Alfred G. Cuzán
Born in Havana, Cuba, Cuzán can trace his interest in political science to January 7, 1959: the day Fidel Castro triumphantly rode into Havana after Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the country. Two years later, when Castro’s plans to establish a Soviet-style communist regime became evident, Cuzán and his family went into exile, eventually settling in Miami.
Professor Cuzán received a bachelor’s degree in government and economics from the University of Miami, and a master’s and doctorate degrees in political science, with a minor in economics, from Indiana University. During his professional career - all but four years spent at UWF - Cuzán has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships: two Fulbright scholar grants (2015 and 1983), several National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships (2004, 1996, 1992, 1989 and 1988), a Reuben Askew Fellowship and a Henry Salvatori Fellowship. He chaired the Department of Government at UWF from 1992 to 2012. Most of his teaching and publications have been in the areas of American and comparative politics. Also, he was a founding member and co-authored several articles on the Pollyvote, a model for predicting the outcome of presidential elections. In spring 2016, on a Fulbright scholar grant, he taught at the University of Tartu, Estonia, one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in northern Europe.
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