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David L. Cingranelli

Professor; Co-Director, Human Rights Institute; Co-Director

Political Science; Human Rights Institute


David Cingranelli is a Professor of Political Science. He has written widely on human rights, democracy, and governance. His 2007 book with Rodwan Abouharb, Human Rights and Structural Adjustment, (Cambridge University Press) demonstrated the negative human rights impacts of World Bank and IMF program lending in developing countries. He is a former President of the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association. Until 2012, he served as the co-director of the Cingranelli and Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Data Project, the largest and most widely used human rights data set in the world. Presently, he and Mikhail Filippov are working in collaboration with the United States Political Instability Task Force on a successor to the CIRI project, which will be called the “Rights” data project.


  • BA, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Human rights


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
  • 2007-2008

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae