Daniel Nielson is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University.  He is co-founder, principal investigator, and former Chief Social Scientist of AidData. He received his PhD in international affairs from University of California – San Diego in 1997.  


Most Recent Book: Michael Findley, Daniel Nielson, and Jason Sharman. 2014. Global Shell Games: Experiments in Transnational Relations, Crime, and TerrorismCambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

Helen Milner, Daniel Nielson, and Michael Findley. “Citizen Preferences and Public Goods: Comparing Preferences for Foreign Aid and Government Programs in Uganda.” Review of International Organizations (forthcoming).

Edwin Muchapondwa, Daniel L. Nielson, Bradley Parks, Austin M. Strange, and Michael J. Tierney. “‘Ground­­-Truthing’ Chinese Development Finance in Africa: Field Evidence from South Africa and Uganda.” Journal of Development Studies (forthcoming).

Aaron Chatterji, Michael Findley, Nathan Jensen, Stephan Meier, and Daniel Nielson. 2016. “Field Experiments in Strategy Research.” Strategic Management Journal 37, 1 (January): 116-132.

Michael Findley, Daniel Nielson, and Jason Sharman. 2015. “Causes of Non-Compliance with International Law: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Financial Transparency.” American Journal of Political Science.

Michael G. Findley, Daniel L. Nielson, and J.C. Sharman. 2013.  "Using Field Experiments in International Relations: A Randomized Study on Anonymous Incorporation." International Organization. 67(4)

Shima Baradaran, Michael Findley, Daniel Nielson and J.C. Sharman. 2013. "Does International Law Matter?" Minnesota Law Review 97, 3: 743-837.

Michael Findley, Daniel Nielson and Jason Sharman. 2012. PEDL Policy Report: "Global Shell Games: Testing Money Launderers’ and Terrorist Financiers’ Access to Shell Companies."  (Featured in the 22 September 2012 edition of The Economist in "Shell Companies: Launderers Anonymous")

Jay Goodliffe, Darren Hawkins, Christine Horne, and Daniel Nielson. 2012. "Dependence Networks and the International Criminal Court." International Studies Quarterly.

Richard Nielsen, Michael Findley, Zachary Davis, Tara Candland, and Daniel Nielson. 2011. "Foreign Aid Shocks as a Cause of Violent Armed Conflict." American Journal of Political Science.

See also the Political Economy and Development Lab (PEDL).