Richard Clark is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia 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 dissertation project, "Better Together? A Theory of IO Cooperation," examines the causes and consequences of cooperation among international organizations (IOs). His other research focuses on international trade, environmental politics, and public opinion. He is also a student fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP).
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, chances are you will find him playing golf, checking his Twitter, setting his fantasy baseball lineup, or watching Cleveland sports.