I am Co-Director of the UCLA-RAND Center for Law and Policy, Director of UCLA School of Law’s Empirical Research Group, and an Adjunct Political Scientist with the RAND Corporation. At UCLA Law I teach empirical legal research and policy analysis and advocacy. My research focuses on leveraging new data and methods for research in law, the social sciences and public policy, with a particular interest in the comparative law of democracy, and Japanese politics and law.

I am the author of over thirty articles and book chapters on topics ranging from corruption in Japan to fiscal policymaking in Europe, from the use of social media to organize protests in Thailand to the use of new technology to filter potentially objectionable content in streaming video. One of the joys of my current position is that it allows me to continue to be involved in a diverse set of research projects. The three largest projects I am currently working on are: a project using text as data methods for doctrinal research (using data from the Caselaw Access Project), a project on the global diffusion of migrant voting rights, and a project examining the factors influencing residential solar panel adoption in Los Angeles (sponsored by UCLA’s Sustainable LA initiative).

I earned my BA with Highest Honors in Politics and a double major in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College, and my PhD in Political Science from UC San Diego where I was an Earl Warren Fellow and winner of the Peggy Quon Prize for outstanding research. Before joining UCLA Law, I served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia and as a Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s Program on Institutions, Organizations and Growth.

The best way to contact me is by email at nyblade@law.ucla.edu.