Professor Emeritus — Ph.D., University of Florida
Professor Emeritus, Fellow at IC2
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LAWRENCE SHERMAN GRAHAM is Emeritus Professor of Government, the University of Texas, Austin, and a Fellow at IC2. A specialist in public policy and comparative politics, he has had a faculty appointment at UT since 1965. In this context, he founded the Brazil Center in the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and was director of the Center from September 1995 to May 2000, when he assumed responsibilities for UT’s international programs at large. From January 2000 through January 2004, he was Associate Vice President for International Programs. Prior to this, he was Philips Professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation's School of Business Administration in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August to December 1998. Throughout his career, he has combined teaching and research with hands-on experience as a consultant with a variety of national and international organizations. This work has taken him to Latin America, Eastern and Southern Europe, and Africa. Notable in this regard are his United Nations Development Programme assignments, 1989-92 (linked to inaugurating a free-market economy in Angola and to decentralizing development initiatives in Mozambique) and his public service work (as Chair of the NATO Fellowships Review Committee, 1995-96 and member, 1994, and as a manager of USAID contracts at UT in legislative strengthening in El Salvador and state-level judicial reform in Mexico, 2000-04). His publications (17 books and over 100 articles) have focused on development policy and management in Latin America, principally Brazil and Mexico, and Southern and Eastern Europe, especially Portugal and Romania. Throughout these years, his core interests remained centered in the Portuguese-speaking world, within which the primary focus was and remains the political economy of Brazil. In recent years, since his retirement from UT Austin, these international interests have expanded to Northern Ireland, where he held one of the two research fellowships established by the Clintons within the framework of US initiatives to advance the peace process. His Fulbright fellowship, Spring 2009, was centered at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown, outside Belfast, and involved frequent visits to the University’s branch campus in Derry/Londonderry where transitional justice work continues and programs and records related to the peaceful settlement of Ireland’s longstanding conflict with the North are housed. On his return to Austin, he was commissioned by the LBJ School of Public Affairs to evaluate their new program in Global Policy Studies and subsequently was appointed Adjunct Faculty for the 2009-10 academic year to teach related seminars, one in the fall and the other in the spring. During this time, he was approached by the Telluride Association in its cooperative program with Plan II in the College of Liberal Arts to offer a summer seminar for exceptional rising high school seniors headed for college. With Professor William Glade as his counterpart on campus, Glade and Graham organized and taught a seminar on Cultural and Public Diplomacy in the Arab World in July/August 2010. From this base, Graham has gone on to expand his interests in comparative politics to embrace North Africa, the outcome of which was an invitation to chair a session on “Democratic Movements in the Arab World,” for which his colleague Emeritus Professor Clement Henry, now Chair of the Political Science Department at the American University of Cairo, served as his co-chair, at the Madrid Meeting of the International Political Science Association in early July 2012.