Research

I am a comparative politics scholar with a substantive focus on authoritarian politics, populism, and information manipulation. Although I have a particular interest and expertise in China, I also have several research projects that address these topics in other regions of the world, including Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Methodologically, I’m interested in experiments, measurement issues, quantitative text analysis, and computational social science.

Peer-reviewed Articles:

Editor-reviewed Articles:

  • Yaoyao Dai and Luwei Luqiu. “International Propaganda”, To be published in Fall 2018 issue of CP: Newsletter of the Comparative Politics Organized Section of the American Political Science Association.
  • Yaoyao Dai and Zijie Shao. 2016. “Populism as a Strategy of Authoritarian Survival in China: Concept and Measurement”, CP: Newsletter of the Comparative Politics Organized Section of the American Political Science Association 26(2): 31-40.

Other Publications:

Under Review:

Working papers:

Works in Progress:

  • Yaoyao Dai and Chiedo Nwankwor, “Anti-corruption Campaigns and Popular Support for the Government: A Survey Experiment in Nigeria.”
  • Yaoyao Dai and Matt Golder, “Identifying Party Families with Cluster Analysis.”
  • Yaoyao Dai and Alexander Kustov, “When Do (and Don’t) Politicians use Populist Rhetoric? A Mobilization Model of Populism.”
  • Yaoyao Dai and Burt Monroe, “Better Word Embedding Methods for Social Science Research.”