Dr. William M. LeoGrande is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute and Associate Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor of Government, and Dean Emeritus of the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Dr. LeoGrande previously served on the staff 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, He has been an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and a Pew Faculty Fellow in International Affairs.

Professor LeoGrande specializes in Comparative Politics and U.S. foreign policy. He has written widely in the field of Latin American politics and U.S. policy toward the region, with a particular interest in Central America and Cuba. He is the author of Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992, Cuba’s Policy in Africa; and co-author of Confronting Revolution: Security Through Diplomacy in Central America and Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana, which received the American Academy of Diplomacy’s 2015 Dillon Book Award for the best book on the practice of American diplomacy. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, LeMonde Diplomatique, The New Republic, The Nation, The National Interest, and other journals and newspapers.