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
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
- Experiments in Governance & Politics Network
- Daniel L Nielson, Michael G. Findley, J. C. Sharman (2015). Causes of Non-Compliance with International Law: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Financial Transparency. American Journal of Political Science.
- Shima Baradaran, Michael G. Findley, Daniel L Nielson, J. C. Sharman (2014). Funding Terror.
- Jay Michael Goodliffe, Darren Greg Hawkins, Laura Christine Horne, Daniel L Nielson (2012). Dependence Networks and the International Criminal Court. International Studies Quarterly.
- Zachary Christensen, Dustin Homer, Daniel L Nielson (2011). Dodging Adverse Selection: How Donor Type and Governance Condition Aid's Effects on School Enrollment. World Development.
- Michael J. Tierney, Daniel L Nielson, Darren Greg Hawkins, J. Timmons Roberts, Michael G Findley, Ryan M. Powers, Bradley Parks, Sven Eric Wilson, Robert L. Hicks (2011). More Dollars than Sense: Refining Our Knowledge of Development Finance Using AidData. World Development.
- Rich Nielsen, Michael G Findley, Zach Davis, Tara Candland, Daniel L Nielson (2011). Foreign Aid Shocks as a Cause of Violent Armed Conflict. American Journal of Political Science.
- Mona M. Lyne, Daniel L Nielson, Michael J. Tierney (2009). Controlling Coalitions: Social Lending at the Multilateral Development Banks. Review of International Organizations.
- Scott B Cooper, Darren Greg Hawkins, Wade Anthony Jacoby, Daniel L Nielson (2008). Yielding Sovereignty to International Institutions: Bringing System Structure Back In. International Studies Review.