Sharon Werning Rivera
Professor of Government
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 Fellowship, 2016, 2019, 2022
- Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the Russian Federation, 2012-13
- Levitt Award for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021
- 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 Through Extended 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
- The study is in the process of being updated with 2020 data.
- “Elections in West Europa,” Congressional Quarterly Press, 2009. Online simulation for comparative politics courses.
Articles and Book Chapters in Russian:
- “Siloviki i demokratiya po-prezhnemu nesovmestimy? Analiz dannykh Issledovaniya rossiiskikh elit 2016 goda” [Are Siloviki and Democracy Still Incompatible? An Analysis of the 2016 Survey of Russian Elites], Monitoring obshchestvennogo mneniya: ekonomicheskie i sotsial’nye peremeny, No. 5 (2021): 163-176. With David W. Rivera. doi: 10.14515/monitoring.2021.5.
- “Kritika militokraticheskoi paradigmy formirovaniya vlasti pri prezidente V. Putine: obzor rossiiskoi i zarybezhnoi literatury” [A Critique of the Militocracy Paradigm Regarding Government Formation under Putin: A Review of the Russian and Foreign Literatures], Sotsial’no-gumanitarnye znaniya, No. 1 (2019): 153-175. 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 Faculty1999
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