Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor is presently a tenured Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Florida International University (FIU). While at FIU, he has also done research and taught at Leipzig University in the former East Germany during the three summer months of May, June and July for 15 consecutive years from 1999 to 2013. In June 2007, the President of that University (Rektor) designated him an Honorary Professor (Honorarprofessor). Leipzig University was founded in 1409 and is the second oldest German university after Heidelberg University which has existed since 1386. Dr. Garcia-Zamor was the first American scholar to receive such a distinction from a major German university.
Before going to FIU he was a Professor of Public Policy and Administration in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. Previously, he taught in the Department of Government of the University of Texas at Austin and at the Brazilian School of Public Administration of the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has also lectured at the Venezuelan National School of Public Administration in Caracas, Venezuela; the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; the Catholic University of Argentina in Mendoza, Argentina; the University of Pittsburgh; the American University in Washington, D.C.; the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State; the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho; the Canadian National School of Public Administration in Montreal and Quebec City; the Bialystok School of Public Administration in Poland; and Delhi University and Madras University in India. He has also visited the Caribbean, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, and the People’s Republic of China to lecture on U.S. public administration practices.
While teaching at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Dr. Garcia-Zamor was also a Senior Specialist in Public Administration at the Organization of American States and he was President of the International Development Group, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm with twenty-five Associates. Later, he was elected by the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank to a two-year term to join the Board as Controller. He has done extensive consulting work in Latin America and Africa for the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the U.N. (FAO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Pan American Development Foundation, the National Institute of Public Management and several U.S. universities.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Panelas , on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners and the community proclaimed Thursday April 12, 2001 as Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor Day “in recognition to this distinguish professional for his outstanding contributions to the community” and again in 2017, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez proclaimed May 16, 2017 as Dr. Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor Day. On April 12, 2002, Dr. Garcia-Zamor was presented the “Outstanding New American Award” by Miami Archbishop John C. Favalora.
Dr. Garcia-Zamor is the author of six books and editor of three volumes. He also co-edited three handbooks. His 12th book entitled: Strategies for Urban Development in Leipzig, Germany: Harmonizing Planning and Equity was published in 2014 by Springer Publishers. His 13th book entitled Ethical Dilemmas of Migration. Moral Challenges for Policymakers appeared in March 2018 and was also published by Springer Publishers. He is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in professional journals in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Belgium, Great Britain, the Netherlands, India, South Korea, Poland, Lithuania, and the People’s Republic of China.
In the Spring of 2014 the Board of Directors of the Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) decided to give my name to the Best Paper Award that SICA gives every year at the national ASPA conference to the best paper in the field of international and comparative administration presented in the Fred Riggs Symposium. The award is now officially named the “Garcia-Zamor Best Paper Award.”
Dr. Garcia-Zamor holds a Master in Latin American History and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from New York University. He also holds a Master in Public Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a life member of the American Society for Public Administration.