Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Professor, Head of Department and Fellow of the British Academy

Department of Government

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CBG 3.09
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Key Expertise
Political Economy, Trade Policy, Quantitative Textural Analysis

About me

Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey became a lecturer in the LSE Government Department in 1992. From 1989-1991, she was a research officer in the LSE Social Science and Administration Department, and in 1991-92 she taught in the International Relations Department at the University of Keele. She has taught courses in research methods at the Essex Summer School and the Institute of Historical Research (University of London). She completed her undergraduate degree at Boise State University (Idaho) and both her masters and PhD degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Research interests

  • Deliberation in Legislative Committees
  • Political Economy (Monetary Policy, Trade Policy)
  • Applications of Quantitative Text Analysis
  • Use of Nonverbal Communication in Political Contexts
  • Accountability and Oversight

Teaching responsibilities

  • GV309: Politics of Money and Finance in Comparative Perspective
  • GV4C5: Politics of Economic Policy


  • Invited speaker, “Ideas, Interests and Institutions in Political Economy,” Departamento de Estudios Internacionales Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (January 2017) 
  • Invited Speaker, “Text as Data Conference”, Northeastern University (October 2016) 
  • Invited Speaker, “Measuring Ideas More Effectively: Quantitative Text Analysis and the Study of Ideas,” Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence (May 2016) 
  • Invited Speaker, “Non-verbal Communication in Parliamentary Committee Hearings,” University College Dublin (March 2016) 
  • Invited Speaker, “VisArgue—Analysis and Visualization of Political Negotiations Workshop,” Stuttgart (February 2016) 
  • Invited Speaker, “New Developments in the Study of Political Persuasion Conference”, sponsored by University of California, Irvine (January 2016) 
  • Invited Speaker, American-British-Canadian Political Development Conference, University of Toronto, October 2015 
  • Invited Speaker, Bretton Woods Conference, Yale University, November 2015 
  • Invited Speaker, Making Constitutions, Building Parliaments Conference, UK Houses of Parliament, July 2015 
  • Invited Speaker, Bank of England Advanced Analytics Conference, June 2015 
  • Invited Speaker, Barcelona GSE Summer Forum, Central Bank Design, June 2015 
  • Conference Co-Organizer, “The New Political Economy of Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation,” Yale University, March 2015 
  • Invited Speaker, “Political Leadership and Economic Crisis Symposium” Yale University, February 2015

Selected publications


(with David Bholat, Stephen Hansen and Pedro Santos), Text Mining for Central Banks: Handbook (Centre for Central Banking Studies, 33) (2015), pp. 1-19

Deliberating American Monetary Policy: A Textual Analysis
 (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013)

(with Mark Duckenfield, Gordon Bannerman and Anthony Howe), Battles over Free Trade: Anglo-American Experiences with International Trade, 1776-2006 (London: Pickering and Chatto Publishers, 2008)

From the Corn Laws to Free Trade: Interests, Ideas and Institutions in Historical Perspective (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006)

(with Fiona McGillivray, Iain McLean, and Robert Pahre) International Trade and Political Institutions: Instituting Trade in the Long 19th Century (London: Edward Elgar, 2001)

(ed. & with introduction) The Rise of Free Trade (London: Routledge, 1997)

in four volumes:

  1. Protectionism and Its Critics, 1815 1837;
  2. Assault on the Corn Laws, 1838 1846;
  3. Era of Freer Trade, 1849 1904;
  4. Free Trade Reappraised: The New Secondary Literature.

(ed. & with introduction) Free Trade: The Repeal of the Corn Laws (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 1996).

Recent articles

(with Laura Ostapenko, Jessica Walling, Douglas S. Smink and Nora Y. Osman) “Textual Analysis of General Surgery Residency Personal Statements: Topics and Gender Differences,” Journal of Surgical Education, (forthcoming, 2018 [September/October], 75, 5)

(with James Sanders and Giulio Lisi) “Themes and Topics in Parliamentary Oversight Hearings: A New Direction in Textual Data Analysis,” Statistics, Politics and Policy (online April 2018 [doi: 10.1515/spp-2017-0012])

“Nonverbal contention and contempt in U.K. parliamentary oversight hearings on fiscal and monetary policy,” Politics and the Life Sciences, 36, 1, (Spring 2017), 27-46 [doi: 10.1017/pls.2017.7]

(with Nora Osman, Jessica Walling, Joel Katz, and Erik Alexander) 'Textual Analysis of Internal Medicine Residency Personal Statements: Themes and Gender Differences', Medical Education, 49, 1 (2014), 93-102

'Why Too Much Transparency is a Bad Thing: The Warsh Review on Transparency in the BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee,' LSE British Politics and Policy Blog, 11 December 2014

'Congress has a very limited ability to hold central bankers to account', LSE American Politics and Policy, 13 Nov 2013

Is there a single ‘right’ way to study political text? Methodsnews, Summer 2012, p. 2. 

(with Edward Yager and Saadi Lahlou) “Yes, Ronald Reagan’s Rhetoric was Unique—But Statistically, How Unique?” Presidential Studies Quarterly. 42, 3 (September 2012), 482-513

(with Andrew Bailey) “Does Deliberation Matter in FOMC Monetary Policymaking? The Volcker Revolution of 1979,” Political Analysis, 16, 4 (October 2008), 404-427

“The Congressional Debate On Partial-Birth Abortion: Constitutional Gravitas And Moral Passion,” British Journal of Political Science 38 (July 2008), 383-410

“Measuring Ideas More Effectively: An Analysis of Bush and Kerry’s National Security Speeches,” PS: Political Science and Politics, XXXVIII, 4 (October 2005), 701-711



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