Email: csuong [at] ucsd [dot] edu

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Curriculum Vitae


Welcome! I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. My substantive research interests lie in the intersection of security politics, the domestic-international nexus in politics, and the politics of information. Methodologically, I am interested in text analysis, formal modeling, and survey experiments.


Title: In the Name of National Interest: Persuasion by Democratic Coercion and Delegation in Security Politics

Committee: Branislav L. Slantchev, David A. Lake, Margaret E. Roberts, Samuel Kernell, Joel Sobel


I received an M.A. in Political Science (Political Psychology) from Stony Brook University, an (terminal) M.A. in Politics from New York University, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Seoul National University.

Selected Research

Suong, Clara H. ``Pakistan, 2001-2011: Washington’s Small Stick" in Proxy Wars: Suppressing Transnational Threats through Local Agents edited by David A. Lake and Eli Berman. Cornell University Press, Forthcoming.

Norpoth, Helmut, Sidman, Andrew H., and Suong, Clara H. (2013), ``Polls and Elections: The New Deal Realignment in Real Time." Presidential Studies Quarterly, 43 (1): 146–166.

Suong, Clara H., Desposato, Scott, and Gartzke, Erik. ``How Democratic is the Democratic Peace? A Survey Experiment of Political Preferences in Brazil and China" (Under Review).

Selected Presentation

American Political Science Association Political Communication Pre-Conference, University of San Francisco, August 2017

Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, July 2017 (Poster)

Proxy Wars Conference, George Washington University, September 2016

Cross-Domain Deterrence Workshop, Borrego Springs, CA, January 2016

Annual California Graduate Student Conference, Center for the Study of Democracy, UC Irvine, May 2015

Southern California Comparative Political Science Conference, UC Santa Barbara, September 2013

Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, WA, September 2011

Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2011

Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC, September 2010

Selected Teaching (Course Material)

I have served as an Instructor of Record or a Teaching Assistant at the University of California, San Diego and Stony Brook University for the following courses:

World Politics

Introduction to International Relations

War and Society

National Security Strategy

U.S. Foreign Policy

International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

Political Inquiry

Quantitative Methods [Ph.D.]