Daniela  Donno

Email: donno@pitt.edu


Mailing Address:

4600 Wesley Posvar Hall

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15260


I am associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh. My primary research project explores how international actors can promote and defend democratic norms. My book focuses in particular on questions revolving around electoral misconduct: When, where and how does the international community respond to flawed elections? How does this international involvement influence prospects for democratization, alternation in power and improved electoral conduct in the future? How do the efforts of regional organizations to defend democratic norms compare to those of the United States and the United Nations? The answers to these questions influence our understanding of how international norms and commitments are enforced, as well as the conditions under which commitments to democracy within international organizations are costly and credible.  


In related work, I examine the unintended consequences of international election monitoring; the conditions under which elections lead to democratization; as well as the effects of electoral manipulation on party system development.


In 2015, I was awarded a Fulbright grant for research in Cyprus (January – July 2015), for a project that employs experimental methods to study how different types of interpersonal contact affect the attitudes that Greek- and Turkish-Cypriots hold about the other. The study will shed light on the microfoundations of building peace in longstanding frozen ethnic conflicts.