Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science and Fellow of the British Academy

Department of Government

+44 (0)207 955 7187
Room No
CBG 3.09
Office Hours
Tuesdays 14:00 - 15:00 and by appointment (please email me to make an appointment)
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Key Expertise
Political Economy, Deliberation in Committees, Non-verbal Communication

About me

Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science and Fellow of the British Academy and served as Head of the LSE Government Department from 2019-2022. Her research interests are in political economy, legislatures, deliberation and accountability. She is the author and editor of several books on trade policy and monetary policy, Deliberative Accountability in Parliamentary Committees, Deliberating American Monetary Policy: A Textual Analysis, From the Corn Laws to Free Trade: Interests, Ideas, and Institutions in Historical Perspective, and numerous articles on nineteenth-century trade policy and contemporary topics, such as the use of nonverbal communication in UK parliamentary committee hearings and political rhetoric on US national security.

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

  • GV252: Politics and Policy of Data Science


  • 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

Books and Handbooks

Deliberative Accountability in Parliamentary Committees. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022

(with Gordon Bannerman) (eds.) 2021. Political Science at the LSE: A History of the Department of Government, from the Webbs to COVID. London: Ubiquity Press.

(with David Bholat, Stephen Hansen and Pedro Santos), Text Mining for Central Banks: Handbook - No. 33 (London: Centre for Central Banking Studies, Bank of England 2015)

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).

Selected 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, 75, 3 (May–June 2018), 573-581

(with James Sanders and Giulio Lisi) “Themes and Topics in Parliamentary Oversight Hearings: A New Direction in Textual Data AnalysisStatistics, Politics and Policy,  8, 2, 153-194 (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

(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

Chapters in Books

(with Andrew Bailey and Gordon Bannerman), “Bretton Woods: The Parliamentary Debates in the United Kingdom,” in Naomi Lamoreaux and Ian Shapiro, eds. The Bretton Woods Agreements Together with Scholarly Commentaries and Essential Historical Documents (Yale University Press, 2019), 95-120

Electronic Media

Executive Producer, “CV 19: A Film by the LSE Government Department” (2020)