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Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey FBA

Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Professor in Political Science and Fellow of the British Academy

Email: c.m.schonhardt-bailey@lse.ac.uk 
Office: CON 6.05, Connaught House
Office Hours: Wednesday 16:00-17:00 (by appointment via LSE for You)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7187
Website: personal.lse.ac.uk/schonhar


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

Her research interests are in political economy (trade policy and monetary policy) and quantitative textual analysis. By measuring the words, arguments and deliberation of politicians and policy makers, she aims to gauge the extent to which ideas, interests and institutions shape political behaviour.

She is author and editor of several books on trade policy and monetary policy. She is currently researching deliberation in UK select committees, specifically in the Commons’ Treasury Select Committee and the Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee. Her recent book, Deliberating American Monetary Policy: A Textual Analysis, seeks to examine the role and influence of deliberation in US monetary policy in two institutional settings—the decision making body itself (the Federal Open Market Committee) and the congressional oversight committees (House and Senate). In her earlier book ( From the Corn Laws to Free Trade: Interests, Ideas, and Institutions in Historical Perspective) she uses a variety of methodological tools to gauge both qualitative and quantitative data from the nineteenth century to resolve the long-standing puzzle of Britain's policy shift to free trade. She has published many articles on nineteenth century trade policy, as well as on more contemporary topics, like political rhetoric on US national security by George Bush and John Kerry, civil religion in presidential (and particularly Ronald Reagan’s) rhetoric, and US Senate debates on partial-birth abortion. These appear in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Political Analysis, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Parliamentary History. She is currently co-authoring a series of articles with physicians from Harvard Medical School, which use automated textual analysis to examine the personal statements of medical students.


  • Editor, International Political Economy: Monetary Relations eJournal, Political Science Network, SSRN (2013-)
  • Editorial Board Member, International Political Economy eJournal, Political Science Network, SSRN (2007-2013)
  • 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
  • Invited Speaker, “Computational Linguistics in Political Science: What Have You Done for Me Lately?” Conference, University of Mannheim, October 2014
  • Policy Advisor, to Bank of England Warsh Review (to consider making permanent recordings and transcripts of Monetary Policy Committee meetings), Autumn 2014
  • Invited Guest Speaker, Bank of England Policy Seminar, September and November 2014
  • Invited Speaker, Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, Germany, May 2014
  • Judge, Research Competition on the Financial Crisis: NLP Unshared Task in PoliInformatics 2014 (PoliInformatics Research Coordination Network (PInet), funded by the National Science Foundation)
  • Invited Speaker, Cambridge Society for Economic Pluralism, April 2014
  • Invited Guest Speaker, Melvyn Bragg’s BBC Radio 4 series In Our Time (a feature programme on the period surrounding Britain’s Corn Laws), October 2013

Teaching Responsibilities

  • GV309: Politics of Money and Finance in Comparative Perspective
  • GV4C4: Legislative Politics: US
  • GV4C5: Politics of Economic Policy



(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 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

“Ideology, Party and Interests in the British Parliament of 1841-1847,” British Journal of Political Science, 33 (October 2003), 581-605