Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Gregg Kvistad has served the University of Denver as a professor and administrator for more than two decades. Kvistad arrived at the University in 1984, after teaching at Wellesley College for two years and serving as a research affiliate at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. His first position at DU was as an assistant professor of political science. In 1992, Kvistad assumed his first administrative leadership position when he became chair of the University’s political science department. Kvistad served in that capacity for six years until he was named dean of the Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in 1998. A year later, Kvistad achieved the academic rank of full professor. Kvistad continued as dean until 2006, when Chancellor Robert Coombe named him the University’s provost, or chief academic officer.
Kvistad’s academic career began at the University of Minnesota, where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1975. He then moved to the West Coast to pursue his graduate studies in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his master’s degree in 1976, and his doctorate in 1984.
Kvistad also completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Cologne, Germany, and a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Science Research Council at the Free University in Berlin, Germany. Kvistad’s research specialization is in postwar German and European politics. He has lectured and published extensively about European politics and has served as an authority on the subject for numerous panels, publications and roundtable discussions.
At DU, Kvistad has taught a variety of classes on comparative politics and political economy. He also has taught courses on a broader range of subjects, including the politics of nuclear disarmament, political theory and private property, and American state in the political economy, among many others.
He lives in Castle Rock, Colo., with his wife, Amy Oaks, a public school administrator. Together with his wife, he enjoys running, sailing, and cross-country skiing and has recently rediscovered the piano.