I study how political ideologies spread across borders and why states interfere in the domestic politics of other countries. Using cross-national statistical analysis, archival research, and machine learning methods to analyze political texts, my research illustrates how governments use foreign regime interference to undermine threatening political movements. More recently, my work focuses on how actors use traditional media tools and new social media platforms for these ends.

I am passionate about using social science research to understand and to develop solutions for real-world policy problems. My work has been published in both premier academic and policy outlets, including the Journal of Politics, Lawfare, and Foreign Policy

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. Previously, I was a Predoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.

I received my PhD in Political Science in 2020 from Stanford University, where I was a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow--one of the University's highest distinctions awarded to doctoral students for outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching, and academic leadership. 

As a first-generation college student, I have benefited greatly from the help of mentors, colleagues, and other members of my community. I strongly believe in paying it forward. If you have questions about pursuing your interests in international relations or political science more broadly, please feel free to reach out. 

Email: lhundley@stanford.edu