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Devora Grynspan

Vice President for International Relations; Director, International Program Development (Also Lecturer, Department of Political Science)

B.S.: Northwestern University, 1976; Ph.D.: Northwestern University, 1982; J.D.: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995


Research Interest(s): International Political Economy, Latin American Politics; Europe; Middle East

Program Area(s): International Relations; Comparative Politics

Regional Specialization(s): Latin America


Dévora Grynspan, Vice President for International Relations, works closely with the President and other Northwestern leaders to advance the university's strategic goals in a global context and create greater integration between international programs and the university's strategic plan. In her role, Dévora represents the president and the university to international constituencies, provides leadership in shaping and implementing the university's international agenda, and administers partnerships and programs that advance Northwestern's mission.

Prior to becoming Vice President for International Relations in 2016, Dévora led the former Office of International Program Development (IPD), which developed and administered exchanges and study abroad programs for Northwestern undergraduate students. During this time, she designed programs in China, Cuba, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Africa, and Tanzania. Dévora also co-founded Northwestern’s undergraduate Program in Global Health Studies in 2004 and was its Co-Director until 2016.

Before joining Northwestern Dévora taught at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where she also directed the Center for Latin American Studies and established the Center on European Union Studies.

Dévora earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Northwestern and later received a law degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dévora was born in Israel and grew up in Costa Rica. She speaks fluent Spanish and Hebrew.

Select Publications

  • "Integrating Underrepresented Students," proceedings of the AED Colloquium on Diversity in Education Abroad. May 2, 2006
  • "Problems In Administering International Education Consortia," International Education Forum, July 1997 (with Roger E. Kanet)
  • "Nicaragua:  A New Model for Popular Revolution in Latin America," in Revolutions of the Late Twentieth Century, edited by Jack A. Goldstone, Ted R. Gurr, and Farrokh Moshiri. Westview, 1991
  • Review of Anthony Payne's "The International Crisis of the Caribbean," The Journal of Politics, volume 47, November 1985
  • "Technology Transfer Patterns and Industrialization in LDCs:  A Study of Licensing in Costa Rica," International Organization 36:4 (Autumn 1982)
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