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Lindsay Hundley

Lindsay Hundley

Ph.D. Candidate


Lindsay Hundley is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Stanford University, specializing in international relations. Her primary research examines why states fight over the leadership and institutions of other countries, and her book-style dissertation project explores the role of political ideology in shaping how leaders perceive threats from other countries and how the fear of subversion produces international conflict. Using a variety of large-N data sets, historical case studies, and automated text methods, Lindsay shows that pairs of countries that legitimate their rule in similar ways are more peaceful towards one another, more likely to prop each other up against domestic threats, and less likely to resort to subversion to pursue other foreign policy interests. Her research suggests that regime disputes are not simply a product of other foreign policy rivalries, but rather a source of international conflict in its own right.

In other research, Lindsay leverages advances in political methodology to shed new light on enduring questions in international politics, with a particular emphasis on experimental tests of formal models and the use of machine learning techniques to process and analyze political texts. Her work has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Politics and International Studies Perspectives.

For the 2019-20 academic year, Lindsay is a pre-doctoral research fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Previously, she was a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow at Stanford University -- one of the University's highest distinctions awarded to doctoral students for outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching, and academic leadership. Her research has also been supported by Stanford Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE), the Center for International Conflict and Cooperation (CISAC), the Stanford Center for International Conflict and Negotiation (SCICN), and the Europe Center.  

Beyond research, Lindsay has served as a teaching assistant for several courses at Stanford University, including introductory courses, advanced electives, and honors colloquia. She has also led teaching workshops for the political science department and served as a teaching assistant mentor with the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL). In 2018, Lindsay was awarded the Centennial Teaching Award in recognition for her work in undergraduate education.