Gary Paul is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and History at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida. He holds an M.A. in Public Policy from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Public Management from Florida A&M University.
He has held numerous administrative positions throughout his tenure at FAMU. He served as the Department of Political Science and History chairman from 1999 through 2005 and in 2004 he was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the FAMU Community Development Corporation. Other administrative responsibilities have included his role as Assistant Director of the University’s Census Information Center and Activity Director of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pre-Professional Law Program.
His teaching responsibilities have included instruction in public administration and public management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has published articles covering topics such as residential segregation, environmental justice, and transit finance. Grant activities include various roles as principal investigator, including but not limited to work with the Florida Institute of Government Training and Technical Assistance, the International Development Partnership between FAMU and the University of Iberoamericana, the Department of Management Services with the State of Florida, and the Department of Education and the University of Iowa.
His academic activities have centered on establishing a multidisciplinary instructional, research, and pre-college Center of Excellence at FAMU in the area of International Policy and Security Studies and developing capacity and political efficacy for students and traditionally marginalized populations by working with and through institutions of higher education and utilizing strategies that focus on public deliberation.
He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards. In 1994, he received the McKnight Junior Faculty Fellow. The fellowship provided him the opportunity to intern with the U.S. Department of Defense and its Office of Environmental Security. From 1998 through 2000, he was a fellow of the “New Scholars” initiative developed by the Kettering Foundation, which focused on scholarship and public life.