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.
Marinov, Nikolay. 2005. “Do Economic Sanctions Destabilize Country Leaders?” American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 49, pp. 564-576
Hyde, Susan and Nikolay Marinov. 2012. “Which Elections Can Be Lost?” Political Analysis, Vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 191-210
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.
Kinne, Brandon and Nikolay Marinov. 2013. “Electoral Authoritarianism and Credible Signaling in International Relations”. Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 57, pp. 359-386
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.
Goemans, Hein and Nikolay Marinov. 2014. “Coups and Democracy”. British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 44, October 2014, pp. 799–825.
“Does Electoral Proximity Affect Security Policy?” (with William Nomikos and Joshua Robbins)
“Foreign Aid, Human Rights and Democracy Promotion: Evidence from a Natural Experiment” (with Peter Aronow and Allison Carnegie)
“Who Listens When Foreigners Criticize Democracy?”
“Sanctions and Democracy” (with Shmuel Nili): invited as research commentary in International Interactions for 2015
“Floods and Corruption: Evidence from Local Government in Bulgaria” (with Elena Nikolova)
“Infidels or Heretics? Sanctions and Human Rights Treaties” (with Daniela Donno)
“Does Social Media Promote Civic Activism? Evidence from a Field Experiment” (with Lyubomir Kostadinov and Frank Schimmelfennig)
“Foreign Support and the Electoral Performance of Candidates” (with Milan Svolik)
“Process or Party? Explaining Foreign Interventions in Democratizing Countries”
“Political Oppositions and Security Alliances: NATO and the Left” (with Andrea Ceron)