Paul F. deLespinasse was born in Ontario, Oregon in 1939. He graduated from Willamette University in 1961, and completed a Ph.D. in political science at The Johns Hopkins University in 1966. He spent a sabbatical year as Fellow in Law and Political Science at the Harvard Law School in 1970-1971. He has been a National Merit Scholar, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and a National Defense Education Act Fellow.
His interest in Soviet politics led him to learn Russian, to read Pravda daily from 1962 to 1991, and to spend the summer of 1989 in the USSR. His other interests include American constitutional law, political philosophy, economic regulatory policy, and race in American law and politics.
His college textbook Thinking About Politics: American Government in Associational Perspective was published by D. Van Nostrand in 1981. His op-ed columns have been published in a number of US newspapers.
After a 36-year career at Adrian College in Michigan, he is now Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Computer Science at Adrian and lives in Corvallis, Oregon. He can be reached at email@example.com.