Dean of the International Center
Joseph Glover, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Leonardo Villalón, Professor of African Politics in the Department of Political Science and Center for African Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida, has accepted the position of Dean of the UF International Center, effective January 1, 2014.
Before coming to UF, he was an associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas and also directed the undergraduate major in international studies. Dr. Villalón earned his Bachelor’s from Louisiana State University and his Master’s from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. He also received his DEA (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de la Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris in 1985 before earning his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992, where he specialized in comparative politics and international relations. He served as Director of the UF Center for African Studies between 2002 and 2011.
Dr. Villalón’s research focuses on the politics of the former French colonies of West Africa. His work also has concentrated on the role of Islam in politics and on the processes of democratization.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Villalón to his new position.