Richard 'Ricky' Clark is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He is also an incoming Postdoctoral Fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University and an incoming Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University.

He specializes in International Relations and International Political Economy, and he has passed the comprehensive field exams in both International Relations and Comparative Politics. His current research focuses on international organizations, international trade, public opinion, and environmental politics. His dissertation project is titled "Better Together? How International Organizations Combat Complexity Through Cooperation," and it investigates (1) the conditions under which overlapping international organizations (IOs) pursue cooperation with one another, and (2) how IO cooperation affects global governance outcomes, such as the stringency of IO policies and their operational performance. He is particularly interested in policymaking at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. He has served as the Political Science Department's Lead Teaching Fellow and is also a student fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy. His research is published or forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post.

Richard received his M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in October 2017 and his M.Phil. from Columbia University in May 2019. He received his B.B.A. and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in May 2016 with a double major in Political Science and Information Technology Management. He completed an undergraduate honors thesis in the Department of Political Science titled "Playing Hardball: How American Coercive Diplomacy Shapes Globalization" addressing the connection between American coercive diplomacy and the globalization of Major League Baseball. Before coming to Columbia, he also interned in Baseball Operations with the Cincinnati Reds.

Richard grew up in Youngstown, OH and attended Cardinal Mooney High School, where he played on the golf team and participated in Speech & Debate. In his free time, you will find him playing golf, checking his Twitter, setting his fantasy baseball lineup, or watching Cleveland sports.