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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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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Marinov, Nikolay and William Nomikos and Josh Robbins. 2015. “Does Electoral Proximity Affect Security Policy?”  Journal of Politics,  forthcoming.

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Marinov, Nikolay and Shmuel Nili. 2015. “Sanctions and Democracy”. International Interactions,  forthcoming.

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 Under review

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

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“Can Outsiders Change Minds on Domestic Freedoms? An Experimental Approach”

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“Do Public Fund Windfalls Increase Corruption? Evidence from a Natural Disaster” (with Elena Nikolova)

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Working Papers

“Does Social Media Promote Civic Optimism? Evidence from a Field Experiment” (with Florian Foos, 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”

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

“Political Oppositions and Security Alliances” (with Andrea Ceron)





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