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Jeffrey Berry

About Him

Prof. Berry, inaugural holder of the John Richard Skuse, Class of 1941, Chair in Political Science, specializes in interest groups and citizen participation. His recent book, A Voice for Nonprofits, received the Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the American Political Science Association. A previous work, The Rebirth of Urban Democracy, written with Tufts Professor of Political Science Kent Portney, won best-book awards from the APSA in American politics and urban politics.

About the Skuse Chair

The late Mr. Skuse, A41, a career public servant with the US State Department and the US Information Agency's East Asia Branch, left $5.45 million to Tufts in 2001 that endowed the professorship and also created a scholarship fund for students from his native Rockingham County, N.H.

The Skuse Chair is one of 70 endowed professorships throughout the university. An endowed chair, the hallmark of an exceptional university, is bestowed upon Tufts' most distinguished faculty. The endowment helps pay the professor's salary, thereby freeing up funds in the university budget for student financial aid and other critical needs.

Why He's Grateful

"I'm deeply honored to be Tufts' first John Richard Skuse, Class of 1941, Professor of Political Science," Berry says. "The Skuse Chair is more than an honorary title since part of the endowment provides financial support for my research. This extends what I can do professionally and for that I am thankful."