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

2017-2018 Academic Year

Spring 2018

POSC 253 Russian Politics
An introduction to contemporary Russian politics and policy, set against the backdrop of both the communist legacy and traditional Russian political culture. Coverage includes political institutions such as the presidency and the legislature, political processes and behavior such as elections and voting, and key policy issues such as economic policy. The course will conclude with an examination of Russia's evolving place and role in the international system. Prerequisite: one course in political science or permission of the instructor.

INST 404 Integrated Study
The purpose of the course is to help students review and integrate the diverse components of the International Studies major. Prerequisites: senior standing in the INST major and prior completion of INST 401.