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Erwin C. Hargrove

Professor of Political Science, Emeritus
Director of Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies

Erwin C. Hargrove came to Vanderbilt University in 1976, serving as both a professor of political science and director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies (VIPP).

Hargrove is an expert on the American presidency and political leadership. In his latest book, The Effective Presidency, Hargrove analyzes the effectiveness of America’s eight most recent presidents. Previous books include The President as Leader: Appealing to the Better Angels of Our Nature, The Future of the Democratic Left in Industrial Democracies (edited) and Prisoners of Myth: The Leadership of the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933-90.

Hargrove served as chair of the Department of Political Science from 1992 to 1996. In 2000, he was named Professor Emeritus. However, Hargrove continues to be active at Vanderbilt and in his research.

Grants and Awards

Vanderbilt University Madison Sarratt Award in 1990 for teaching

Richard E. Neustadt Award (APSA) for the best book on the American Presidency in 1988

Arts and Science Jeffrey Nordhaus Award in 1988 for excellence in teaching

Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor Award in 1985