Susan Hyde

Job title: 
Political Science
Center on the Politics of Development

Susan D. Hyde is a Professor of Political Science at the 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.

Research interests: 
  • Global / Transnational
  • Governance / Democracy


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