Susan D. Hyde studies international influences on domestic politics, particularly in the developing world. She is an expert on international election observation, election fraud, and democracy promotion. She has served as an international election observer with several organizations in Afghanistan, Albania, Indonesia, Liberia, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Venezuela, and she has worked with the Carter Center, the National Democratic Institute, and the International Republican Institute on democracy promotion issues and researching how democracy promoting organizations can evaluate the effects of their work. In cooperation with the Carter Center, she has piloted methods for introducing the random assignment of short term election observers to the deployment plans used by international observers.
She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2006, where she received the Juan Linz Award for the best dissertation in the comparative study of democracy, and was the official runner up for the Helen Dwight Reid Award for the best dissertation in international history, law, or politics. She has held residential fellowships at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance.