Richard Arnold is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Muskingum University. He graduated with a doctorate in Political Science from The Ohio State University in August 2009. He teaches courses on Introduction to Comparative Politics, Introduction to International Relations, the Politics of Western Europe, Ethnic Confliict and Nationalism, Post-Soviet Politics, Comparative Politics and Literature, and Theory and Methods in Political Science. He also oversees the Muskingum University Model United Nations program and the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science honorary.
Richard wrote his dissertation on ethnic violence in the Russian Federation, focusing particularly on Russia's burgeoning skinhead movement. He has published articles from the dissertation in Nationalities Papers and Problems of Post-Communism. He also wrote a review of Moscow's SOVA center for Problems of Post-Communism He returned to Southern Russia in 2011 to conduct preliminary research on the use of violence by Cossacks against members of the Meskhetian Turk ethnic minority in Krasnodar Krai and Rostov Oblast. He has established links to Southern Federal University in Rostov and hopes to be working with them again in the future.
Richard was born in the United Kingdom and went to the University of York as a undergraduate. He is married to Kerry Hodak He enjoys hiking and bicycling. He is an active member of numerous civil society organizations, including the Columbus Council on World Affairs and The Columbus International Program.