Email: csuong [at] ucsd [dot] edu

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Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Wilf Family Department of Politics and the Center for Data Science at New York University, supervised by Arthur Spirling and funded by the National Science Foundation. I was born in Minneapolis, MN.


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 Research

Suong, Clara H. ``Pakistan, 2001-2011: Washington’s Small Stick" in Proxy Wars: Suppressing Violence through Local Agents edited by Eli Berman and David A. Lake. Cornell University Press, 2019.

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.

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

Connelly, Matthew, Raymond Hicks, Robert Jervis, Arthur Spirling, and Clara H. Suong. ``Diplomatic Documents Data for International Relations: The Computational and Historical Resources on Nations and Organizations for the Social Sciences (CHRONOS) Database.” R & R.

Selected Presentation

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

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 (Poster)

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

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 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

Data Analytics for the Social Sciences

Political Inquiry

Quantitative Methods [Ph.D.]


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