David Richards, PhD

Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science

David Richards


Carnegie 332

Teaching Experience/Background

  • 2007- present Associate Professor, Department of International Relations
    and Political Science, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va.
  • 2004 – 2007 Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology,
    Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, Texas
  • 2001 – 2002 Course Instructor, School of Public Administration, American University,
    Washington, D.C.

Degrees and Certifications

  • 2004 PhD , School of Public Administration, American University,
    Washington, D.C.
  • Fields: Comparative Politics and American Government
  • Dissertation Title: The Effect of Ethnic Diversity on Economic Growth in
    Post-Colonial Africa and The Caribbean
  • Dissertation Committee: Dr. William LeoGrande, Chair; Dr. Laura
    Langbein; Dr. Saul Newman
  • 1998 MA, American University, Washington, D.C.
    Field: Political Science
  • 1989 BA, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
    Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • 2005 Dissertation nominated by American University for the American
    Political Science Association Gabriel A. Almond Dissertation Award
  • 2003 Jefferson Gill Fellowship, School of Public Affairs, American University
  • 1999-2001 Research/Teaching Assistant Awards, Political Science, American
  • 1998 Distinction, Master’s Comprehensive Exam, American University

Information on Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Research Methods
  • Middle East Politics
  • Latin American Politics
  • Public Opinion Polling
  • Cuban-American Relations and Caribbean Politics
  • Elections and Polling
  • American Politics One – Introduction to American Government


Journal Articles

2007 “2007 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Track Summaries-
Track One: Teaching Research Methods” with Mitchell Brown, Auburn
University, and Leland Coxe, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, PS:
Political Science & Politics,
 Vol. 40, issue 3, 2007

Book Chapter

2002 “Congress and Foreign Policy: The Case of Cuba,” with Christine
DeGregorio, in Colton C. Campbell, Nicol C. Rae, John F. Stack, Jr.,
editors, Congress and the Politics of Foreign Policy, (Prentice-Hall, 2002)

Other Publications

2007 Entries on Jose Figueres , Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina, Johannes
Gerhadus Strijdom, Marcelo Jose das Neves Caetano, Anibal Antonio
Cavaco-Silva, Mario Soares, Felipe Gonzales Marquez, Adolfo Suarez
Gonzalez, Costa Rica and Grenada in Cold War Encyclopedia, (ABC-Clio,

Works In Progress

  • Journal “The Effect of Ethnic Diversity on Economic Growth in Post-Colonial
    Manuscript Africa and The Caribbean”
  • Journal “The Political Integration of Indo-Caribbeans in Guyana, Suriname
    and Manuscript Trinidad and Tobago”


  • 2008 “Factors Contributing to Ratification of Treaties for Caribbean States:
    Do People of Indian Origin Influence the Process?” Southwest Political
    Science Association Annual conference , March 12, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • 2008 “Latin America, A Shift to the Left” American Association of University
    Women Lecture Series, February 12, Lynchburg, Va.
  • 2007 “Post-colonial Integration of Indo-Caribbeans in The Caribbean,”
    Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, April 12,
    Chicago, Ill.
  • 2007 “Ethnic Group Integration into the Post Colonial State Nationalism:
    Trinidad and Nigeria,” Southwestern Political Science Association
    Annual Meeting, February 9, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • 2006 “Are the Democrats Pulling a Pombo? DINO’s and Realignment in the
    Democratic Party During the 2006 Mid-term Elections,” Invited
    Presentation, Texas Lutheran University, November 10, Seguin, Texas
  • 2005 & 2006 “Teaching American Government to College Freshmen: How Do High
    School AP Courses Help?” AP Government and Politics Summer
    Institute, Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, Texas
  • 2001 “Congress and Foreign Policy: The Case of Cuba,” Conference on
    Congress and Foreign Policy, Florida International University, January
    14, Miami, Fla.