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Emerson S. Niou CV

Professor of Political Science
Political Science
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
140 Science Drive, 273 Gross, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
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EMERSON M. S. NIOU (Ph.D., U. of Texas at Austin, 1987) is Professor of Political Science at Duke University.  He is the co-author of two books (1) The Balance of Power, Cambridge University Press, 1989; (2) Strategy and Politics: An Introduction to Game Theory, Rutledge, 2015. His recent publications include: (1) “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; (2) “External Threat, Internal Rivalry, and Alliance Formation” with Sean Zeigler, Journal of Politics, 81(2):571-584, April 2019; and (3) “Measuring ‘Closeness’ in 3-Candidate Elections: Methodology and an Application to Strategic Voting” with Daniel Kselman and Austin Wang, Electoral Studies, 68 (December):1-11, 2020. His current projects include studies of voting, alliance politics, and conflict resolution.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Political Science · 2002 - Present Political Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Texas, Austin · 1987 Ph.D.