Daniel L. Nielson, Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, joined the Center during the fall semester as a Visiting Research Scholar. Dan is a co-founder, principal investigator, and former Chief Social Scientist of AidData. He is also co-founder and former Director of the Political and Economic Development Labs at Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. in international affairs from the University of California, San Diego. He played a key supporting role in the development and execution of the Center’s educational and research initiatives while pursuing his own research and contributing to the intellectual life of the Center and the Woodrow Wilson School. In addition, Dan conducted several workshops on experimental methods and best research practices with faculty, fellows and graduate students associated with the Center.