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.
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.
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
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:
Protectionism and Its Critics, 1815 1837;
Assault on the Corn Laws, 1838 1846;
Era of Freer Trade, 1849 1904;
Free Trade Reappraised: The New Secondary Literature.
(ed. & with introduction) Free Trade: The Repeal of the Corn Laws (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 1996).
(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