About Professor Desfosses
Helen R. Desfosses is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy, and Africana Studies. She is also Professor-in-Residence at the New York State Assembly Internship Program. She served as President of the Albany Common Council, the city legislature, from 1997-2005. She served as a weekly commentator on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio for 20 years. She has also been a frequent policy analyst on area television and radio, and has been interviewed on National Public Radio.
Desfosses is the author of several books and articles on national and international issues, including Designs for Democratic Stability: Studies in Viable Constitutionalism, co-edited with Abdo Baaklini, and a 2009 report on “Promoting Legislative Receptivity to Greater Public Engagement.” She has taught courses on public policy, legislative politics, and Africa. She has served as a consultant on legislative and local government, as well as on women in political and non-profit leadership, for Department of State programs and for USAID-funded programs in Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Central Asia.
She is a Collins Fellow, and in 2008, she was awarded the Academic Laureate Award by the University at Albany Foundation. Professor Desfosses earned her PhD, 1971 from Boston University, MA in 1967 from Harvard University and BAin 1965 from Mount Holyoke College.