narratives?

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story on August 26 about new audio of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The story was picked up by Yahoo! News.

  • The Latin American response to Gaza

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on CNN en Español on Aug. 8 about the Latin American response to the situation in Gaza.

  • Up Front

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KPFA 94.1 (Berkeley) on May 29 about ongoing tensions in Venezuela.

  • No Quick Fix for Venezuela

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted about the elections in Venezuela on CCTV America’s “The Heat” on May 23 and Vice on May 26.

  • Leila Yavari

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in the June 2014 issue of Elle Magazine story about a former political science colleague.

  • Are Race and Class at the Root of Venezuela’s Political Crisis?

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted by BBC Mundo on April 5 in a story about the role of USAID in covert operations in Venezuela. He was also quoted by Voice of America on April 6 in a story about the role of race and class in the political crisis in Venezuela.

  • Global Politics A prominent Venezuelan opposition leader has vowed to challenge her ouster from the National Assembly

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on Public Radio International’s “The World” on April 1 about Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado.

  • The Vatican's Offer

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KCBS-AM (San Francisco) on March 28 about the Vatican’s offer to mediate in Venezuela.

  • Venezuela: trouble in a socialist paradise

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on Australian radio’s “Rear Vision” about the ongoing protests in Venezuela.

  • Venezuela’s unending tale of murder and sorrow

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted throughout a Toronto Star article on March 23 about violence in Venezuela.

  • Anti-Government Protests Escalate in Venezuela

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KQED’s “Forum with Michael Krasny” on March 20 about the ongoing protests in Venezuela.

  • Letter to John Kerry on Venezuela

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was among the dozen experts on Latin America and the media who signed a letter, which was posted on Al Jazeera America on March 14, asking Secretary of State John Kerry to respect the legitimacy of the Maduro government in Venezuela.

  • Venezuela in Turmoil

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on BBC Radio on March 4 and Al Jazeera America on March 5 about the ongoing protests in Venezuela and the anniversary of the death of Hugo Chavez. He was also quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on this topic on March 5.

  • Behind the Headlines: Venezuela's Crisis

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a National Geographic story on March 3 about the history behind the crisis in Venezuela. He was also quoted in a March 1 VICE post about the United States funding the Venezuelan opposition movement.

  • Reconciliation Begins With Recognition

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times on Feb. 27 about how to achieve reconciliation in Venezuela.

  • Can Venezuela's 'Chavismo' Survive without Chavez?

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on Public Radio International’s “To the Point” on Feb. 25 about the ongoing protests in Venezuela.

  • What's Next for Strife-Torn Venezuela?

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an NBCNews.com article on Feb. 24 about the ongoing protests in Venezuela. He was also quoted in Latina magazine.

  • Can Venezuela's socialist government survive wave of protests?

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in stories in the Wall Street Journal and on CNN.com on Feb. 21 about continuing protests in Venezuela. He also wrote an opinion piece for The Nation on Feb. 22.

  • Venezuelan Protests: Another Attempt by U.S.-Backed Right-Wing Groups to Oust Elected Government?

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on Democracy Now on Feb. 20 about the continuing protests in Venezuela.

  • Protests in Venezuela

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on Al Jazeera English on Feb. 20 about the anti-government protests in Venezuela.

  • Venezuela: These Are Middle Class Protests, And The Poor Aren't Joining

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on Al Jazeera America’s “America Tonight,” Huffington Post Live, CCTV and CNN Latino on Feb. 18 about the anti-government protests in Venezuela. He was also quoted in a Feb. 19 AlJazeera.com article.

  • Opposition Protesters in Venezuela

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on Al Jazeera English’s “The Stream” on Feb. 17 about anti-government protests in Venezuela.

  • Venezuela Unrest

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on Al Jazeera America on Feb. 15 about anti-government protests in Venezuela. He was also quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about the verdict in the Michael Dunn murder trial

  • Protests in Venezuela

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on CNN Español on Feb. 14 about protests in Venezuela.

  • Michael Dunn murder trial: Online, a more 'thug'-oriented defense

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on Feb. 12 about the Michael Dunn murder trial.

  • Column: Manning, Sherman both worth celebrating

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an Associated Press story on Jan. 24 about the racial overtones of comparisons between NFL players Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman. The story was picked up by The Washington Post, US News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other outlets.

  • Venezuela Elections

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on Al Jazeera America on Dec. 7 about the municipal election in Venezuela. He was also quoted in stories on this topic in USA Today and The Telegraph (UK).

  • Is Venezuela in crisis?

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an Al Jazeera English opinion piece on Dec. 2 about whether or not Venezuela is facing a crisis situation.

  • President Maduro

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on CNN en Espanol on Nov. 25 about Venezuela’s President Maduro being enabled to rule by decree for a year.

  • George Zimmerman: latest arrest and a troubling post-verdict saga

    George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on Nov. 19 about George Zimmerman’s recent arrest.

  • LATIN AMERICA’S LEFT: BETWEEN DEMOS AND KRATOS

    A book by Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, entitled We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution was reviewed by Public Books on October 15.

  • Two malls tell a tale of Venezuelan capital flight

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in the Miami Herald on September 18 about expropriations in Venezuela.

  • The Venezuelan Revolution

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on September 14 on Radio America’s “For Your Ears Only” about his new book on the Venezuelan revolution.

  • Western Pennsylvanians recall their route to the March on Washington

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Pittsburgh Tribune article on August 25 about the March on Washington.

  • Academics discuss march’s impact

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Bill Rosenberg, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Donald Tibbs, an associate professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, and Dr. Kevin Woodson, an assistant professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, were quoted in a Philadelphia Tribune story on August 23 about the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

  • March on Washington

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on Sirius XM radio POTUS Channel 124 on August 19 about the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

  • ‘We Created Chavez’: an interview wit’ author George Ciccariello-Maher

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed in an August 2 San Francisco Bay View article about his book “We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution.”

  • Venezuela: Navigating life after Chávez

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about the future of Venezuela on March 27. The story also ran in the April hard copy edition of the magazine. The story was also picked up by Yahoo! News on March 27.

  • The Legacy of Hugo Chavez

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KFPA 94.1-FM (Berkeley) about the legacy of Hugo Chavez and the future of Venezuela.

  • Venezuelans WonderWho Would Replace Chavez

    George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in The Washington Post in a story about Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez.

  • Weekend Violence in Oakland: Is Occupy Movement Back, or Broken?

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor regarding the Occupy Oakland movement.

  • Occupy Protests Put Spotlight on Police Tactics

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a variety of stories on Occupy protests, including the Los Angeles Times, The Oakland Tribune and The San Jose Mercury News.

  • Occupy Wall Street: Time to Become More Overtly Political?

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story on Occupy Wall Street.

  • Leaderless, Occupy Philadelphia Presents Communication Challenges for City

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on WHYY radio (91-FM)  about the Occupy Philadelphia movement. A story was also posted on Newsworks.org.

  • City Officials Concerned Over Occupy Factions

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story on Occupy Philly.

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