Misa Nishikawa
Misa Nishikawa
Professor of Political Science
International Relations / Comparative Politics
Curriculum Vitae


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About Misa Nishikawa

Dr. Nishikawa joined the Political Science Department in the Fall of 2002. Her primary research and teaching interests are in comparative politics and global studies. Within these fields, she especially focuses on political institutions and comparative mass behavior. Dr. Nishikawa has taught Introduction to Methods of Political Research (POLS 210), Comparative Political Systems (POLS 280), and Public Opinion and Political Behavior (POLS 370) at the undergraduate level.

For the M.A. program, Dr. Nishikawa has taught Public Opinion and Political Behavior (POLS 570), Political Theory and Research Design (POLS 625), Quantitative Methods for Political Science (POLS 626), Seminar in Comparative Politics (POLS 636), and Seminar in Comparative Political Institutions (POLS 689).

While Japan has been her principal laboratory, Dr. Nishikawa's work has covered many other areas of the world. She has published a book, entitled Mixed Electoral Systems: Contamination and Its Consequences. She has also published numerous papers, which have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, Party Politics, Women and Politics, International Political Science Review, Economics and Governance, and the Japanese Journal of Electoral Studies.


Professional Experience

  • Ball State University: Professor, Department of Political Science, (2018-Present)
  • Ball State University: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, (2008-2018)
  • Ball State University: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, (2003-2008)
  • Ball State University: Instructor, Department of Political Science, (2002-2003)



  • Ph.D.     Political Science,  Michigan State University
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: University of Michigan
  • M.A.      Survey Research,  University of Connecticut
  • B.A.       Political Science,   University of California, Los Angeles


Selected Research and Publications

Journal Articles

  • “Alternation of Parties in Power and Economic Volatility: Testing the Rational Partisan Hypothesis and Policy Learning Hypothesis.” Economics of Governance 2018 19:91-118 (With Steve Hall) 
  • “Policy Risk and Investment: Examining the Impact of Ruling Party Duration”, Indiana Journal of Political Science. 2018 (With Steve Hall) Forthcoming.
  • “Do Diversionary Incentives Affect Korea-Japan Historical Disputes?” Korea Observer 2017 48: 733-762 (With Wonjae Hwang)
  • “The Dynamics of Within-Regime Stability: Party Tenure and Economic Performance”, International Political Science Review 2014, 35:430-447 (With Steve Hall)
  • “Electoral and Party System Effects on Ruling Party Durability”, Party Politics 2012, 18: 633- 652
  • “Kokusai Deta ni yoru Senkyoseido Fukinitsu Kasetsu no Kensho (The Impact of the 1994 Japanese Electoral Reform: A Comparative Perspective)”, Journal of Social Science 58: 85-105, 2007
  • “Duration of Party Control in Parliamentary and Presidential Governments: A study of Sixty- Five Democracies, 1950-1998”, Comparative Political Studies 39: 352-374, 2006 (With Ko Maeda)

Book Chapters

  • “Election Rule Interaction”, Handbook of Electoral Systems (Edited by Eric Herron, Robert Pekkanen, and Matthew Shugart) Oxford University Press, 2017 (With Erik Herron and Kuniaki Nemoto) 


  • Mixed Electoral Systems: Contamination and Its Consequences, 2005, New York: Palgrave Macmillan (St. Martin’s Press) (With Federico Ferrara and Erik Herron)


Honors and Awards

  • Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fellowship (2015-2016)
  • Westview Press Award "Best Paper by a Graduate Student" (1999)