The Political, Economic and Development Labs (PEDL) at Brigham Young University was founded in 2008 to increase understanding of the relationship between politics and economics, with a special focus on global development. It has since expanded its scope to incorporate issues relating to political development, such as the development of parties and elections, understanding ethnic conflict, the role of political values, and politics and gender. We approach our work using a variety of methodologies, including qualitative, quantitative, and survey research, but we have a particular expertise in experimental work and especially randomized field experiments. Our hope is to inform and influence policy and advance understanding of global problems and solutions.

PEDL Fellowships 

The Political, Economic and Development Labs (PEDL) are opening applications for their new 2018-2019 PEDL fellowships. The fellowship is created to give high-quality, intensive, networked mentoring to students interested in high-level engagement in scholarly literature, analysis, and writing.  Fellows will enroll in a one-credit mentored research for the length of the fellowship (fall, winter, spring) and receive a small scholarship for the year. Fellows will be working on academic projects independent from faculty-directed research, although they will often be adjacent to or extensions of faculty projects. Fellows will be required to submit an ORCA application and a Fulton Poster and to make substantial progress on a publishable paper. 

In order to apply for the fellowship, you should be a Political Science or International Relations major, graduate in 2019 or later, and be able to commit to the fellowship Fall 2018 through Spring 2019. You should be able to receive a strong recommendation from a faculty member (we will seek those recommendations) and have excellent scholarly credentials (strong GPA and experience in courses or as an RA/TA). 

The application deadline is March 30, 2018. To apply, fill out the application form and submit a resume as well as a 2-5 pages writing sample to



Listen to Dr. Quinn Mecham in his monthly appearance in BYU Radio's Top of Mind With Julie Rose. He most recently contributed with his predictions for world affairs in 2018 on Jan 8, 2018. Listen here

General news:

The applications for the 2018-2019 PEDL fellowships are now open! See message above. 

PEDL has been renovated! Having been housed in the Kennedy Center for the last year, this space is now newly updated with cubicles, a sitting area, art, and a gorgeous new conference room.

Our research:

Recent work by PEDL faculty include: 

Dr. Quinn Mecham's book from 2017 on the Institutional Origins of Islamist Political Mobilization.
Dr. Kirk Hawkin's extensive work on populism includes a recent article on "The Ideational Approach to Populism." 
Dr. Darren Hawkin's research on public support for U.S. foreign aid can be seen in his 2017 article "Down the Rathole? Public Support for US Foreign Aid."