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Daniel Nielson

ProfessorPhD, University of California – San Diego

Daniel Nielson



Daniel Nielson is Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a faculty member at UT-Austin’s Innovations for Peace and Development. He previously worked as a professor of political science at Brigham Young University. In 2018 he was a visiting research fellow at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. He is a co-founder and former Chief Social Scientist of AidData. He is also co-founder and former Director of the Global Politics Lab at Brigham Young University. He received his PhD in international affairs from University of California – San Diego in 1997. 

His research focuses on international development, foreign aid, the control of corruption, and international organization. He specializes in the use of transnational field experiments to learn about causal effects in political economy. He is co-author of Global Shell Games: Experiments in Transnational Relations, Crime, and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press 2014) and co-editor of Delegation and Agency in International Organizations (Cambridge 2006). He has also authored and co-authored articles in Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesAmerican Journal of Political ScienceInternational OrganizationJournal of PoliticsBritish Journal of Political Science, Science Advances, World DevelopmentComparative Political StudiesInternational Studies QuarterlyUniversity of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Strategic Management Journal, among other journals.


GOV 355M • Intl Pol Econ Low-Incm Countrs

38970 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM RLP 0.108

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GOV 385L • Seminar In Field Experiments

39209 • Fall 2021
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM BAT 5.102

Seminar in Methodology.

GOV 388L • Transnational Relations-Wb

38927 • Spring 2021
Meets TH 9:30AM-12:30PM
Internet; Synchronous

Seminar in International Relations.

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