I am a Professor of Government and the Mitsui Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of Government and the Program in Quantitative Social Science at Dartmouth College. During this academic year (2018-19), I am on sabbatical leave and hold a position as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

My research applies experimental designs and statistical methods to questions in political science. With substantive interests in public opinion, political behavior, political economy, and electoral institutions, I have published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Science Advances, and World Politics, among others. Geographical areas covered in my research are diverse. But in about half of my projects, I use Japan, my home country, as a case to make theoretical and methodological contributions to the general political science literature. For example, my publication in the American Political Science Review draws on a unique natural experimental setting in Japanese local elections to detect electoral fraud. My new paper in Political Analysis measures Japanese voters’ policy preferences using fully randomized conjoint analysis and uncovers important discrepancies between voters’ preferences and election outcomes.

I have used observational and experimental data from Japan, as well as other countries, such as Australia, France, Israel, South Korea, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and the United States, to study a wide range of topics. They include pork-barrel politics, political budget cycles, economic growth, agricultural protectionism, electoral reforms, local government reforms, foreign public opinion about U.S. policy, political participation, an electoral advantage of incumbents, inequality in legislative representation, misinformation and correction, attitudes toward refugees, and so on. Furthermore, I have recently applied my methodological and computational skills to a book project and several articles that address issues of diversity on university campuses and in the academic profession.

At Dartmouth, I teach Quantitative Political Analysis (GOVT10), an introductory course on empirical research designs and statistics; Data Visualization (GOVT16/QSS17), an introduction to data wrangling and data visualization with R; and Politics of Japan (GOVT40/AMES43).

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.

Contact information

  • Email: yusaku.horiuchi(at)dartmouth.edu
  • Address: Department of Government, Dartmouth College. 204 Silsby, HB 6108, Hanover, NH 03755, USA