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Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Professor in Political Science

Email: c.m.schonhardt-bailey@lse.ac.uk| 
Office: CON 6.05, Connaught House
Office Hours: Thursdays 15:40-17:00 (by appointment)
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 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. Her most 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.


  • 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, “Is Social Science Useful?” roundtable, King’s Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre, June (2013)
  • Invited Speaker, “The Westminster Model of Democracy in Crisis? Comparative Perspectives on Origins, Development and Responses” conference, Harvard University, May (2013)
  • Organizer, session on “Extracting Political Information form Legislative Speeches,” 2012 ESRC Research Methods Festival (July), St Catherine’s College, Oxford
  • Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC (January-February 2011)
  • Invited Participant, “2011 Political Economy of International Finance Conference,” Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin (February 2011)
  • Invited Speaker, "Birmingham Econometrics and Macroeconomics Conference," Birmingham University (May 2010)
  • Invited Speaker, "Text as Data Conference," Northwestern University, March 2010
  • Judge, Economic Policy Challenge Grand Final, LSE Student Union Economics Society, February 2010
  • Political Economy Section Organizer, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2009
  • Invited Speaker, " Policy Shaping Politics: Monetary Policy Deliberations in Congressional Hearings, 1976-2005," Domestic Preferences and Foreign Economic Policy Conference, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University (April 2008)
  • Invited Speaker, "Deliberating Monetary Policy," Département d'économie et de gestion École normale supérieure de Cachan  (March 2008)

Teaching Responsibilities

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



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 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