Susan D. Hyde is the Robson Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley, where she is Chair of the Department of Political Science (AY 2021-2024) and co-director of the Institute of International Studies. She studies international influences on the domestic politics of sovereign states, teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics, and is active in promoting policy-relevant research. She is an expert on international election observation, election fraud, and democracy promotion. Her research on election observation included serving as an international election observer on delegations in Afghanistan, Albania, Indonesia, Liberia, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Venezuela with several organizations. She has worked with the Carter Center, the National Democratic Institute, Democracy International, the International Republican Institute, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems on democracy promotion issues and researching how democracy promoting organizations can evaluate the effects of their work.
She is a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Center for Effective Global Action, the Center on the Politics of Development, and the Center for the Study of Law and Society. She is a founding member of the Evidence in Governance and Politics research network, and a national member of the Council on Foreign Relations.