Department of Government
- Professor of Government and a specialist in Latin American politics and U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, Professor LeoGrande has been a frequent adviser to government and private sector agencies. He has written five books, including Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977 – 1992. Most recently, he is coauthor of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana. Previously, he served on the staffs of the Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate, and the Democratic Caucus Task Force on Central America of the United States House of Representatives. Professor LeoGrande has been a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, and a Pew Faculty Fellow in International Affairs. His articles have appeared in various international and national journals, magazines and newspapers.
DegreesPhD Syracuse University
MA Syracuse University
BA Syracuse University
- SPA - Government
- Ward - 224
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- LeoGrande, William M. 2013. "The Danger of Dependence: Cuba's Foreign Policy After Chavez," World Politics Rewiew, April 2, 2013.
- LeoGrande, William M. 2002. "Tug of War: How Real Is the Rivalry Between Congress and the President Over Foreign Policy?" Congress and the Presidency 29:113-118.
- LeoGrande, William M. 2002. " Cuba's Quest for Economic Independence." Journal of Latin American Studies 34:325-363.
- LeoGrande, William M. 2001. "América Central: Una década de democracia." Foreign Affairs en Español 2:3-10.
- LeoGrande, William M. 2000. " Cuba: The Shape of Things to Come." In Cuba: Contours of Change., ed. Susan Kaufman Purcell and David Rothkopf. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.
- LeoGrande, William M. 2000. "Conclusion: Cuba's Dilemma and Ours." In Cuba: Contours of Change., ed. Susan Kaufman Purcell and David Rothkopf. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.
- LeoGrande, William M. 1998. Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1993. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.
- LeoGrande, William M., Louis Goodman and Johanna Mendelson. 1992. Political Parties in Central America. Boulder, CO: Westview.
- LeoGrande, William M.., Philip Brenner, Daniel Siegel, and Donna Rich. 1988. The Cuba Reader: The Making of a Revolutionary Society. New York, NY: Grove Press.
- LeoGrande, William M., Morris Blachman and Kenneth Sharpe. 1986. Confronting Revolution: Security Through Diplomacy in Central America. New York, NY: Pantheon Books.
Area of Expertise: Congress and foreign policy; U.S.–Latin American politics and relations; Cuban history, politics, and relations with the United States; El Salvador; Nicaragua
Additional Information: William M. LeoGrande, an AU faculty member since 1978, is dean of the School of Public Affairs and a professor of government. LeoGrande has written widely in the field of Latin American politics and U.S. foreign policy, with a particular emphasis on Central America and Cuba. He is the author of Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977–1992. He also is an expert on Congress and foreign policy; Cuban history, politics, and relations with the United States; El Salvador; and Nicaragua. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Council on Foreign Relations. LeoGrande is coauthor of Confronting Revolution: Security through Diplomacy in Central America and coeditor of both A Contemporary Cuba Reader: Remaking the Revolution and Political Parties and Democracy in Central America. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Latin American Research Review, the New York Times, and Los Angeles Times; Miami Herald; Le Monde; and other journals and newspapers. His radio and television appearances include spots on PBS NewsHour,ABC’s Nightline, Larry King Live, WAMU's Diane Rehm Show, and several network evening news broadcasts.
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