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 Juniorprofessor for Empirical Democracy Research 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.
“Uncovering the Persuasive Effects of Democratic Criticism from the Outside”
“The Effects of Aid on Human Rights and Democracy: Evidence from the Rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union” (with Peter Aronow and Allison Carnegie)
“Does Electoral Proximity Affect Security Policy?” (with William Nomikos and Joshua Robbins)
“Process or Party? Explaining Foreign Interventions in Democratizing Countries”
“Foreign Support and the Electoral Performance of Candidates” (with Milan Svolik)
“Floods and Corruption: Evidence from Local Government in Bulgaria” (with Elena Nikolova)
“Infidels or Heretics? Sanctions and Human Rights Treaties” (with Daniela Donno)
“Sanctions and Democracy” (with Shmuel Nili)
“Political Oppositions and Security Alliances: NATO and the Left” (with Andrea Ceron)
“Does Social Media Promote Civic Activism? Evidence from a Field Experiment” (with Lyubomir Kostadinov and Frank Schimmelfennig)