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The Making of My Research Articles (MMRA): Talking about My Research and Career

 What is the MMRA?

Based upon articles published in international journals by Japanese political scientists, the MMRA aims to share the tips of writing and submitting articles. In addition, the MMRA aims to enhance international networking through among participating members.



 Format and Rules

The presenter will specify one (or two) of his/her articles published in international journals, and the participants will read them. If the article is open access, the DOI or the URL will be shared. If the article is not open access, each participant should obtain the article (if there is a working paper in the pre-publication stage, you may direct them to it instead of the paper for those who cannot personally download the paper).

The presenter will speak on the brief description of the paper; how the presenter got the idea, how the presenter started the research project, how the presenter collected the data, and how he/she wrote, submitted, and revised it. The presenter also talks about the co-authors, communication with referees, selection of journals, difficulties encountered, evaluations obtained, etc. The presenter will also talk about his/her career and research environment.

Format 1: Single Presentation

・30 Minutes of Presentation

・30 Minutes of Discusssion

・Time for Socializing

Format 2: Two Presentations

・Two Presentations, 10-12 Minutes Each

・Two Discussions, 20 Minutes Each

・Time for Socializing

・プレゼンターは、The Making of ... を話します。論文の簡単な内容、どういうきっかけでアイディアを得て、研究プロジェクトを始め、どうやってデータを集めて、いつ報告して、どういう経緯で論文を書いて投稿・リバイスしてきたのか。共著者について、レフェリーとのやり取りや雑誌の選定、苦労したことや、得られた評価、などなど。それに絡めて自分のキャリアや院生の場合は自らの研究環境などについても話していただきます。

 Past and Upcoming Talks

・Saturday, October 15, 2022: Kyosuke Kikuta (The Institute of Developing Economies: Slides), Moderator: Kenya Amano (U. Washington)

"A Very Pragmatic Approach to Publishing."

Kyosuke Kikuta and Mamoru Uesugi, "Do Politically Irrelevant Events Cause Conflict?The Cross-continental Effects of European Professional Football on Protests in Africa." accepted by International Organization.


・Friday, July 29, 2022: Shuhei Kurizaki (Waseda University), Airo Hino (Waseda University), Michio Umeda (Komazawa University), Sho Miyazaki (Keio University), and Kento Yamada (Harvard College)

: Special Lecture on 「政治学の社会実装」

・Saturdsay, July 2, 2022: Masaaki Higashijima (Tohoku University: Slides)

"The Making of My Monograph (The M3): The Dictator's Dilemma at the Ballot Box"

Masaaki Higashijima (2022), The Dictator’s Dilemma at the Ballot Box: Electoral Manipulation, Economic Maneuvering, and Political Order in Autocracies. Forthcoming. The University of Michigan Press (The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Series). pp.342 + xxiii. Please download the book from here. 

・Monday, May 23, 2022: Yasuhiro Izumikawa (Aoyama Gakuin Universirty: Slides)

"How Qualitative Researchers Compete (or Survive) Globally: (Over)generalizing? from My Experiences."

: Yasuhiro Izumikawa. 2020. "Network Connections and the Emergence of the Hub-and-Spokes Alliance System in East Asia." International Security, 45 (2): 7-50. doi:

・Saturday, March 5, 2022: Ko Maeda (Universirty of North Texas)

: Special Lecture by professor Ko Maeda, ”‘How to come up with a paper idea in empirical political science’ ...Wait, is there a how-to for that?”

・Friday, February 4, 2022: Jun Sudduth (University of Strathclyde: Slides), Moderator: Yasuka Tateishi (University College London)

: Kim, Nam Kyu, and Jun Koga Sudduth. 2021. “Political Institutions and Coups in Dictatorships.” Comparative Political Studies 54 (9): 1597-1628.

: Sudduth, Jun Koga and Max Gallop. 2021. “Spatial Dynamics of Election Violence: How Repression Spreads Dissent around Elections.” Conditionally Accepted at the Journal of Politics.

・Friday, December 10, 2021: Kentaro Fukumoto (Gakushuin University: Slides)

: Fukumoto, McClean, and Nakagawa (2021) "No causal effect of school closures in Japan on the spread of COVID-19 in spring 2020." Nature Medicine.


・Saturday, October 16, 2021: Shiro Kuriwaki (Stanford University→Yale University), Moderator: Sayumi Miyano (Princeton University)

: Ansolabehere and Kuriwaki (2021) "Congressional Representation: Accountability from the Constituent’s Perspective. " (with Stephen Ansolabehere). American Journal of Political Science, Forthcoming. 
: Hall, Huff, and Kuriwaki (2019) "Wealth, Slave Ownership, and Fighting for the Confederacy: An Empirical Study of the American Civil War."  American Political Science Review, 113 (3): 658-673.

Friday, August 6, 2021: Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth College: Slides) and Yuki Atsusaka (Rice University: Slides)

: Goldsmith, Horiuchi, and Matush (2021) "Does Public Diplomacy Sway Foreign Public Opinion? Identifying the Effect of High-Level Visits." American Political Science Review, 1-16. doi:10.1017/S0003055421000393

: Atsusaka (2021) "A Logical Model for Predicting Minority Representation: Application to Redistricting and Voting Rights Cases." American Political Science Review, 1-16. doi:10.1017/S000305542100054X

 Feedback and Suggestions

​・If you have any feedback or suggestions, please email at nishikaw [at]

 Code of Conduct

・The MMRA is committed to maintaining an environment that provides equal opportunity to all persons and is free from discrimination and harassment. 

 Links to Other Virtual Forums on Japanese Politics

JPOSS (The Japanese Politics Online Seminar Series)

APOSS (The Asian Politics Online Seminar Series)

PIPCOSS (The Pacific International Politics Conference)

JSQPS (The Japanese Society for Quantitative Political Science)

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