Sharon Werning Rivera
Professor of GovernmentKirner-Johnson 115
Sharon Werning Rivera, who earned a doctorate at the University of Michigan, specializes in the post-communist countries of Eurasia with a focus on Russia. Rivera’s research and teaching interests are in the field of comparative politics with emphases on democratization, elite political culture, elites in post-communist Russia, and survey research. Her articles have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, Party Politics, and Demokratizatsiya, among others. In 2012-13 she was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the Russian Federation. In 2017 Rivera was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to support her project on the foreign policy attitudes of Russian elites. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the Survey of Russian Elites, a project spanning more than two decades that is on deposit with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan.
Recent Courses Taught
Transitions to Democracy
Politics in Russia
Introduction to Russia
Topics in Survey Research
- Hamilton College Dean’s Scholarly Achievement Award for Notable Year Achievement, 2017
- National Science Foundation Award #1742798, 2017
- Christian A. Johnson Teaching Enhancement Award, 2016, 2019
- Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the Russian Federation, 2012-13
- Levitt Award for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016
- Kirkland Summer Scholarship Award for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research, 2014
- Hamilton College Class of 1963 Faculty Fellowship, 2012
- Hamilton College Teaching Innovation Grant, 2010, 2014
- Faculty Grant Development Funds, 2008, 2013
- Hamilton College Class of 1966 Career Development Award, 2004, 2007
- Hamilton College Class of 1966 Faculty Innovation Grant, 2006
- Emerson Grant for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research, 2003
Articles and Book Chapters in English:
- “Are Siloviki Still Undemocratic? Elite Support for Political Pluralism during Putin’s Third Presidential Term,” Russian Politics 4, No. 4 (2019): 499-519. With David W. Rivera.
- “Introduction: New Directions in Survey Research on Russian Elites,” Post-Soviet Affairs 35, Nos. 5-6 (2019). With William Zimmerman. doi: 10.1080/1060586X.2019.1660482.
- “Understanding the Sources of Anti-Americanism in the Russian Elite,” Post-Soviet Affairs 35, Nos. 5-6 (2019). With James D. Bryan ’16.
- “The Militarization of the Russian Elite under Putin: What We Know, What We Think We Know (but Don’t), and What We Need to Know,” Problems of Post-Communism 65, No. 4 (2018): 221-232. With David W. Rivera.
- “Governing Nizhny Novgorod: Boris Nemtsov as a Regional Leader,” in Andrey Makarychev and Alexandra Yatsyk, eds., Boris Nemtsov and Russian Politics: Power and Resistance (Germany: ibidem Press, 2018). With Vladimir Gel’man.
- “Is Russia Too Unique to Learn from Abroad? Elite Attitudes Toward Foreign Borrowing and the West, 1993-2012,” Sravnitel’naya politika 7, No. 1 (2016): 31-39.
- “Nemtsov and Democracy in Nizhny Novgorod,” Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization 24, No. 1 (Winter 2016): 36-38.
- “Is Russia a Militocracy? Conceptual Issues and Extant Findings Regarding Elite Militarization,” Post-Soviet Affairs 30, No. 1 (2014): 27-50. With David W. Rivera. (Supplementary appendix)
- “Yeltsin, Putin, and Clinton: Presidential Leadership and Russian Democratization in Comparative Perspective,” Perspectives on Politics 7, No. 3 (September 2009): 591-610. With David W. Rivera.
- “Engaging Students as Paraprofessionals through Simulations,” Journal of Political Science Education 4, No. 3 (July 2008): 298-316. With Janet Simons.
- “The Russian Elite under Putin: Militocratic or Bourgeois?,” Post-Soviet Affairs 22, No. 2 (April-June 2006): 125-144. With David W. Rivera.
- “Interviewing Political Elites: Lessons from Russia,” in David Rochefort, ed., Quantitative Methods in Practice: Readings from PS (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2006). With Polina Kozyreva and Eduard Sarovskii. Updated version of article in PS: Political Science and Politics.
- “Out of the Ivory Tower: Integrating Service-Learning into Russian Studies,” AAASS NewsNet 46, No. 2 (March 2006): 15-19.
- “Elites and the Diffusion of Foreign Models in Russia,” Political Studies 52, No. 1 (March 2004): 43-62.
- “Interviewing Political Elites: Lessons from Russia,” PS: Political Science and Politics 35, No. 4 (December 2002): 683-88. With Polina Kozyreva and Eduard Sarovskii.
- “Elites in Post-Communist Russia: A Changing of the Guard?” Europe-Asia Studies 52, No. 3 (2000): 413-432.
- “Historical Cleavages or Transition Mode? Influences on the Emerging Party Systems in Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia,” Party Politics 2, No. 2 (1996): 177-208.
- Survey of Russian Elites: 1993-2016 [Data file and codebook]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-09-11. With William Zimmerman and Kirill Kalinin. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03724.v6
- Call for Questions for 2020 Survey
- “Elections in West Europa,” Congressional Quarterly Press, 2009. Online simulation for comparative politics courses.
Articles and Book Chapters in Russian:
- “Tsel’ bakalavriata i magistratury v SShA: kratkoe vvedenie” [The Purposes of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in the U.S.: A Brief Introduction], in N. V. Makshantseva, E. P. Savrutskaya, and L.A. L’vov, eds., Rol’ lingvisticheskogo vuza v integratsii mezhdunarodnogo obrazovaniya: vektory i strategii razvitiya [The Role of the Linguistics University in the Integration of International Education: Avenues and Strategies for Development] (Nizhnii Novgorod: FGBOU VPO “NGLU,” 2014). With David W. Rivera.
- “El’tsin, Putin i prezidentskaya vlast’” [Yeltsin, Putin, and the Power of the Presidency], Politicheskie issledovaniya [Political Research], No. 3 (2012): 19-29. With David W. Rivera.
- “El’tsin, Putin, i Klinton: prezidentskoe liderstvo i rossiiskaya demokratiya v sravnitel’noi perspektive” [Yeltsin, Putin, and Clinton: Presidential Leadership and Russian Democratization in Comparative Perspective], Mir i politika [The World and Politics] 9, No. 48 (September 2010): 35-52. With David W. Rivera.
- “K bolee tochnym otsenkam transformatsii v Rossiiskoi elite” [Towards a More Accurate Assessment of the Transformation of the Russian Elite] (with David W. Rivera), Politicheskie issledovaniya [Political Research], No. 5 (2009): 149-157.
- “Unikal’nyi put’ Rossii? Obzor politicheskikh elit” [“A Unique Path for Russia? A Survey of Political Elites”], in A. D. Shutov, ed., Uchenye zapiski 2006 (Moscow: Nauchnaya kniga, 2006), pp. 46-59. Publication of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Member, American Political Science Association
Member, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Appointed to the Faculty: 1999
Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Michigan
M.A., Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
B.A., University of California at Davis