“Beat Me If You Can: Electoral Dilemma and the Manipulation of Elections in Dictatorship” Under Review (current version: https://masaakihigashijima.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/fraud.pdf)
- An earlier version was published at the EIP/IDEA Working Paper Series
- Winner of the 2014 IDEA/Electoral Integrity Project Award, the best graduate student paper award on electoral integrity, Electoral Integrity Project/International IDEA
- Nominee for the Westview Press Award, the best graduate student paper award at the 2013 annual meeting of Midwest Political Science Association
- Winner of the 2014 Best Paper Award, Political Science Department, Michigan State University
 “The Choice of Electoral Systems in Dictatorships.” (with Eric C.C. Chang, current version: https://masaakihigashijima.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/higashijimachang_ver4-2.pdf) Under Review
 “The Peril of Parliamentarism? Executive-Legislative Relations and Democratic Transitions from Electoral Authoritarianism” Revise and Resubmit at Comparative Political Studies. (with Yuko Kasuya, a previous version: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2452141)
 “Ethnic Inequality and Ethnic Identification in Sub-Saharan Africa.” (with Christian Houle) Revise and Resubmit at Political Behavior.
 “Monetary Constraints, Spending, and the Autocratic Survival in Party-Based Regimes.” (with Cristina Bodea and Carolina Garriga) Under Review
 “Electoral Cycles, Party Competition, and State Resources under Authoritarianism: Evidence from Kazakhstan, 1995-2008.”
 “Political Business Cycles in Dictatorships.
 “Democratization and Human Development.” (with Susumu Annaka)
 “Coup Risk and Fiscal Decisions in Developing Countries.” (with Cristina Bodea and Adrienne LeBas)
 “Political Order in Modernizing Autocracies: Elections and Armed Conflict under Dictatorships, 1960-2006.” (with Shin Toyoda)
 “Election Fraud and the Value of a Vote: A Cross-National Analysis.”