David A Rezvani

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Lecturer in Writing

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DAVID A. REZVANI, is a Resident Research Scholar and Lecturer at Dartmouth College. His research interests include political integration, Asian politics, and US foreign policy.  He is the author of Surpassing the Sovereign State: The Wealth, Self-Rule, and Security Advantages of Partially Independent Territories (Oxford University Press, 2014). His work has also appeared in the Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Ethnopolitics, Territory Politics Governance, and the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.  He has previously taught at Harvard University, MIT, Oxford University, Trinity College, and Boston University. He has held research fellowships at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and has won research grants from Harvard University, Oxford University, Trinity College, the Smith Richardson Foundation, Boston College, and Hong Kong University. As a speaker of English, Mandarin Chinese, and Persian, he has conducted fieldwork in Europe, China, and the Middle East.


Non-Dartmouth Location
HB 6250


Institute for Writing and Rhetoric


  • B.A. University of Washington
  • M.Sc. London School of Economics and Political Science
  • D.Phil. University of Oxford, St. Antony's College

Selected Publications

  • “Has China forgotten how order was restored to Hong Kong after the 2003 Article 23 national security protests?” South China Morning Post  3 September (2019) Available at: https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3025171/has-china-forgotten-how-order-was-restored-hong-kong-after-2003

  • Transforming fast and loose arguments into sound scholarly debate: a response to the critique of ‘partial independence beats full independence’’” Territory, Politics, Governance (2019) DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2019.1567989. https://doi.org/10.1080/21622671.2019.1567989 

  • “Partial Independence Beats Full Independence.” Territory, Politics, Governance Vol. 4(3) (2016), pp. 269-296.

  • Surpassing the Sovereign State: The Wealth, Self-Rule, and Security Advantages of Partially Independent Territories.  (Oxford University Press, 2014). More Info

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Works In Progress

  • Book on the partially independent status of Hong Kong in authoritarian China.

  • Book on US national security policy and the formation of territorial unions.

Selected Works & Activities


Debates in International Politics (Writing 5)

Politics of Asia (Government 50)

International Conflict and Cooperation (Government 50)

Nation-Building (Government 85)

International Institutions (Government 50)

Decision Making in US Foreign Policy (Government 85)