Daniel Nielson is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He is a founder and principal investigator of AidData. He received his PhD in international affairs from University of California – San Diego in 1997. He has been a visiting scholar at Duke University, the College of William and Mary, and the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Economicas (CIDE) in Mexico. He has been a principal investigator on major grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID. He has also served as a consultant for the World Bank and UNICEF.
His research focuses on international development, foreign aid, the control of corruption, international organization, and international law. He specializes in the use of transnational field experiments to learn about causal effects in political economy. He has co-authored Global Shell Games: Experiments in Transnational Relations, Crime, and Terrorism (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press) and co-edited Delegation and Agency in International Organizations (Cambridge 2006). He has also authored articles in the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, World Development, Comparative Political Studies, and International Studies Quarterly, among other journals.