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Daniel Nielson, Professor

Department: Political Science



Daniel Nielson is Professor and Associate Chair of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He is a founder and 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 American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, World Development, Comparative Political Studies, and International Studies Quarterly, among other journals.


  • PHD, Univ. of California - San Diego, 1997
  • BA, Brigham Young University, 1988

Research Interests

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


  • Best Paper Award, Experimental Research Section, American Political Science Association, 2013
  • Fiona McGillivray Prize for Best Paper, Political Economy Section, American Political Science Association, 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Experiments in Governance & Politics Network

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