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David Rivera earned his A.B. in Russian and Soviet Studies from Harvard and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. 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, Perspectives on Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Post-Soviet Affairs, Politicheskie issledovaniya [Political Research], Mir i Politika [The World and Politics], Obozrevatel’-Observer, and Sotsial’no-gumanitarnyi znaniya.

Recent Courses Taught

International Relations
Russia and the World
International Security
Transitions to Democracy

Selected Publications

Working Papers

NATO Expansion or Putin’s Psyche? The Insignificance of Military Insecurity to Russia’s War in Ukraine

National Media

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

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

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