Susan D. Hyde
Professor of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
Susan D. Hyde is a Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley, and the Avice M. Saint Chair in Public Policy. She studies international influences on domestic politics, teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics, and is active in promoting policy-relevant research.
She is an expert on international election observation, election fraud, and democracy promotion. Her research on election observation included serving on missions with several organizations in Afghanistan, Albania, Indonesia, Liberia, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Venezuela, and she has worked with the Carter Center, the National Democratic Institute, Democracy International, the International Republican Institute, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems on democracy promotion issues and researching how democracy promoting organizations can evaluate the effects of their work.
She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2006, was a professor at Yale University from 2006-2016, and held residential fellowships at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and Princeton University's Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. She was recognized with the Karl Deutch Award from the International Studies Association in 2018 and delivered the 2017 Linfield College commencement address, where she received her BA in 2000. From 2016-2018 she served a three year elected term as the Executive Director of the Evidence in Governance and Politics network. She currently serves on the editorial boards of International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, and the Journal of Politics.
Her book, "The Pseudo-Democrat's Dilemma: Why Election Observation Became an International Norm", was published by Cornell University Press in 2011. It won the International Studies Association's 2012 Chadwick Alger Prize for the best book on international organization and multilateralism, APSA's 2012 Comparative Democratization Section best book award, and the 2012 Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for the best book on an international topic by a member of the Yale ladder faculty. Her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, the Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, Political Analysis, the Review of International Organizations, Science Advances, and World Politics. She has contributed to a several edited volumes and other publications.
With Nikolay Marinov, she has complied the National Elections Across Democracy and Autocracy (NELDA) dataset, which is freely available to other scholars and practitioners, and provides detailed data on all national elections throughout the world from 1945-2012.
International Organizations (Undergraduate Lecture)
Research & Writing (PhD)
Theories of International Relations (PhD)
International Relations and Domestic Politics (PhD)
The Global Spread of Elections (Undergraduate Seminar)
Books and Chapters
2019. Thad Dunning, Guy Grossman, Macartan Humphreys, Susan D. Hyde, Craig McIntosh, and Gareth Nellis, eds., with Claire L. Adida, Eric Arias, Clara Bichalho, Taylor C. Boas, Mark T. Buntaine, Sarah S. Bush, Simon Chauchard, Anirvan Chowdhury, Jessica Gottlieb, F. Daniel Hidalgo, Marcus Holmlund, Ryan Jablonski, Eric Kramon, Horacio Larreguy, Malte Lierl, John Marshall, Gwyneth McClendon, Marcus A. Melo, Daniel L. Nielson, Paula M. Pickering, Melina R. Platas, Pablo Querubín, Pia Raffler, Catlan Reardon, and Neelanjan Sircar. Information, Accountability, and Cumulative Learning: Lessons from Metaketa I. Cambridge University Press.
The Pseudo-Democrat's Dilemma: Why Election Observation Became an International Norm, 2011 from Cornell University Press. Support the publisher here or Amazon here.
Election Fraud: Detecting and Deterring Electoral Manipulation, Edited with R. Michael Alvarez and Thad E. Hall. 2008. Washington: Brookings Institution Press. My chapter, "How International Observers Detect and Deter Election Fraud" as Chapter 12.
"International Dimensions of Elections" in Dynamics of Democratization, Edited by Nathan Brown. 2011. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press
"Why Believe International Election Monitors?" in Credibility and Non-Governmental Organizations in a Globalizing World: When Virtue is Not Enough, edited by Peter Gourevitch, David A. Lake, and Janice Gross Stein. Cambridge University Press.
"Election Administration, Election Observation and Election Quality" in Handbook on Comparative Political Institutions, edited by Jennifer Gandhi and Ruben Ruiz-Rufino. 2014. Routledge.
"Conducting Research with NGOs: Relevant Counterfactuals from the Perspective of Subjects" (with David W. Nickerson) in Ethics and Experiments: Problems and Solutions for Social Scientists and Policy Makers, edited by Scott Desposato. 2015. Routledge.
