Faculty

Richard D. Anderson Jr.

Professor

Contact Information

Email    randerso@ucla.edu
Office  4351 Bunche Hall
Phone  (310) 825-4331
Dick Anderson trained as a specialist on Soviet politics and foreign policy, to which he brought an expertise on military affairs. After the Soviet Union’s dismemberment in 1991 he shifted to investigating how elections replace self-appointment of those exercising ultimate political authority. Having noticed that shifts in political discourse preceded the transition from Soviet dictatorship to Russian elections, he began studying linguistics. This longterm project of retraining and research has produced his new book Discourse, Dictators and Democrats: Russia's Place in a Global Process (Burlington, Vt: Ashgate, 2014), which documents discursive causation in the process of making democracies. (To listen to an audio podcast of Prof. Anderson describing this title at a 2015 “Book Talk” for a UCLA research center, click here) He is now engaged in revising a prequel with the working title Discourse before Democracy: Spatial Cues in Politics (under contract with Ashgate), which extends the causal argument by documenting the common traits shared between political discourse encountered in the late Soviet state and similarly undemocratic states before the eighteenth century. He is also 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, since US policy at the time took no account of the possibility for any such effects to exist, raises general questions about the responsiveness of any state’s international conduct to actions of foreign states. He is 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 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 as part of an annual summer overseas program offered by UCLA in Europe, which he initiated and brought to fruition.

Degrees

U.C. Berkeley, 1989

Fields of Study

Comparative Politics

Current Courses by Term

2017 Spring Quarter

Colonialism, Discourse, and Democracy

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Colonialism, Discourse, and Democracy

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

2016 Winter Quarter

Discourse before Democracy

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

2015 Spring Quarter

Special Studies in Comparative Politics

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

2015 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

2014 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Discourse, Dictatorship, and Democracy

2014 Spring Quarter

Special Studies in Comparative Politics

2014 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

2013 Fall Quarter

Discourse, Dictatorship, and Democracy

2013 Spring Quarter

Discourse, Dictatorship, and Democracy

2013 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

2012 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

2011 Fall Quarter

Discourse, Dictatorship, and Democracy

Comparative Political Analysis

2011 Summer Session

World Politics

2011 Spring Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

2011 Winter Quarter

Special Studies in Comparative Politics

2010 Summer Session

World Politics

2010 Spring Quarter

Special Studies in Comparative Politics

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

2009 Summer Session

World Politics

Comparative Government and Politics of Western Europe: West European Government and Politics

2009 Spring Quarter

World Politics

2008 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

World Politics

2008 Spring Quarter

Special Studies in Comparative Politics

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

2008 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

2007 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Comparative Political Analysis

Variable Topics Seminars for Majors: Politics

2007 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

2006 Fall Quarter

World Politics

2006 Spring Quarter

Government and Politics of Post-Communist States: Russia

2006 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics Seminars for Majors: Politics

2005 Fall Quarter

Comparative Political Analysis

Variable Topics Seminars for Majors: Politics

2005 Spring Quarter

Government and Politics of Post-Communist States: Russia

Variable Topics Seminars for Majors: Comparative Government

2004 Fall Quarter

Comparative Political Analysis

Variable Topics Seminars for Majors: Comparative Government

2004 Spring Quarter

Government and Politics of Post-Communist States: Russia

Seminar for Majors: Comparative Government

2003 Fall Quarter

Comparative Political Analysis

Seminar for Majors: Comparative Government

2002 Fall Quarter

Comparative Political Analysis

2002 Spring Quarter

Comparative Political Analysis

2001 Fall Quarter

Government and Politics of Post-Communist States: Russia

Seminar for Majors: Comparative Government

2001 Spring Quarter

Comparative Political Analysis

2001 Winter Quarter

Government and Politics of Post-Communist States: Russia

2000 Fall Quarter

Seminar for Majors: Comparative Government

2000 Summer Session

Special Studies in International Relations

Special Studies in Comparative Politics

2000 Spring Quarter

Comparative Political Analysis

2000 Winter Quarter

Government and Politics of Post-Communist States: Russia

1998 Fall Quarter

Comparative Political Analysis

Seminar for Majors: Politics

1998 Spring Quarter
1998 Winter Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

POL SCI 163B
Colonialism, Discourse, and Democracy

2016 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 191C
Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

2016 Spring Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 163A
Discourse before Democracy

2016 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 169
Special Studies in Comparative Politics

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 259
Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 163
Discourse, Dictatorship, and Democracy

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2014 Fall Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 168
Comparative Political Analysis

2011 Fall Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 20
World Politics

2011 Summer Session

2010 Summer Session

2009 Summer Session

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 153A
Comparative Government and Politics of Western Europe: West European Government and Politics

2009 Summer Session

POL SCI 191C
Variable Topics Seminars for Majors: Politics

2007 Spring Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 156A
Government and Politics of Post-Communist States: Russia

2006 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 191D
Variable Topics Seminars for Majors: Comparative Government

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

POL SCI C197D
Seminar for Majors: Comparative Government

2004 Spring Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 169A
Special Studies in Comparative Politics

2000 Summer Session

POL SCI 139A
Special Studies in International Relations

2000 Summer Session

POL SCI C197C
Seminar for Majors: Politics

1998 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 168

1998 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 156A

1998 Winter Quarter