Emerson S. Niou

Emerson S. Niou

Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 273 Gross, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4307
Office Hours: 
On leave 2018-2019
Methods, Political Institutions, Security, Peace, Conflict

EMERSON M. S. NIOU (Ph.D., U. of Texas at Austin, 1987) is Professor of Political Science at Duke University.  He is the author and coauthor of four books (1) The Balance of Power, Cambridge University Press, 1989; (2) Bean Voting, Renmin University Press, 2014, (3) Community Compacts in China, Chinese Society Press, 2014; and (4) Strategy and Politics: An Introduction to Game Theory, Rutledge, 2015. His recent publications include: (1) “Strategic Voting in Plurality Elections,” with Daniel Kselman, Political Analysis, 2010; (2) “Protest Voting: A Theory of Voter Signaling,” with Daniel Kselman, Public Choice, 2011; (3) “Measuring Preferences for Divided Government: Some Americans Want Divided Government and Vote to Create It.” with Dean Lacy, Philip Paolino, and Robert A. Rein, Political Behavior, December:1-25, 2017; and (4) “External Threat, Internal Rivalry, and Alliance Formation” with Sean Zeigler, Journal of Politics, 2018. His current projects include studies of institutions and governance, theories of voting, and politics of alliance formation.


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 1987

Ordeshook, P., and E. Niou. “Alliances and Federations.” Constitutional Political Economy, 1999.

Niou, EMS, and Ordeshook, PC. "Alliances versus federations: An extension of riker's analysis of federal formation." Constitutional Political Economy 9.4 (December 1, 1998): 271-288.

Lacy, D., and E. M. S. Niou. “Elections in double-member districts with nonseparable voter preferences.” Journal of Theoretical Politics, vol. 10, no. 1, Jan. 1998, pp. 89–110. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0951692898010001004. Full Text

Niou, E, Hsieh, J, and Lacy, D. "Retrospective and Prospective Voting in a One-Party Dominance Democracy: Taiwan's 1996 Presidential Election." Public Choice (1998). (Academic Article)

Hsieh, J. F. S., et al. “Strategic voting in the 1994 Taipei city mayoral election.” Electoral Studies, vol. 16, no. 2, June 1997, pp. 153–63.

Brehm, J., and E. M. S. Niou. “A comparative analysis of the control systems used in the former Soviet Union and Communist China.” Journal of Theoretical Politics, vol. 9, no. 1, Jan. 1997, pp. 107–30.

Niou, E., and J. Hsieh. “Taiwan's March 1996 Elections.” Electoral Studies, vol. 15, no. 4, Nov. 1996, pp. 545–50.

Niou, E., and T. Huang. “Party System and Democratic Consolidation: The Case of Taiwan.” American Asian Review, Oct. 1996.

Niou, E., et al. “Economic Voting in the 1994 Taiwan Elections.” American Asian Review, July 1996.

Huang, T., and E. M. S. Niou. “Electoral politics in Taiwan.” Asian Affairs, vol. 23, no. 2, Jan. 1996, pp. 128–38. Scopus, doi:10.1080/00927678.1996.9933724. Full Text