Dr Barry Cannon


Lecturer / Assistant Professor

TSI Building
2nd Fl
(01) 474 7147


Originally from County Donegal, I have a professional background in local government administration and international development and have lived in London, Barcelona and Lima, Peru.  I graduated with my PhD from Dublin City University in 2005, with a thesis on populism in Latin America, supervised by Prof. Peadar Kirby. I then worked with Comhlamh, the Irish Association for Development Workers,and received two funded postdoctoral positions from Irish Aid and the Irish Research Council respectively. I started working with the Sociology Department at Maynooth in 2013, teaching modules  on political ideas, democracy and citizenship, Latin American politics and supporting third years on their final year dissertations. My research interests are civil society/state relations, democratisation, populism, and the left and right in Latin America, and have written extensively on Bolivarian Venezuela. 

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily centred on Latin American politics, with particular expertise on Peru, Venezuela and Central America. I have published on the Bolivarian government of Venezuela, on state/civil society relations in left-led governments of Latin America and on democratization in Central America. I completed an Irish Research Council funded project on the Latin American Right, with a variety of publications, including a book The Right in Latin America: Elite Power, Hegemony and the Struggle for the State (Routledge, 2016). I am a member of the Hostfilm Erasmus + Project led by the University of Salamanca in Spain. To view the project activities see: https://hostfilm.usal.es/index.php/syllabus/

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date Amount
Going Global: Defining, Characterising and Constructing Global Citizenship in the International Development Sector in Ireland PI The concept of Global Citizenship is increasingly used to give meaning to international development, yet there is little consensus on the concept’s definition or content. This project aims to generate a bottom-up discussion, by way of three regional workshops, on how international development workers and volunteers view the concept. The project has three objectives: gather views from participants on the meaning and content of global citizenship; provide theoretical input to inform these discussions; and enable participants envisage more practice grounded means to construct global citizenship in their work. Workshop findings will be disseminated to inform wider discussion on the issue. 16/12/2022 15/12/2023 9968
Thinking Global, Acting Local: Extractivism, Hybrid Citizenship and Community Governance in Rural Honduras (Eimhin O'Reilly) PI 01/09/2022 31/08/2026 119833.33
RESISTING THE FAR RIGHT IN IRELAND: Optimising civil society strategies for countering far right organisation, discourse and growth in contemporary Ireland. PI The growth of the far right is of major concern for liberal democracies. Ireland, however, an exception to this trend with the phenomenon prompting scant public interest. Far right involvement in protests on migrants and COVID 19 measures has highlighted the need for more engagement on the issue. This project aims to do this by researching and publishing data on the content and effectiveness of current state, party and civil/voluntary organisation (CVO) work, provide knowledge and skills exchange opportunities for national and international CVOs and academics, and help formulate joint statements on future strategy and research needs on the phenomenon. 01/03/2021 01/12/2021 11965.2
John Brown- Democratisation and post-neoliberal citizenship in Latin America: Lessons from Bolivia and Venezuela PI John Brown's IRC GOI PD 2020 01/10/2020 30/09/2021 47421.88
Hospitality in European Film PI 01/09/2017 30/09/2020 31355
Being Young and Middle-Class in Contemporary Urban Latin America PI 01/10/2014 30/09/2016 90287.38
Post-neoliberalism in left-led Latin America: a comparative analysis of its content and sustainability in Argentina and Venezuela. PI 01/10/2014 30/09/2018 96000

Post Doctoral Fellows / Research Team

Researcher Name Project Funding Body
Franka Winter Latin American Middle Classes and Politics


Year Publication
2016 Barry Cannon (2016) The right in Latin America: Elite power, hegemony and the struggle for the state. London and New York: Routledge. [DOI]
2009 Barry Cannon (2009) Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution: Populism and Democracy in a Globalised Age. Manchester UK: Manchester University Press. [Link]

Edited Book

Year Publication
2020 Barry Cannon and Patricia Rangel (Ed.). (2020) The resurgence of the right in Latin America: new coalitions and agendas'. Barcelona: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals, [Link] [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Barry Cannon and Peadar Kirby (Ed.). (2012) Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization. London: Zed, [Link]

