George Grayson

Professor Emeritus

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Research Interests

Comparative Politics (Latin America)


George W. Grayson is the Class of 1938 Professor of Government Emeritus at the College of William & Mary, and has made more than 200 research trips to Latin America.  In addition, he is a senior associate at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a board member at the Center for Immigration Studies, and a life member of the NAACP.

Dr. Grayson lectures regularly at the U.S. Department of State, the National Defense University, U.S. intelligence agencies, and at universities in the United States and Mexico.  He has served as an official observer at six Mexican presidential and gubernatorial elections, belongs to Phi Beta Kappa, and has authored numerous books and articles, including The Cartels: The Story of Mexico’s Most Dangerous Criminal Organization and Their Impact on U.S. Security (Praeger, 2014); and The Impact of President Felipe Calderón’s War on Drugs on the Armed Forces: The Prospects for Mexico’s ‘Militarization’ and Bilateral Relations (Institute of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College Press, 2013.

Other publication include: The Executioner’s Men: Inside Los Zetas, Rouge Soldiers, Criminal Entrepreneurs, and the Shadow State They Created (co-authored, Transaction Publishers, 2012); Threat Posed by Mounting Vigilantism in Mexico(Institute of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College Press, 2011); La Familia Drug Cartel: Implications for U.S.-Mexican Security (Institute of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College Press, 2010);Mexico: Narco-Violence and a Failed State (Transaction Publishers, 2009); and Mexico’s Struggle with Drugs and Thugs (Foreign Policy Association, 2009).

He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (BA); The Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (M.A.; Ph.D.); and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law (J.D.).

Grayson has written op-ed pieces for virtually every major newspaper in the United States.