David Richards, PhD

Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science

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 
    University
  • 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

Publications

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, 
2007)

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"

PRESENTATIONS

  • 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.
Phone: 
434.544.8181
Email: 
richards.d@lynchburg.edu
Office: 
Carnegie 331