Daniela Donno PhD, Yale University, 2008

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Daniela Donno is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2008. Her research interests center on international organizations, law, and norms, with a particular focus on the international influences on elections,  human rights, and women’s rights. Her book, Defending Democratic Norms (Oxford University Press), explores how international actors can promote democracy in countries that hold flawed elections. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Politics, World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and Comparative Political Studies.  


Areas of Expertise

International Organization       International Law
Democratization                    Women’s Rights
Human Rights                  
International Norms          



Can Human Rights Conditionality Reduce Repression? Examining the European Union’s Economic Agreements,” with Michael Neureiter. Review of International Organizations.


Donno, Daniela, Shawna Metzger and Bruce Russett. "Screening Out Risk: IGOs, Member State Selection and Interstate Conflict" Working Paper: University of Pittsburgh.

"Elections and Democratization in Authoritarian Regimes.” 2013. American Journal of Political Science  57(3).

Defending Democratic Norms: International Actors and the Politics of Electoral Misconduct. 2013. New York: Oxford University Press.


“Does Cheating Pay? The Effect of Electoral Misconduct on Party Systems” with Nasos Roussias. 2012.  Comparative Political Studies 45(5). [LINK]

“Can International Election Monitoring Harm Governance?” with Alberto Simpser. 2012. Journal of Politics 74(2). [LINK]

"Who is Punished? Regional Intergovernmental Organizations and the Enforcement of Democratic Norms." 2010. International Organization 64(4): 593-625. [LINK]

Working Papers

“Authoritarian Institutions and Women’s Rights.” with Anne Kreft.                   

“David and Goliath? How Small Developing Economies Respond to Large Emerging Markets,” with Nita Rudra.


“Heretics and Infidels: International Legal Commitments and the Enforcement of Human Rights,” with Nikolay Marinov. 



0500 World Politics

1503 International Organizations

1581 International Democracy Promotion

2501 International Relations Theory

2502 International Organization