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2023 Cannon, B.; González, Y. (2023) 'VENEZUELA: Democracy as market, or how the right-wing opposition confused the two in its quest for power' In: The Right in the Americas: Distinct Trajectories and Hemispheric Convergences, from the Origins to the Present. [Link] [DOI]
2023 Barry Cannon (2023) 'El populismo de derecha y el “liberalismo del miedo” en América Latina' In: Populismo: una perspective latinoamericana. Buenos Aires : Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO).
2023 Barry Cannon (2023) 'Populism and the Right in Latin America' In: Populism: Latin American Perspectives. Newcastle on Tyne : Agenda.
2022 Barry Cannon (2022) 'Democratisation and De-democratisation in Times of a Pandemic' In: The Crisis and Future of Democracy. Brussels : Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. [Link]
2021 Cannon, B. (2021) 'Epilogue: Right and left in a post-Covid-19 world' In: Global Resurgence Of The Right: Conceptual And Regional Perspectives. [Link]
2021 Barry Cannon (2021) 'El Umbral Tiroles de la Hostipitalidad' In: Cine y Hospitalidad: Narrativas visuales del otro. Salamanca : Ediciones Universidad Salamanca.
2020 Cannon, B (2020) 'COVID-19 in Latin America Uneven Responses, Uneven Impacts, Shared Challenges' In: COVID-19 IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH: IMPACTS AND RESPONSES. BRISTOL : BRISTOL UNIV PR.
2020 Barry Cannon (2020) 'Democratization and De-democratization in Left-led Brazil: From ‘Low-Conflict Progressivism’ to ‘Hyper-Reactionary Neoliberalism’' In: Democracy and Brazil: Collapse and Regression. Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge. [Link]
2019 Barry Cannon (2019) 'Characterization, Strategies, and Objectives of the Latin American Right' In: Oxford Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics. Oxford and New York : Oxford University Press. [DOI]
2017 Cannon B. (2017) 'The South American right: Powerful elites and weak states' In: Handbook of South American Governance. [DOI]
2013 Barry Cannon (2013) 'Political Parties: The Right' In: Salvador Martí i Puig and Diego Sánchez-Ancochea(Eds.). Handbook of Central American Governance. London : Routledge.
2012 Barry Cannon (2012) 'States of (In)dependence? Democratization and Citizenship during Latin America’s ‘Left Decade’, 2000–2010' In: Bill Richardson and Lorraine Kelly(Eds.). Power, Place, Representation: Contested Sites of Dependence and Independence in Latin America. London : Peter Lang.
2012 Barry Cannon and Peadar Kirby (2012) 'Civil society–state relations in left-led Latin America: deepening democratization?' In: Barry Cannon and Peadar Kirby(Eds.). Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization. London : Zed.
2012 Peadar Kirby and Barry Cannon (2012) 'Globalization, democratization and state–civil society relations in left-led Latin America' In: Barry Cannon and Peadar Kirby(Eds.). Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization. London : Zed.
2012 Barry Cannon and Mo Hume (2012) '‘Civil society-state relations in left-led El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua' In: Barry Cannon and Peadar Kirby(Eds.). Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization. London : Zed.
2007 Barry Cannon (2007) 'Populisms in Latin America: Sometimes the populists are right!' In: Luis Alberto Cordero y Francisco Carrillo(Eds.). Hacia el buen gobierno: tareas aún pendientes. San Jose de Costa Rica : Fundacion Arias.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Cannon, B. (2023) 'THE FAR RIGHT AND OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT AID (ODA): NARRATIVES, POLICIES AND IMPACT'. Policy and Practice, 2023 . [Link]
2021 Barry Cannon (2021) 'Socialism equals death, market equals life: anti-socialist and pro-market policy discourse among the contemporary Venezuelan Opposition'. Les Cahiers de Framespa, 36 . [Link] [Full-Text]
2020 Cannon B.; Rangel P. (2020) 'Introduction: the resurgence of the right in Latin America'. Revista Cidob D'Afers Internacionals, (126):7-15. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 Cannon B. (2018) 'Must we talk about populism? Interrogating populism’s conceptual utility in a context of crisis'. New Political Science, 40 (3):477-496. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Cannon, B; Brown, J (2017) 'VENEZUELA 2016: THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY'. Revista de Ciencia Politica, 37 :613-633. [Full-Text]
2015 Cannon, B; Murphy, MP (2015) 'Where are the Pots and Pans? Collective Responses in Ireland to Neoliberalization in a Time of Crisis: Learning from Latin America'. Irish Political Studies, 30 :1-19. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2014 Cannon, B (2014) 'As Clear as MUD: Characteristics, Objectives, and Strategies of the Opposition in Bolivarian Venezuela'. Latin American Politics and Society, 56 :49-70. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Cannon B.; Hume M. (2012) 'Central America, civil society and the 'pink tide': Democratization or de-democratization?'. Democratization, 19 (6):1039-1064. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2010 Barry Cannon (2010) 'Wanted! 'Strong publics' for uncertain times. The experience of the Active Citizenship in Central America project'. Development in Practice, 20 :649-663. [Full-Text]
2008 Cannon B. (2008) 'Class/Race Polarisation in Venezuela and the Electoral Success of Hugo Chavez: A break with the past or the song remains the same?'. Third World Quarterly, 29 (4):731-748. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2004 Dr. Barry Cannon (2004) 'Venezuela, April 2002: Coup or Popular Rebellion? The Myth of a United Venezuela'. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 23 :285-302. [Full-Text]

