Nielsen, Richard. 2017. Deadly Clerics: Blocked Ambition and the Paths to Jihad. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series. | | | google books | Summary, replication materials, and photos. |

  • Supported by NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant #1159298.

Book in progress

Islamic Authority in the Internet Age. Summary.

Peer Reviewed Articles

King, Gary, Christopher Lucas, and Richard Nielsen. 2017. "The Balance-Sample Size Frontier in Matching Methods for Causal Inference," American Journal of Political Science, 61 (2): 473-489. | .pdf | software and examples | replication code and data | cited by 25 |

Nielsen, Richard. 2016. "Case Selection via Matching," Sociological Methods and Research, 45 (3): 569-597. | .pdf | case selection software | data | cited by 42 |

Nielsen, Richard, and Beth Simmons. 2015. "Rewards for Ratification: Payoffs for Participating in the International Human Rights Regime?" International Studies Quarterly, 59 (2): 197-208. | .pdf | appendix | data | coverage on | cited by 46 |

Lucas, Christopher, Richard Nielsen, Margaret Roberts, Brandon Stewart, Alex Storer, and Dustin Tingley. 2015. "Computer Assisted Text Analysis for Comparative Politics." Political Analysis, 23 (3): 254-277. | .pdf | code and data | cited by 130 | Reprinted in Advances in Political Methodology edited by Robert Franzese. Included in Political Analysis virtual issues on "Recent Innovations in Text Analysis for Social Science" and "Online Research Methods".

Nielsen, Richard. 2013. "Rewarding Human Rights? Selective Aid Sanctions against Repressive States," International Studies Quarterly, 57 (4), 791-803. | .pdf | appendix | data | cited by 86 |

Nielsen, Richard, Michael Findley, Zach Davis, Tara Candland, and Daniel Nielsen. 2011. "Foreign Aid Shocks as a Cause of Violent Armed Conflict," American Journal of Political Science, 55 (2): 219-232. | .pdf | appendix | data | coverage in the Wall Street Journal | coverage by the Monkey Cage blog | cited by 165 | Re-released as part of a virtual issue of the AJPS highlighting NSF-funded research.

Book Chapters

Nielsen, Richard. 2015. "Ethics for Experimental Manipulation of Religion," in Ethics and Experiments: Problems and Solutions for Social Scientists and Policy Professionals, Scott Desposato, editor. New York: Routledge. | .pdf | preview available via Google books | cited by 4 |

Other Writings

Nielsen, Richard. "Women will soon be issuing fatwas in Saudi Arabia. This isn’t as groundbreaking as you’d think." Monkey Cage, October 10, 2017.

Nielsen, Richard. "Anatomy by Memory: Sassoon on the Politics of Arab Authoritarianism" H-Diplo Roundtable Review, Vol. XIX, No. 6. October 9, 2017.

Nielsen, Richard. "The Changing Face of Islamic Authority in the Middle East" Middle East Brief, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University. May 9, 2016.

Nielsen, Richard. "Does the Islamic State Believe in Sovereignty?" Monkey Cage, February 6, 2015.

Mironova, Vera, Loubna Mrie, Richard Nielsen, and Sam Whitt. "Syria's Democracy Jihad: Why ISIS Fighters Support the Vote." January 13, 2015.

Nielsen, Richard. Thoughts on the Ethics of Interventions When Studying Religion and Politics in the Middle East. In "The Ethics of Research in the Middle East," POMEPS Studies 8, July 2, 2014. | .pdf |

King, Gary, Richard Nielsen, Carter Coberly, James Pope, and Aaron Wells. 2011. "Avoiding Randomization Failure in Program Evaluation, with Application to the Medicare Health Support Program," Population Health Management, 14: S11-S22. | .pdf |

King, Gary, Richard Nielsen, and Aaron Wells. 2012. "Letter to the Editor (on McCall and Cromwell)," New England Journal of Medicine, 366 (7): 667. | .pdf | full exchange |

Working Papers

"Women's Authority in Patriarchal Social Movements: The Case of Female Salafi Preachers" | .pdf | Version: 9 January 2018.

"Adjusting for Confounding with Text Matching." | .pdf | With Brandon Steward and Molly Roberts. Version: 27 February 2018. Previously titled "Matching Methods for High-Dimensional Data with Applications to Text."

"Why Propensity Scores Should Not Be Used for Matching." | .pdf | replication data and code | With Gary King. Version: 16 December, 2016.

"Comparative Effectiveness of Matching Methods for Causal Inference" | .pdf | With Gary King, Carter Coberly, James Pope, and Aaron Wells. Version: 9 December 2011. See further developments in "The Balance-Sample Size Frontier in Matching Methods for Causal Inference".

"Why Are All the Interesting Questions Hard to Answer?" | .pdf | A short think piece that might expand. Version: 27 December, 2015.


Select qualitative cases using matching: web app or R. (See "Case Selection via Matching".)

Calculate the matching frontier: R. (See "The Balance-Sample Size Frontier in Matching Methods for Causal Inference".)

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