Thomas Carothers "is director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a research project that analyzes the state of democracy around the world and efforts by Western governments, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions to promote democracy abroad. Widely recognized as a leading international authority on democracy promotion, Mr. Carothers has worked on democracy assistance projects for many public and private organizations and carried out extensive field research on democracy-building programs in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He is the author or editor of seven books on democracy and rule of law promotion, including most recently Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: In Search of Knowledge (Carnegie, 2006). He has worked as an attorney at Arnold & Porter in Washington and at the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the London School of Economics, and Harvard College.“ 
Faculty member of the SAIS International Development Program.
- Advisory Group, Center for Global Development
- Advisory Board, Project on Middle East Democracy
- US Advisory Board, Democracy Coalition Project
- Former Board Member, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
- Editorial Advisory Board, IFES, democracy at large
- International Advisory Board, Democratization, the Journal 
- Transatlantic Steering Group, Project on Democratic Transitions 
- Sub-Board (chair), Think Tank Fund 
- "Biography", SAIS, Accessed January 2007.