[Last Updated: 12/18/2022]
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 primary 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, Elections, Party Systems, Strategic Voting, Japanese Politics)
  • Quantitative Methodology
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Other Academic Publications

  • Forthcoming. "The 2021 Election Results." in Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven R. Reed, and Daniel M. Smith (eds.) Japan Decides 2021: The Japanese General Election. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Forthcoming. "Political Parties in East Asia." in Neil Carter, Dan Keith, Gyda Sindre, and Sofia Vasilopoulou (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Political Parties. Routledge.

  • 2018. "The JCP: A Perpetual Spoiler?" in Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven R. Reed, Ethan Scheiner, and Daniel M. Smith (eds.) Japan Decides 2017: The Japanese General Election. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.")

Outreach Publications and Blog Posts



Courses I regularly teach:
  • Undergraduate
    • American Government--Process and Policies
    • Introduction to Political Research Methods
    • Governments and Politics around the World
    • Politics of Japan
  • Graduate
    • Quantitative Political Research Methods
    • Comparative Political Institutions

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.Maeda-at-unt.edu (please replace -at- with @)

Some more things about me...

  • I enjoy traveling. When I was 20 to 21 years old, I made a 9-month trip to Asia and South Pacific. 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 in college, 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 most 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 have an Erdos number of 5 (Erdos--C.Tovey--N.Schofield--G.Miller--T.Hammond--me).
  • 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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