Clara H. Suong

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Virginia Tech

Clara H. Suong (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Tech. She studies the role of information and individuals in International Relations, using computational, formal, and experimental methods. Her broad research interests include International Relations, International Security, diplomacy, computational social science, survey experiments, and formal modeling.


Assistant Professor
August 2021 – Present Blacksburg, Virginia
Visiting Assistant Professor
August 2020 – August 2021 Blacksburg, Virginia
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Political Science, Duke University
September 2019 – August 2020 Durham, North Carolina
Postdoctoral Research Associate
September 2018 – August 2019 New York, New York


Ph.D. in Political Science

Peer-Reviewed Publications

(2023). Thinking Generically and Specifically in International Relations Survey Experiments. Research and Politics.

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(2021). Diplomatic Documents Data for International Relations: The Freedom of Information Archive (FOIArchive) Database. Conflict Management and Peace Science, 38(6).

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(2020). How 'Democratic' is the Democratic Peace? A Survey Experiment of Foreign Policy Preferences in Brazil and China. Brazilian Political Science Review, 14(1).

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(2019). 6. PAKISTAN, 2001–11: Washington’s Small Stick. Proxy Wars: Suppressing Violence Through Local Agents by Eli Berman and David A. Lake (Eds.).


(2013). Polls and Elections: The New Deal Realignment in Real Time. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 43(1).


Selected Accepted and Working Papers

Suong, Clara H. “Authoritarian Media Coverage of International News: The Case of North Korea." Accepted. See an early version at SSRN:

Suong, Clara H. “Unnamed but Persuasive: Quasi-Secrecy and Public Support for Foreign Policy." R&R, ISQ.

“Ubiquitous but Inconsistent: International Organizations’ Influence on Public Opinion in China, Brazil, Japan, and Sweden” With Scott Desposato and Erik Gartzke. Older version available at SSRN: R&R, IR of the Asia-Pacific.

“Rethinking the Tradeoffs of Within-Subjects Designs in International Relations Experiments.” With Scott Desposato and Erik Gartzke. Under Review.

“Public Hawkishness Toward Territorial Disputes: Evidence from China.” With Scott Desposato and Erik Gartzke. Under Review.

Selected Presentations

Chinese Politics Research in Progress Workshop (Online), 2024 (Scheduled)

Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association: 2024 (Scheduled), 2023, 2022, 2021, 2018, 2017 (Pre-Conference)

David Lake Academic Family Reunion Conference, 2024 (Scheduled)

Hack n Yack, Virginia Tech, 2024

Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association: 2024, 2023

SOWEPS Workshop, Vanderbilt University, 2024

American Political Science Association Virtual Research Group Meeting, 2024

North American Meeting of the Peace Science Society (International), Washington University in St. Louis, 2023

Journeys in World Politics Workshop, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2023

Workshop on Diplomats and Bureaucrats in International Relations, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University, 2023

Invited Talk, Georgetown University, Spring 2023

North American Meeting of the Peace Science Society (International), University of Denver, November 2022

Society for Political Methodology Annual Meeting: 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017

National Security Institute, Virginia Tech (Virtual), February 2022

Center for Humanities, Virginia Tech (Virtual), February 2021

Proxy Wars Conference, George Washington University, September 2016

Experiments in International Relations Conference, Princeton University, May 2014

Southern California Comparative Political Science Conference, UC Santa Barbara, September 2013


Foundations of Security Environments (cross-listed in Computer Science and Business Information Technology), Virginia Tech

National Security, Virginia Tech

Research Methods II (Graduate), Virginia Tech

Data Analytics for the Social Sciences (cross-listed in Economics), UC San Diego

World Politics, Stony Brook University