Faculty Profile

Russell Bova

Professor of Political Science and International Studies; Walter E. Beach '56 Chair in Political Science (1982).

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 101


Professor Bova teaches a variety of courses on international relations and comparative politics. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on Russian politics and comparative democratization. The third edition of his international relations text, How the World Works, was published in 2016.


  • B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1977
  • M.A., Indiana University, 1980
  • Ph.D., 1985


  • Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2010-11

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

INST 401 Global Futures
Early post-Cold War era optimism about a future of increasing democracy, prosperity, and peace has given way in recent years to concerns about resurgent authoritarianism, global economic instability, and even the prospect of major power war. This seminar will examine and debate various images of the global future through reading and discussion of a series of provocative books and articles that attempt to assess the trajectory of current global trends. Those readings will be selected with an eye toward reinforcing and deepening your understanding of each of the core areas of the IS major-- IR theory, US foreign policy, international economics, and even diplomatic history ("what's past is prologue"), with applicability to all of the concentrations pursued by IS majors.

Spring 2019

POSC 170 International Relations
Cross-listed with INST 170-02.

INST 170 International Relations
Cross-listed with POSC 170-02.

INST 271 Ethics & Internat'l Security
Cross-listed with POSC 271-01.

POSC 271 Ethics & Internat'l Security
Cross-listed with INST 271-01.

POSC 550 Independent Research