Dr. Richard Vengroff, a political scientist specializing in comparative politics (Canada and Africa), comparative electoral systems, development administration and management, did his graduate work at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He is a recipient of the “Ordre National du Lion” (Senegal’s highest civilian honor) for his contributions to higher education and development in that country. Dr. Vengroff has lived and worked overseas for over eight of the last 30 years and has conducted field research and been involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of development projects and numerous exchange and linkage programs around the world. He has recently served a two-year term as vice president of the American Council on Quebec Studies, and program Chair for the meetings in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the campus project Director for a FIPSE funded North American Mobility Grant (UConn, SUNY, U.Laval, Carleton, U of Monterey)), PI for the Canadian I-Poll Project of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and a participant in a USIS funded NAFTA faculty exchange research program (University of Calgary). Dr. Vengroff has participated in linkage projects in Estonia, Venezuela, Chile, and Hungary. He has also served as team leader and PI on numerous multi-million dollar AID funded projects in sub-Saharan Africa. He also served as a trustee of the Consortium for International Development based in Tucson.
Dr. Vengroff is also the author, or editor, of seven books, 90 articles and book chapters in scholarly journals and books, a series of widely used training materials in project management and a development simulation. His current research is devoted to issues of Canadian and Quebec politics, development management, democratic governance, decentralization, and privatization. He is the past editor for the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Comparative Administration Papers and book review editor for Representation and Electoral Systems.