Richard L. Engstrom

Professor EmeritusRichard Engstrom


Social Sciences Research Institute
Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and 
Gender in the Social Sciences
Duke University - Erwin Mill
Duke Box 90420
Durham, NC, 27708

Phone: 504-756-1478
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Curriculum Vita


Education: Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1971

Richard L. Engstrom retired from the University of New Orleans, where he taught since 1971, in May 2006 as University Research Professor Emeritus, and he currently holds a position at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University. He was the Endowed Professor in Africana Studies at UNO from 2003 through 2005.

He has published articles in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Polity, Western Political Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Law and Society Review, Asian Survey, Electoral Studies, Journal of Law and Politics and other journals and books. His book Debating Electoral Reform and Minority Rights, co-authored with Mark Rush, was published in 2001 by Rowan and Littlefield.

He is or has been a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Politics, State and Local Government Review, and Public Administration Quarterly. Professor Engstrom won the university-wide Career Achievement Award for Excellence in Research in 1985. He was a Fulbright Professor at National Taiwan University and National Chengchi University in 1981-82, Fulbright Professor at University College Galway in Ireland in 1985-86, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies at the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1990, David Bruce Fellow at the University in Keele in England in 1993, Visiting Fellow at the Australia Defense Force Academy in 1998, and Program Visitor at the Australian National University in 2005. He was a consultant with the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina Law School in 2006-2007. He served two terms as the chair of the Representation and Electoral Systems Section of the American Political Science Association from 1993-1997. His current research interests concern redistricting in Australia and redistricting reform in the United States.