Assessing the Quality of Democracy in South Africa
Harlan KOFF1 & Carmen MAGANDA2
The Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC) is proud to present Dr. Victoria Graham with the 2013-2014 Stephen P. Koff prize for the outstanding doctoral dissertation on social cohesion. This award, which has been privately donated by Dr. Koff’s family, honours a man whose intellectual acumen and human caring touched the lives of many.
Dr. Koff received his degrees in political science from Indiana University (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.A. and Ph.D.). He taught briefly at Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges before moving to Syracuse University in 1957. Committed to the development of Syracuse’s academic community, Dr. Koff remained there his entire academic career which spanned four decades. During this time, he contributed to the development of the Maxwell School of Citizenship, with a special commitment to its international programs. Dr. Koff founded Syracuse University’s academic centre in Florence, Italy. He was also President of the New York State Political Science Association, President of the Northeastern Political Science Association, and a member of the Board of the Experiment in International Living. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Koff was committed to community-building and the voluntary sector. An expert in Italian Politics, Dr. Koff often collaborated with NGOs active in Peace Movements, Anti-Mafia, and International Education, just to name a few of his many activities. For his commitment to US-Italy exchanges and his academic work on Italian politics, Dr. Koff was named Knight in the...
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