Erin Baggott

Assistant Professor of International Relations
Erin Baggott
Email Office DMC 355B


Erin Baggott Carter is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California. She is also a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a non-resident scholar at the UCSD 21st Century China Center. She has previously held fellowships at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and Center for International Security and Cooperation. She received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.

Dr. Carter’s research focuses on Chinese politics and propaganda. Her first book, Propaganda in Autocracies (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press) explores how political institutions determine propaganda strategies with an original dataset of eight million articles in six languages drawn from state-run newspapers in nearly 70 countries. She is currently working on a book on how domestic politics influence US-China relations. Her other work has appeared in the British Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Conflict ResolutionSecurity Studies, and International Interactions. Her work has been featured by a number of media platforms, including the New York Times and the Little Red Podcast.