Condoleezza Rice

1996 John P. McGovern Science and Society Awardrice

Condoleezza Rice is provost and professor of political science at Stanford University. She first came to Stanford in 1981 and returned in 1991 after two years in the White House as special assistant to the President for national security affairs and senior director for Soviet affairs for the National Security Council (NSC). As such, she was the White House specialist on the Soviet Union in 1989-91, during the transformation of that country, and was deeply involved in the formulation of U.S. policy on the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe. Prior to that, she was director for Soviet and East European affairs at the NSC. An expert in international relations and comparative politics, Rice is the author of The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army, 1948-1983: Uncertain Allegiance, and co-author of The Gorbachev Era. She has won Stanford University's highest teaching awards and also has published numerous articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policies. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Rice received her B.A in political science from the University of Denver, her master's degree from Notre Dame University and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at Denver University.