UC Riverside Academic Senate

2015-16 Graduate Dissertation/Mentoring Award

The 2015–16 Graduate Dissertation Mentoring Award: Professor David Pion-Berlin

David S. Pion-Berlin
Political Science

Each year the Graduate Council and Graduate Division present the Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award to one or two UCR faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the training of advanced graduate students. It is my pleasure to announce that this year’s winner is David Pion-Berlin.

Dr. David Pion-Berlin is a Professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his BA (1974) from Colgate University, and MA and PhD (1981, 1984) from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Dr. Pion-Berlin has been at UCR since 1991, where he started as an Associate Professor. His interests lie in both comparative politics and international relations, with emphasis on Latin American Politics, Civil Military Relations, Security and Defense, Political Repression, Human Rights, Regional Security, and International Influences on Latin America. He has mentored 21 graduate students at UCR, an impressive quantity, but he has never lost a focus on quality as well. Former students speak uniformly of his commitment to their education and subsequent careers, with many describing how their relationship with Dr. Pion-Berlin has remained influential for years beyond receipt of their degrees. His dedication is reflected in the many prestigious positions his students have obtained after graduation. For his many efforts in mentoring graduate students, he is being honored with the Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award.

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