As Director of the UCLA Empirical Research Group, my job is to help promote high quality empirical legal research at UCLA. Most of my larger projects fall under the broad umbrella of law, the social sciences and public policy, although I also am happy to provide guidance and support for any empirical research efforts in the law school. Prior to joining the UCLA School of Law, the bulk of my research focused on comparative and international politics and public policy, with a particular emphasis on Japanese politics, and parties, elections and political institutions around the world.
Director, Empirical Research Group, UCLA School of Law, 2016-
Adjunct Political Scientist, RAND Corporation, 2015-
Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, 2015-16
Assistant Professor (Political Science), University of British Columbia, 2006-14
Killam Research Fellow, University of British Columbia, 2004-06
Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California, San Diego, 2004
B.A. in Politics and East Asian Studies, Oberlin College, 1997
SELECT GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Research Grant (with Malloy, Corbett, Hicks), “Agent-Based Modeling of Solar Power Adoption by Los Angeles County Residents”, 2017 ($127,400)
SSHRC MCRI (Co-PI): “Making Electoral Democracy Work”, 2009-16 ($2,500,000)
Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, 2007-14 ($25,000/yr)
SSHRC Grant: “Party Leaders and Prime Ministers”, 2011-14 ($92,000)
SSHRC Grant: “The Consequences of Mixed Electoral Systems”, 2007-10 ($72,000)
SELECT JOURNAL ARTICLES
Katharina P. Coleman and Benjamin Nyblade, “Peacekeeping for Profit? The Scope and Limits of “Mercenary” UN Peacekeeping,” Forthcoming, Journal of Peace Research.
Hanna Bäck, Wolfgang C. Müller and Benjamin Nyblade, “Multiparty Government and Economic Policy-Making. Coalition Agreements, Prime Ministerial Power and Spending in Western Europe.” Public Choice 170(1): 33-62. January 2017.
Benjamin Nyblade, Angela O’Mahony and Aim Sinpeng, “Social Media Data and the Dynamics of Thai Protests.” Asian Journal of Social Sciences 43(5): 545-66. October 2015.
Benjamin Nyblade and Angela O’Mahony, “Playing with Fire: Pre-Electoral Fiscal Manipulation and the Risk of a Speculative Attack.” International Studies Quarterly 58(4): 828-38. December 2014.
Benjamin Nyblade and Angela O’Mahony, “Migrants’ Remittances and Home Country Elections.” Studies in Comparative International Development 49(1): 44-66. March 2014.
Robert J. Pekkanen, Benjamin Nyblade and Ellis S. Krauss. “The Logic of Ministerial Selection: Electoral Systems and Cabinet Appointments in Japan.” Social Science Japan Journal 17(1): 3-22. Winter 2014.
Benjamin Nyblade and Steven R. Reed, “Who Cheats? Who Loots? Political Competition and Corruption in Japan, 1947-1993.” American Journal of Political Science 52(4): 926-41. Oct 2008.
Robert J. Pekkanen, Benjamin Nyblade and Ellis S. Krauss, “Electoral Incentives in Mixed Member Systems: Party, Posts and Zombie Politicians in Japan.” American Political Science Review 100(2): 183-93. May 2006.
Ellis S. Krauss and Benjamin Nyblade, “ ‘Presidentialization’ in Japan? The Prime Minister, Media and Elections in Japan.” British Journal of Political Science 35(2): 357-68. April 2005.
Languages: English (native), Japanese (professional fluency)