Bio

Nikolay Marinov, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Houston

Marinov has published on countriesʼ post-coup trajectories, on peacekeeping, foreign aid, election observation.  He is currently working on three projects.  One is on theory and practice of states intervening in the elections of other states.  This project has generated a book, titled ``Rules and Allies: Foreign Election Interventions'', 2019, Cambridge University Press.   The second project exploits a new original dataset of more than 900 government documents, containing the full text of American economic sanctions. The third project develops a theory of the comparative use of modern propaganda within and between states. It proposes explanations of the spread of conspiratorial narratives, anti-refugee stories, among others, and aims to test those on a corpus of news media articles in Europe.   He has helped collect, with Susan Hyde, the NELDA dataset of elections around the world.  Marinov's work has been supported by the German Science Foundation.  He received his BA from the American University in Bulgaria and a PhD in Political Science (Masterʼs in Economics) from Stanford University.  He has held positions at University of Sydney, UCLA, Yale, and the at the University of Mannheim, where he was the Chair for Empirical Democracy Research.