The Provost serves as the chief academic officer at Suffolk University and implements and maintains academic policies designed to support intellectual pursuits by faculty, staff, and students.

The Office of the Provost works closely with the deans of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Law School, and the Sawyer Business School to deliver a student-centered experience that fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship, innovative thinking, and community collaboration. Additionally, the accreditation of the University is coordinated through the Provost’s Office.

Meet the Provost

Sebastian Royo, PhD, is Acting Provost.

Acting Provost Royo has served as vice provost for student success, director of the Madrid campus, associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and a member of the Government Department faculty.

As vice provost for student success, he was instrumental in uniting several key campus resources under the auspices of the Student Success Division. While heading the Madrid campus, Royo improved both its academic standards and its integration into the University. As associate dean, he oversaw curriculum and academic assessment in a wide range of areas, and helped introduce online courses to the College. Throughout his Suffolk career, he has served on committees addressing technology, the honors program, curriculum reform, study abroad, and interdisciplinary programs.

In addition to serving as acting provost, he is currently spearheading the University’s NECHE reaccreditation efforts.

A scholar of comparative political economy, Royo is a prolific writer in both English and Spanish. His publications include seven books, book chapters, articles in academic journals, and contributions to newspapers and blogs.

He holds a PhD in political science, an MBA, and an MA in international relations from Boston University and a five-year law degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Royo's articles and reviews on comparative politics have appeared in Comparative Political StudiesEuropean Journal of Industrial RelationsPS: Political Science and PoliticsWest European PoliticsSouth European Society and PoliticsDemocratizationMediterranean QuarterlySELAFPPerspectives on Politics, and other publications. His books include From Social Democracy to Neoliberalism: The Consequences of Party Hegemony in Spain, 1982-1996 (2000), A New Century of Corporatism? Corporatism in Southern Europe: Spain and Portugal in Comparative Perspective (2002), Spain and Portugal in the European Union: The First Fifteen Years (with P. Manuel, 2003); Portugal, Espanha e a Integração Europeia: Um Balanço (2005); Varieties of Capitalism in Spain (2008); and Lessons from the Economic Crisis in Spain (2013). He writes a regular column for the Spanish daily Cinco Dias. He has regular collaborations in TV with Univision, Telemundo and CNN-Español. His research interests include Southern European and Latin American politics and economic institutions. Royo is a Senior Research Associate at the Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid, and an affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, where he is the co-chair of the Center Periphery Study Group. He is the founder and co-chair of the American Political Science Association's Iberian Studies Group, and serves in the editorial boards of South European Society & Politics and