Susan D. Hyde to deliver Linfield College commencement address

Susan D. HydeSusan D. Hyde, a professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley and a 2000 Linfield graduate, will deliver the commencement address to the class of 2018.

More than 640 Linfield College graduates will be honored during commencement exercises Sunday, May 27, at 10 a.m. in the Linfield Oak Grove.  

Hyde studies international influences on domestic politics and teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics. She is an expert on international election observation, election fraud and the promotion of democracy. 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, Democracy International, the International Republican Institute, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems on democracy promotion issues and researching how democracy promoting organizations can evaluate the effects of their work. 

At Berkeley, Hyde holds the Avice M. Saint Chair in Public Policy and serves as the Executive Director of the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) research network, a global network of scholars and practitioners dedicated to generating and disseminating rigorous evidence on governance, politics, and institutions.   

Her first book, “The Pseudo-Democrat’s Dilemma: Why Election Observation Became an International Norm,” was published in 2011. It won the International Studies Association’s 2012 Chadwick Alger Prize for the best book on international organization and multilateralism, APSA’s 2012 Comparative Democratization Section best book award, and the 2012 Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for the best book on an international topic by a member of the Yale ladder faculty. With Nikolay Marinov, she has compiled National Elections Across Democracy and Autocracy (NELDA) dataset, which is freely available to other scholars and practitioners, and provides detailed data on all national elections throughout the world from 1945-2010. 

Hyde graduated from Linfield College in 2000 with a degree in political science. At Linfield, she ran track and cross-country, and is the daughter of two Linfield alumni who met and married while at the college. She has an MA and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego.