Email: clara [dot] suong [at] vt [dot] edu

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Welcome! I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech. I'm also Deputy Director of the Tech4Humanity Lab (Computational Social Science Initiatives) and a Research Associate of the Center for Humanities (2020-2021) at Virginia Tech as well as an External Research Associate of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University's Department of Political Science and a Postdoctoral Associate in the Wilf Family Department of Politics and the Center for Data Science at New York University, supervised by Arthur Spirling. My research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. I was born in Minneapolis, MN and came of age in Seoul, Korea.


I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, an M.A. in Politics from New York University, and a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Law from Seoul National University.


Title: In the Name of National Interest: Persuasion in Security Politics

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

Selected Peer-Reviewed Research

Connelly, Matthew, Raymond Hicks, Robert Jervis, Arthur Spirling, and Clara H. Suong (2020). ``Diplomatic Documents Data for International Relations: The Freedom of Information Archive (FOIArchive) Database.” Conflict Management and Peace Science: 1-20.

Suong, Clara H., Scott Desposato, and Erik Gartzke (2020). ``How Democratic is the Democratic Peace? A Survey Experiment of Political Preferences in Brazil and China." Brazilian Political Science Review, 14(1), e0002. doi:10.1590/1981-3821202000010002

Suong, Clara H. (2019). ``6. PAKISTAN, 2001–11: Washington’s Small Stick." In Eli Berman, David A. Lake (Eds.), Proxy Wars: Suppressing Violence through Local Agents (pp. 159–184). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. doi:10.7591/9781501733093-009

Norpoth, Helmut, Andrew H. Sidman, and Clara H. Suong (2013). ``Polls and Elections: The New Deal Realignment in Real Time." Presidential Studies Quarterly, 43 (1): 146-166. doi:10.1111/psq.12007

Selected Presentation

Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology, MIT, July 2019

Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, August 2018

Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology, Brigham Young University, July 2018

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

Proxy Wars Conference, George Washington University, September 2016

Experiments in International Relations Conference, Princeton University, May 2014

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

Selected Teaching

I am serving as a co-Instructor of Record at Virginia Tech and have served as an Instructor of Record and a Teaching Assistant at the University of California, San Diego and Stony Brook University for the following courses:

Foundations of Security Environments

World Politics

Introduction to International Relations

War and Society

National Security Strategy

U.S. Foreign Policy

International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

Data Analytics for the Social Sciences

Political Inquiry

Quantitative Methods [Ph.D.]


Reviewer: American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Communication, Review of International Organizations, International Journal of Public Opinion Research