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Richard D. Anderson, Jr.

Richard D. Anderson, Jr.

Anderson RichardRichard D. Anderson, Jr.
Associate Professor
U.C. Berkeley, 1989


Office: 4351 Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 206-5228
Fax: (310) 825-0778

Mailing Address:
UCLA Department of Political Science
4289 Bunche Hall
Box 951472
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1472

Curriculum Vitae

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Comparative Politics

Research Interests:

Dick Anderson trained as a specialist on Soviet politics and foreign policy, to which he brought an expertise on military affairs. With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, his interests shifted to the study of moves toward democracy, and -- noticing how shifts in discourse seemed to push along the transition from Soviet dictatorship to Russian elections -- he began studying linguistics. He teaches a graduate seminar on discourse analysis, an undergraduate seminar on political language and voting rights in the United States, an undergraduate course comparing discourse in undemocratic polities throughout history and around the world with the discourse of democracies. He is now developing a course on the paradoxical origins of democracy in colonialism and decolonization. He has also taught Russian politics, introduction to world politics, analytic approaches to comparative politics, and a course on politics in Western Europe offered as part of an annual summer overseas program offered by UCLA in Europe, which he initiated and brought to fruition. He is the author of Public Politics in an Authoritarian State, a study published by Cornell University Press that shows how campaigning for political office in a non-electoral setting shaped Soviet foreign policy, and co-author of a joint volume, Post-Communism and the Theory of Democracy, published by Princeton University Press, in which four specialists on the USSR address the lessons about democracy to be learned from post-Soviet politics. He has completed Discourse, Dictators and Democrats: Russia’s Place in a Global Process (forthcoming in 2014 from Ashgate Publishing), a study of discursive causation in the process of making democracies. A prequel with the working title Discourse of Despotism is in progress that examines cross-cultural uniformity in the discourse of the undemocratic states prevalent wherever states existed in the premodern world.

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