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

Niou, E., and P. C. Ordeshook. “Alliances in Anarchic International Systems.” International Studies Quarterly, 1994.

Niou, E., and P. C. Ordeshook. “Notes on Constitutional Change in the Republic of China on Taiwan.” Chinese Political Science Review, Dec. 1993.

Niou, E., et al. “Taiwanese Investment in Mainland China as a Tool of Foreign Policy.” Issues and Studies, Aug. 1992.

Niou, E. M. S., and P. C. Ordeshook. “A Game Theoretic Analysis of the Republic of China's Emerging Electoral System.” International Political Science Review, vol. 13, no. 1, Jan. 1992, pp. 59–79. Scopus, doi:10.1177/019251219201300105. Full Text

Niou, E. “An Analysis of the Republic Of China's Security Issues.” Issues and Studies, Jan. 1992.

Niou, E. “Constitutional Design in Taiwan: Presidential versus Parliamentary Systems.” The Annals: Chinese Association of Political Science, Dec. 1991.

Niou, E., and P. C. Ordeshook. “Realism versus Neoliberalism: A Formulation.” American Journal of Political Science, May 1991.

Niou, E. M. S., and P. C. Ordeshook. “Stability in Anarchic International Systems.” American Political Science Review, vol. 84, no. 4, Jan. 1990, pp. 1207–34. Scopus, doi:10.2307/1963260. Full Text

Niou, E. M. S., and P. C. Ordeshook. “The geographical imperatives of the balance of power in 3-country systems.” Mathematical and Computer Modelling, vol. 12, no. 4–5, Jan. 1989, pp. 519–31. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0895-7177(89)90422-6. Full Text

Niou, E., and P. C. Ordeshook. “The Imperatives of Geography and the Balance of Power in 3-Country Systems.” Mathematical and Computer Modeling, 1989.