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Daniel Nielson is a Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He is the co-founder, former Chief Social Scientist, and a principal investigator of AidData. He received his PhD in international affairs from University of California – San Diego in 1997. His scholarship focuses on international development, foreign aid, international organizations, and international field experiments. He is co-author of Global Shell Games: Experiments in Transnational Relations, Crime and Terrorism and co-editor of Delegation and Agency in International Organizations, both published by Cambridge University Press. He has also authored articles in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Politics, World Development, Comparative Political Studies, and International Studies Quarterly, among other journals.

    Research Interests

    International Development, Foreign Aid, International Organizations, and International Field Experiments


    • Best Paper Award from Experimental Research Section, American Political Science Association, 2013
    • Fiona McGillivray Prize for Best Paper from Political Economy Section, American Political Science Association, 2013
    • Yale H. Ferguson Best Book Award from International Studies Association Northeast, 2016

    Professional Affiliations

    • Experiments in Governance & Politics Network
    • American Political Science Association
    • Midwest Political Science Association
    • International Political Economy Society