Susan D. Hyde

Professor of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley


Susan D. Hyde is 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. She teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics. She was elected to serve a three year term as the Executive Director of the Evidence in Governance and Politics network from 2016-2018.

She is an expert on international election observation, election fraud, and democracy promotion. She has served as an international election observer 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. In cooperation with the Carter Center, she has piloted methods for introducing the random assignment of short term election observers to the deployment plans used by international observers.

She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2006, when she received the Juan Linz Award for the best dissertation in the comparative study of democracy, and was the official runner up for the Helen Dwight Reid Award for the best dissertation in international history, law, or politics. She has held residential fellowships at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and Princeton University's Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. She was a professor at Yale University from 2006-2016.

Her first 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, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, The Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Political Analysis, 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.

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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

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

"Surviving Elections: Election Violence, Incumbent Victory, and Post-Election Repercussions" (with Emilie M. Hafner-Burton and Ryan Jablonski) forthcoming (2018) in British Journal of Political Science.

"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.
-Replication Data Archive

"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.
-Replication Data in Stata format (zipped)

"International Scrutiny and Pre-Electoral Fiscal Manipulation" (with Angela O'Mahony). Vol. 72, no. 3, July 2010, pp. 1-14. Journal of Politics.
-Online Appendix
-Variable Descriptions
-Stata 11 Replication Code
-Replication Dataset (Stata 11)

"Experimenting with Democracy Promotion: International Observers and the 2004 Presidential Elections in Indonesia." 2010. Perspectives on Politics.
-Online Appendix

"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.
-Supplementary Materials
-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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