[Last Updated: 4/6/2015]
Welcome to my web site. My name is Ko Maeda . I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas.
I was born and raised in a small rural village in northern Japan, which is one of the snowiest places in the country, and grew up surrounded by forests, rivers, and wildlife. I received my primany and secondary education in laid-back, rural public schools. After obtaining a bachelor's degree from University of Tsukuba in 1998, I started my graduate work at Michigan State University in 1999. I obtained my Ph.D. degree and came to UNT in 2005.


  • Comparative Politics (Political Institutions, Party Competition and Party Systems, Elections, Political Economy, Asian Politics, Japanese Politics)
  • Quantitative Methodology
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


  • Forthcoming. "Honeymoon or Consolidation, or Both?: Time Dependence of Democratic Durability." Democratization.

  • Forthcoming. "Determinants of Opposition Fragmentation: Parliamentary Rules and Opposition Strategies." Party Politics.

  • 2012. "An Irrational Party of Rational Members: The Collision of Legislators' Re-election Quest with Party Success in the Japan Socialist Party." Comparative Political Studies 45(3): 341-65. [Link to the article]

  • 2010. "Two Modes of Democratic Breakdown: A Competing Risks Analysis of Democratic Durability." Journal of Politics. 72(4): 1129-43. [Link to the article] / [Replication materials]

  • 2010. "Factors Behind the Historic Defeat of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party in 2009." Asian Survey 50(5): 888-907. [Link to the article]

  • 2010. "Divided We Fall: Opposition Fragmentation and the Electoral Fortunes of Governing Parties." British Journal of Political Science. 40(2):419-34. [Link to the article] / [Replication materials]

  • 2009. "Has the Electoral System Reform Made Japanese Elections Party-Centered?" in Steven R. Reed, Kay Shimizu, and Kenneth Mori McElwain (eds.) Political Change in Japan: Electoral Behavior, Party Realignment, and the Koizumi Reforms. The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

  • 2008. "Re-Examining the Contamination Effect of Japan's Mixed Electoral System Using the Treatment-Effects Model." Electoral Studies 27(4):723-31.

  • 2007. "Learning in Hierarchies: An Empirical Test Using Library Catalogues." Journal of Theoretical Politics 19(4): 425-63. With Thomas H. Hammond and Kyle I. Jen.

  • 2007. "Prime Ministerial Popularity and the Changing Electoral Fortunes of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party." Asian Survey 47(3): 415-33. With Dennis Patterson.

  • 2006. "The general election in Japan, September 2005." Electoral Studies 25(3): 621-27.

  • 2006. "Duration of Party Control in Parliamentary and Presidential Governments: A Study of 65 Democracies, 1950-1998." Comparative Political Studies 39(3): 352-74. With Misa Nishikawa.

  • 2004. "Amerika: 'butaniku kubari' to giin no saisen tsuikyu." In Takeshi Kohno and Masahiro Iwasaki, eds., Rieki yudo seiji: kokusai hikaku to mekanizumu. Tokyo: Ashi Shobo. Title translation: "The United States: 'Pork Distribution' and Politicians' Reelection Quest."



  • I am currently on leave during the Spring 2015 semester.

  • Maymester 2014
    • PSCI 3600: Comparative Politics

  • Courses taught in the past
    • Undergraduate
      • American Government--Process and Policies (Fall 2014)
      • Comparative Politics (Fall 2005; Spring 06; Fall 06; Spring 07; Maymester 07; Fall 07; Spring 08; Maymester 08; Fall 08; Spring 09; Fall 09; Spring 11; Maymester 11; Fall 11; Summer 12; Spring 13; Fall 13; Maymester 14; Fall 14)
      • Introduction to Political Research (Spring 2011; Spring 12; Spring 13; Spring 14)
      • Asian Politics (Spring 2006)
      • Japanese Politics (Fall 2006; Spring 10; Spring 12; Spring 14)
    • Graduate
      • Quantitative Political Research Methods (Spring 2007; Spring 08; Fall 08; Fall 09; Fall 10; Fall 11; Fall 12; Fall 13)
      • Comparative Political Institutions (Fall 2007; Fall 10; Fall 12)

    Contact Information

    Mailing address (for USPS):
    Department of Political Science
    University of North Texas
    1155 Union Circle #305340
    Denton, TX 76203-5017

    Physical address (for UPS, DHL, FedEx, etc):
    Department of Political Science
    University of North Texas
    Wooten Hall, Room 125
    Denton, TX 76203

    Phone:(940)565-2276 / Fax:(940)565-4818

    My office is located in 135 Wooten Hall
    Email: ko"at"unt.edu (please replace "at" with @)

    Some more things about me...

    • I enjoy traveling. While in college, I made a 9-month-trip to Asia and South Pacific. Since then I haven't traveled much, but I always want to. My favorite cities in the world are Kolkata (India), Peshawar (Pakistan), Kashgar (Xinjiang, China), and New York City.
    • I love drinking. I like beer, sake, tequila, vodka, whisky, wine, and etc. My favorite Japanese beer is Kirin. When I was in Michigan, I enjoyed Molson and Labatt a lot, but I became a big Shiner fan after I moved to Texas.
    • I am a big eater. When I was 20, I won a pizza-eating championship in the town where I lived by eating 25 pieces of pizza in 20 minutes.
    • I like reading. Reading is my best hobby (or perhaps next to drinking). My favorite author is Shiba Ryotaro. My favorite books written in English include The Moon and Sixpence (Somerset Maugham), No Longer at Ease (Chinua Achebe), Lord of the Flies (William Golding), and Animal Farm (George Orwell).
    • I got bit by a monkey in the head when I was little.
    • I share the same birthday as John F. Kennedy.
    • I know my name is difficult to pronounce for non-Japanese people. It is pronounced Koh Ma-eh-dah. My given name "Ko" means farming or plowing, which I guess is partly related to the fact that my hometown is in a rural area.
    • I am a big Michigan State Sports fan. When I was at MSU, I sometimes painted my face to show my Spartan spirit, and my face was on TV several times.
    • I used to be cute.

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