Yusaku Horiuchi

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of Government

  • Mitsui Professor of Japanese Studies

I am Professor of Government and Mitsui Professor of Japanese Studies at Dartmouth College’s Department of Government, Program in Quantitative Social Science, and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program. I am also Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy and Faculty Associate at Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Program on US-Japan Relations. I earned an M.A. in international and development economics from Yale University in 1995 and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. My research and teaching interests include comparative politics (electoral politics, political economy, public opinion, Japan) and political methodology (statistical methods, research design). I am the author of Institutions, Incentives and Electoral Participation in Japan: Cross-Level and Cross-National Perspectives (Routledge 2005). I also have articles published or forthcoming in American Journal of Political ScienceAmerican Political Science Review, British Journal of Political ScienceComparative Political Studies, Electoral StudiesJournal of Conflict ResolutionJournal of East Asian StudiesJournal of PoliticsParty Politics,Political Psychology, Political Science Research and MethodsQuarterly Journal of Political ScienceWorld Politics, among others.


Silsby 204
HB 6108


  • B.A. Keio University (Tokyo, Japan)
  • M.A. Yale University
  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

  • “Doing Well by Doing Good: The Impact of Foreign Aid on Foreign Public Opinion” (with Benjamin E. Goldsmith and Terence Wood). Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Vol 9, Issue 1, March 2014, pp. 87-114.

  • “In Search of Soft Power: Does Foreign Public Opinion Matter for U.S. Foreign Policy?” (with Benjamin E. Goldsmith). World Politics, Vol. 64, Issue 3, July 2012, pp. 555-585.

  • “Making Outsiders’ Votes Count: Detecting Electoral Fraud through a Natural Experiment” (with Kentaro Fukumoto). American Political Science Review, Vol. 105, Issue 3, August 2011, pp. 586-603.

  • “Spinning the Globe? U.S. Public Diplomacy and Foreign Public Opinion” (with Benjamin E. Goldsmith). Journal of Politics, Vol. 71, Issue 3, July 2009, pp 863-875.

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Works In Progress

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