Published or Forthcoming Articles
Susan D. Hyde, "Democracy's Backsliding in the International Environment," Science 04 Sep 2020: Vol. 369, Issue 6508, pp. 1192-1196. Abstract, [Full text] (http://science.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/369/6508/1192?ijkey=6wwLnqH2hsh/g&keytype=ref&siteid=sci), Reprint
Susan D. Hyde and Elizabeth N. Saunders, "Recapturing Regime Type in International Relations: Leaders, Institutions, and Agency Space," Spring 2020, International Organization.
Thad Dunning, Guy Grossman, Macartan Humphreys, Susan D. Hyde, Craig McIntosh, Gareth Nellis, Claire L. Adida, Eric Arias, Clara Bicalho, Taylor C. Boas, Mark T. Buntaine, Simon Chauchard, Anirvan Chowdhury, Jessica Gottlieb, G. Daniel Hidalgo, Marcus Holmlund, Ryan Jablonski, Eric Kramon, Horacio Larreguy, Malte Lierl, John Marshall, Gwyneth McClendon, Marcus A. Melo, Daniel L. Nielson, Paula M. Pickering, Melina R. Platas, Pablo Querubín, Pia Raffler, and Neelanjan Sircar. 2019. “Voter information campaigns and political accountability: Cumulative findings from a preregistered meta-analysis of coordinated trials.” Science Advances, 5:7.
Simone Dietrich, Susan D. Hyde, and Matthew S. Winters, “Overseas Credit Claiming and Domestic Support for Foreign Aid.” Journal of Experimental Political Science. Published online May 14, 2019.
Daniel L. Nielson, Susan D. Hyde, and Judith Kelley, “The Elusive Sources of Legitimacy Beliefs: Civil Society View of International Election Observers.” Review of International Organizations. Available online, January 03, 2019.
"Surviving Elections: Election Violence, Incumbent Victory, and Post-Election Repercussions" (with Emilie M. Hafner-Burton and Ryan Jablonski. in British Journal of Political Science. 2018, 48:2 pp. 459-488. Published online 19 Dec 2016.
"Does Fraud Trump Partisanship? The Impact of Contentious Elections on Voter Confidence" (with Thad E. Hall and Elizabeth Iams Wellman), 2017. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties.
"Experiments in International Relations: Lab, Survey, and Field" 2015, Annual Review of Political Science. 18: pp. 403-424.
"Information and Self-Enforcing Democracy: The Role of International Election Observation" (with Nikolay Marinov) 2014, International Organization. 68:2, pp. 329-359.
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"When Do Governments Resort to Election Violence?" (with Emilie M. Hafner-Burton and Ryan S. Jablonski). 2014, British Journal of Political Science. 44: 1, pp 149-179.
"Which Elections Can Be Lost?" (with Nikolay Marinov) 2012, Political Analysis. 20,2: 191-210.
"Catch Us if You Can: Election Monitoring and International Norm Creation" 2011, American Journal of Political Science. Volume 55, Issue 2.
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"International Scrutiny and Pre-Electoral Fiscal Manipulation" (with Angela O'Mahony). Vol. 72, no. 3, July 2010, pp. 1-14. Journal of Politics.
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"Experimenting with Democracy Promotion: International Observers and the 2004 Presidential Elections in Indonesia." 2010. Perspectives on Politics.
"The Future of Field Experiments in International Relations" 2010. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.
"The Observer Effect in International Politics: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," 2007. World Politics.
"In the Shadow of Democracy Promotion: Strategic Manipulation, International Observers, and Election Boycotts" (with Emily Beaulieu), March 2009 in Comparative Political Studies.
-Replication Data in Stata format
Selected Working Papers
Papers available on the Political Science Network at SSRN
National Elections Across Democracy and Autocracy (NELDA)
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