Benjamin Nyblade

Director, Empirical Research Group

  • B.A. Oberlin College, 1997
  • Ph.D. UC San Diego, 2004

Benjamin Nyblade is the Director of the Empirical Research Group (ERG) at UCLA School of Law, where he works with faculty to conceptualize, design and execute empirical research across a broad range of legal fields.

Nyblade earned his B.A. with Highest Honors in Politics and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and his Ph.D. in Political Science from UC San Diego. Before arriving at UCLA School of Law, he was faculty at the University of British Columbia and an adjunct political scientist with the RAND Corporation. His research has appeared in many top political science journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science and International Studies Quarterly.


  • Select Publications
    • Naughty Bits: An Empirical Study of What Consumers Would Mute and Excise from Hollywood Fare if Only They Could (with Douglas Lichtman), Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (forthcoming 2019).
    • Hearing Their Voice: Authority, Voice, and Satisfaction with Democracy (with Eric Merkley, Fred Cutler, and Paul Quirk), 81(3) Journal of Politics 848 (2019).
    • Peacekeeping for Profit? The Scope and Limits of ‘Mercenary’ UN Peacekeeping (with Katharina P. Coleman), 55(6) Journal of Peace Research 726 (2018).
    • Multiparty Government and Economic Policy-Making. Coalition Agreements, Prime Ministerial Power and Spending in Western European Cabinets (with Hanna Bäck and Wolfgang C. Müller), 170(1) Public Choice 33-62 (Jan. 2017).
    • Social Media Data and the Dynamics of Thai Protests (with Angela O’Mahony and Aim Sinpeng), 43 Asian Journal of Social Science 545-66 (2015).
    • Playing with Fire: Pre-Electoral Fiscal Manipulation and the Risk of a Speculative Attack (with Angela O’Mahony), 58(4) International Studies Quarterly 828-38 (Dec. 2014).
    • Migrants’ Remittances and Home Country Elections (with Angela O’Mahony), 49(1) Studies in Comparative International Development 44-66 (March 2014).
    • The Logic of Ministerial Selection: Electoral Systems and Cabinet Appointments in Japan (with Robert J. Pekkanen and Ellis S. Krauss), 17(1) Social Science Japan Journal 3-22 (Winter 2014).
    • Who Cheats? Who Loots? Political Competition and Corruption in Japan, 1947-1993 (with Steven R. Reed), 52(4) American Journal of Political Science 926-41 (Oct. 2008).
    • Electoral Incentives in Mixed Member Systems: Party, Posts and Zombie Politicians in Japan (with Robert J. Pekkanen and Ellis S. Krauss), 100(2) American Political Science Review 183-93 (May 2006).
    • "Presidentialization" in Japan? The Prime Minister, Media and Elections in Japan (with Ellis S. Krauss), 35(2) British Journal of Political Science 357-68 (April 2005).