Other Journal

Year Publication
2017 Barry Cannon (2017) 'Coups, “smart coups” and elections: Right power strategies in a context of Left hegemony' Irish Jurist, 5 (1) :29-49. [Link] [Full-Text]
2016 Barry Cannon (2016) 'Inside the Mind of Latin America's New Right' NACLA Report on the Americas, 48 (4) :328-333. [Link] http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10714839.2016.1258275 [Full-Text]
2014 Dr. Barry Cannon (2014) 'El poder de la derecha y la influencía permanente de la élite en Centroamérica' Mesoamerica, 35 (56) enero-diciembre :78-105.
2011 Barry Cannon (2011) 'Leftist Governments in Latin America: Successes and Shortcomings by Kurt Weyland, Raúl L. Madrid, Wendy Hunter; Latin America's Left Turns: Politics, Policies and Trajectories of Change by Maxwell A. Cameron, Eric Hershberg' European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, . [Link]

Published Report

Year Publication
2023 Barry Cannon (2023) Going Global? Defining, Characterising and Constructing Global Citizenship. Comhlamh, .
2022 Barry Cannon (2022) Emerging modalities of global solidarity and active global citizenship in Ireland. Comhlamh, . [Link]
2022 Barry Cannon, Richard King, Joseph Munnelly and Riyad el-Moslemany (2022) Resisting the Far Right: Civil Society Strategies for Countering the Far Right in Ireland. Maynooth University and Crosscare Migrant Project, . [Link]


Year Publication

Electronic Article

Year Publication
2020 Barry Cannon (2020) Will Joe Biden 'speak softly' or 'carry a big stick' in Latin America?. [Electronic Article] [Link]
2016 Barry Cannon (2016) Making Sense of Opposition in Venezuela: From the MUD to “La Salida” and Back. [Electronic Article] [Link] [Full-Text]
2014 Dr. Barry Cannon (2014) Opposition in Bolivarian Venezuela: Caught Between Conflict and Compromise. [Electronic Article] [Link] [Full-Text]
2013 Dr. Barry Cannon (2013) Binary visions of a complex leader or: What I learned from Hugo Chavez (1954-2013). [Electronic Article] [Link] [Full-Text]


Year Publication
2022 Barry Cannon (2022) Are the far right a threat to Irish democracy?. Dublin: [Blog] [Link]
2019 Dr. Barry Cannon (2019) Juan Guaidó’s Policy Proposals: “The Venezuela to Come” or the Venezuela that has already been?. New York: [Blog] [Link]
2017 Barry Cannon (2017) From Chávez to Trump, must we really talk about populism?. London: [Blog] [Link]

Book Review

Year Publication
2019 Cannon, B (2019) From Fascism to Populism in History. HOBOKEN: [Book Review] [DOI]
2018 Cannon, B (2018) The Lima Reader: History, Culture, Politics. HOBOKEN: [Book Review]
2016 Cannon, B (2016) Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the Twenty-First Century. HOBOKEN: [Book Review]
2016 Cannon, B (2016) Venezuela's Health Care Revolution. NEW YORK: [Book Review] [DOI]
2014 Cannon, B (2014) The Sandinistas and Nicaragua since 1979. HOBOKEN: [Book Review] [DOI] [Full-Text]
2010 Dr. Barry Cannon (2010) McBeth, B. S. (2008) Dictatorship and Politics: Intrigue, Betrayal, and Survival in Venezuela, 1908-1935. [Book Review]
2004 Dr. Barry Cannon (2004) Venezuelan Politics in the Chávez Era: Class, Polarisation and Conflict by Steve Ellner and Daniel Hellinger. [Book Review]
2004 Dr. Barry Cannon (2004) President Fujimori of Peru: The President Who Dared to Dream by Rei Kimura. [Book Review]


Year Publication
2024 Barry Cannon; Shane Murphy (2024) What are anti-immigration protesters demanding? It’s more complex than you think. Dublin: [Abstract] [Link]
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Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2010 Irish Research Council, CARA Fellowship


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
MSc Sociology
BA Arts


Language Reading Writing Speaking
Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent

Teaching Interests

I teach the following courses in Politics:

PO151: Introduction to Political Ideas, discussing major ideologies, such as Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Feminism among others, and key ideas, such as Liberty, Equality, Justice etc. 
PO205: Democracy and Citizenship, examining different theories of citizenship and the democratic institutionality which embody them. 
PO313: Power in the Americas. This course examines power structures in Latin America and between Latin America and the rest of the Western Hemisphere. 
PO303: A Special Topics course for third year students, helping guide them as the do their final year disseratations. 

Recent Students

Graduation date Name Degree
2019 John Brown