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Helen R.  Desfosses

Associate Professor
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Public Administration and Policy
Department: Africana Studies

Politics--local, state, national and international; public policy; campaigns and elections; legislative politics; Africa; Middle East; women and families

Campus phone: (518) 442-5254
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Helen Desfosses serves as associate professor of Public Administration and Policy and Africana Studies. Desfosses is the author of several books and articles on national and international policy issues. She teaches courses on public policy, Africa, and legislative issues. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of State, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Her most recent book, Designs for Democratic Stability, was published in 1997.