I specialize in international relations, with an emphasis on how the international community affects democratization.  I have looked at why coup leaders hold elections; at sanctions and the fate of leaders; at the role of aid in liberalization; at whether “electing friends” – states siding with the candidates running for office in other countries – works.   Part of my work involves survey research, experiments (natural, survey- and field- ones), and geo-coded data.  I have helped create NELDA, an original dataset on elections and democracy.  I received my BA from the American University in Bulgaria and a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.  Previously, I have held faculty positions at the University of California at Los Angeles and at Yale University.  At present, I am a faculty member of the Department of Social Science at the University of Mannheim, Germany.

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Publications:

Marinov, Nikolay.  2005.  “Do Economic Sanctions Destabilize Country Leaders?” American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 49, pp. 564-576

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Hyde, Susan and Nikolay Marinov. 2012. “Which Elections Can Be Lost?” Political Analysis, Vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 191-210

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Corstange, Daniel and Nikolay Marinov. 2012. “Taking Sides in Other People’s Elections: The Polarizing Effect of Foreign Intervention.” American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 53, 2012, pp. 655-670.  MPSA Best Paper Award.

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Kinne, Brandon and Nikolay Marinov. 2013. “Electoral Authoritarianism and Credible Signaling in International Relations”.  Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 57, pp. 359-386

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Marinov, Nikolay. 2013. “Voter Attitudes When Democracy Promotion Turns Partisan: Evidence from a Survey-Experiment in Lebanon”.  Democratization, Vol. 20, pp. 1297-1321

Hyde, Susan and Nikolay Marinov.  2014.  “Information and Self-Enforcing Democracy: the Role of International Election Observation”.   International Organization,  Vol. 68, Spring 2014, pp. 329–359.

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Goemans, Hein and Nikolay Marinov.  2014. “Coups and Democracy”.   British Journal of Political Science,  Vol. 44, October 2014, pp. 799–825.

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 Under review

“Does Electoral Proximity Affect Security Policy?” (with William Nomikos and Joshua Robbins)

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“Foreign Aid, Human Rights and Democracy Promotion: Evidence from a Natural Experiment”  (with Peter Aronow and Allison Carnegie)

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“Who Listens When Foreigners Criticize Democracy?”

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 Working Papers

“Sanctions and Democracy” (with Shmuel Nili): invited as research commentary in International Interactions for 2015

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“Floods and Corruption: Evidence from Local Government in Bulgaria” (with Elena Nikolova)

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“Infidels or Heretics? Sanctions and Human Rights Treaties” (with Daniela Donno)

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“Does Social Media Promote Civic Activism? Evidence from a Field Experiment” (with Lyubomir Kostadinov and Frank Schimmelfennig)

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“Foreign Support and the Electoral Performance of Candidates” (with Milan Svolik)

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“Process or Party? Explaining Foreign Interventions in Democratizing Countries”

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“Political Oppositions and Security Alliances: NATO and the Left” (with Andrea Ceron)

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