Jeffrey W. Legro
Executive Vice President and Provost
Professor of Political Science
Profile

On July 1, 2017, Jeff Legro became the Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Richmond. He is also a Professor of Political Science.

As the chief academic officer, he is responsible for the academic mission of the University including the curriculum, research programs, academic budgets, and faculty development. He oversees the five schools, the divisions of student development, enrollment management, planning and policy, and departments of community initiatives, faculty development, international education, research, compliance, and integrity, student academic initiatives, the library, and the university registrar. 

Previously, Dr. Legro was the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Taylor Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. As Vice Provost, he led the creation of the Global Studies major, a global internship program, a new research center, UVA Global LLC, and a University office in China.  He served as chair of the Politics Department and was a co-founder and faculty associate of the Governing American in a Global Era Program at UVA’s Miller Center. He has chaired the American Political Science Association Task Force on U.S. Standing in the World and is the past president of the APSA’s International History and Politics section. He has also served as a consultant to governments and foundations. 

An expert on international affairs, Dr. Legro is the author of numerous books and articles, including Rethinking the World: Great Power Strategies and International Order. He co-edited Shaper Nations: Strategies for a Changing World, and Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11 (2011).  He has researched and taught in China, Great Britain, Germany, and Russia, and in 2011 was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in New Delhi.

He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA and his B.A. in Russian and Economics from Middlebury College. He is married to Reverend Janet Hatfield Legro and they have two daughters, Maddie and Meg.

Awards
  • Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Grant, Delhi, India 2011
  • President, International History and Politics Section, APSA, 2008-2010
  • Chair, APSA Presidential Task Force 2008-2009
  • Fulbright Award, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, P.R. China 2002-2003
  • University of Virginia Faculty Summer Research Award 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006
  • John M. Olin Fellow, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University 1995-199 Council on Foreign Relations, International Affairs Fellow (declined) 1995-1996
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School Summer Faculty Fellowship 1995
  • Graham Fellow, UCLA, 1991-1992
  • Peace Scholar, United States Institute of Peace 1990-1991
  • Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Fellowship 1990-1991
  • Institute for the Study of World Politics Fellowship 1990-1991
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship 1987-1989
  • Harvard University Center for Science and International Affairs Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 1987-1989
  • RAND/UCLA Center for Soviet Studies Fellowship 1985-87, 1989-1900
  • Phi Beta Kappa 1982
  • National Slavic Honor Society 1981
Professional Experience
Executive Vice President and Provost (July 2017-present)

University of Richmond

Professor of Political Science (July 2017-present)

University of Richmond

Vice Provost for Global Affairs (Outreach) (2012(2016)-2017)

University of Virginia

Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics, Department of Politics (2012-2017)

University of Virginia

Chair, Department of Politics (2007-2010)

University of Virginia

Randolph P. Compton Professor of World Politics, Miller Center of Public Affairs (2007-2012)

University of Virginia

Co-chair, Governing America in a Global Era Program, Miller Center of Public Affairs (2006-2012)

University of Virginia

Professor, Department of Politics (2006-2017)

University of Virginia

Acting Chair, Department of Politics (2000-2001)

University of Virginia

Associate Professor, Department of Politics (1997-2006)

University of Virginia

Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher (2011)

Institute for Defense and Strategic Analysis, New Delhi

Fulbright Lecturer (2002-2003)

China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing

Fellow and Seminar Chair, Olin Institute for Strategic Studies (1995-1997)

Harvard University

Assistant Professor, Political Science (1992-1997)

University of Minnesota

Consultant (1985-1992)

RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

Political Analyst (1983-1985)

The Capital Group, Washington Office


Education
Ph.D., UCLA 1992
Political Science
M.A., UCLA 1988
Political Science
B.A., Middlebury College 1982
Economics and Russian
Contact Information
(804) 289-8153