Nikolay Marinov is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston, conducting research on sanctions, election interventions, and propaganda.

Marinov 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, out with Cambridge University Press.  The book proposes a typology of interventions, develops a theory of when different strategies are adopted, and tests the theory in an original dataset of elections around the world.  Spin-off projects are in the works.  The second project exploits a new original dataset of more than 900 government documents, containing the full text of American economic sanctions. Theoretically, the project centers on how conflicts and synergies between the legislative and executive branch explain the design and success of economic coercion, and help generate human rights standards around the world as well as uphold core U.S. interests.  A grant proposal to the NSF, filed in August 2019, seeks to extend the document collection even further.  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.  A grant proposal to the German Science Foundation, filed in July 2019, seeks to extend to fund further that work.  

Marinov has published on countriesʼ post-coup trajectories, on peacekeeping, foreign aid, election observation.  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.