David Rivera

David Rivera
David Rivera

Visiting Assistant Professor of Government

Kirner-Johnson 247

David Rivera earned his A.B. in Russian and Soviet Studies from Harvard (1988) and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1999). His teaching and research interests include both international relations and comparative politics, with special interests in the international politics of Eurasia, post-communist democratization, and the composition of the Russian elite. From 1994-1996 Rivera served as director of the Harvard Russian Institute of International Affairs in Moscow. He has authored or co-authored articles in Problems of Post-Communism (forthcoming), Perspectives on Politics (2009), Political Science Quarterly (2003), Post-Soviet Affairs (2006 and 2014), Politicheskie issledovaniya [Political Research] (2012), Mir i Politika [The World and Politics] (2010), and Obozrevatel’-Observer (2005).

Recent Courses Taught

Politics in Russia
Russia and the World
Transitions to Democracy
Comparative Politics


  • Reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan (2016), Demokratizatsiya (2009) and Routledge Press (2005).
  • Grants for Student-Faculty Collaboration from the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center at Hamilton College, 2005, 2007, 2008.
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship from the Consortium for a Strong Minority Presence at Liberal Arts Colleges, 2002-03.

Selected Publications

National Media

Appointed to the Faculty: 2016

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Michigan
A.B., Harvard University

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