Daniela Donno is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2008. Her research centers on how international pressure, diplomacy, and monitoring shape the quality of elections and human rights around the world. Her book project, Defending Democratic Norms, explores how international actors can promote democracy in countries that hold flawed elections. Her research has been published in International Organization, World Politics and Comparative Political Studies.


Selected Projects of Note

  • United States Institute of Peace, Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship, (September 2006 – September 2007)
  • European Union Center of Excellence Faculty Research Grant, University of Pittsburgh, (January 2010)

Recent Publications

  • “Who is Punished? Regional Intergovernmental Organizations and the Enforcement of Democratic Norms.”  2010. International Organization  64(4): 593-625.
  • “Can International Election Monitoring Harm Governance?” with Alberto Simpser. Forthcoming (2012), Journal of Politics.
  • “Does Cheating Pay? The Effect of Electoral Misconduct on Party Systems,” with Nasos Roussias. Forthcoming (May 2012), Comparative Political Studies.
  • Book manuscript (under review): Defending Democratic Norms: International Actors and the Politics of Electoral Misconduct.
  • “Islam, Authoritarianism and Female Empowerment:  What are the Linkages?” with Bruce Russett. 2004. World Politics, Vol. 56 (4).

Substantive Areas

  • Elections and Political Institutions


  •   Africa
  • Asia
  • Central Asia and the Middle East
  •  E. Europe and Russia
  • Latin America

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