Dr. Rich Braunstein is a professor in the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice and International Studies at the University of South Dakota (USD). Braunstein is a faculty member in the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, a research associate for the Government Research Bureau and coordinator of the USD Nonprofit Studies Program.
In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Braunstein serves as the Principal Investigator for the Rapid City Police Department’s Community Building and Crime Reductionprogram (CBCR) funded by the US DOJ Office of Justice Programs (2020-2024). Braunstein also serves as the Principal Investigator for the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board’s Connecting With Our Youthprogram (CWOY) funded by the US DHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2019-2024).
Throughout his 20 years USD, Dr. Braunstein has worked as a research partner/consultant for completed projects of the South Dakota Governor’s Office, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Wakpamni District of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and the City of Vermillion in South Dakota. Dr. Braunstein has also completed research contracts as an evaluator for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, South Dakota Department of Health, South Dakota Department of Transportation, South Dakota Department of Education, South Dakota Nonprofit Association, South Dakota Service Commission, and a wide range of nonprofit organizations providing direct services to at-risk populations. In 2021 Braunstein serves on three nonprofit boards focusing on unique dynamics of youth wellness. Dr. Braunstein’s teaching interests include race and justice in America, conflict resolution, nonprofit administration and American political development.