Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Member of the Institute for the Study of International Development
PhD, Princeton University
Comparative Politics and Southeast Asian Politics
Political Economy of Development and Inequality
Political Institutions, especially States and Political Parties
Democracy and Democratization
Religion and Politics
Qualitative Methods, Comparative-Historical Analysis, Social Theory
- Refereed Publications: Books
- Refereed Publications: Journal Articles
- Refereed Publications: Book Chapters
- Work in Progress
- Commentary, Short Articles
- Book Reviews
Refereed Publications: Books
2011. The Institutional Imperative: The Politics of Equitable Development in Southeast Asia (Stanford: Stanford University Press).
2008. Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis. (editor with Dan Slater and Tuong Vu) (Stanford: Stanford University Press; in the East-West Center Series on Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific). [reviewed in 6 journals; symposium in 1 journal]
Refereed Publications: Journal Articles
Forthcoming, 2011. “Shadows of the Past: Party System Institutionalization in Asia.” (with Allen Hicken) Comparative Political Studies 44, 7 (July).
Forthcoming, 2011. “Organized Resistance amidst Weak Institutions: The Politics of the Pak Mun Dam.” Critical Asian Studies 42, 2 (June).
2010. “Roundtable on Southeast Asia in Political Science.” Journal of East Asian Studies 10, 2 (June): 171-208. [This is a roundtable on my co-edited book, in which four political scientists critique the book, and the three co-editors then respond.]
2008. “The Paradox of Thailand’s 1997 ‘People’s Constitution’: Be Careful What You Wish For.” Asian Survey 48, 3 (May/June): 373-392.
2006. “Walking a Tightrope: Democracy versus Sovereignty in ASEAN’s Illiberal Peace.” Pacific Review 19, 3 (September): 337-358.
2006. “Thaksin Triumphant: The Implications of One-Party Dominance.” (with Alex M. Mutebi) Asian Affairs 33, 1 (Spring): 39-51.
2004. “United States Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia: The Imperative of Institutions.” Harvard Asia Quarterly (Fall): 4-11.
2003. “The Political Economy of Equitable Development in Thailand.” American Asian Review 21, 4 (Winter): 69-108.
Refereed Publications: Book Chapters
2009. “Development and its Discontents: The Case of the Pak Mun Dam in Northeastern Thailand.” In Dominique Caouette and Sarah Turner, eds., Agrarian Angst and Rural Resistance in Contemporary Southeast Asia (London: Routledge), 135-158.
2008. “Toward Responsible Sovereignty: The Case for Intervention.” In Donald K. Emmerson, ed., Hard Choices: Security, Regionalism, and Democracy in Southeast Asia (Stanford: Walter Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University), 292-313.
2008. “Introduction: The Contributions of Southeast Asian Political Studies to Political Science.” (with Dan Slater and Tuong Vu) In Kuhonta, Slater, and Vu, eds., Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis (Stanford: Stanford University Press), 1-29.
2008. “Studying States in Southeast Asia.” In Kuhonta, Slater, and Vu, eds., Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis (Stanford: Stanford University Press), 30-54.
2008. “Conclusion: Southeast Asia’s Place in Political Science.” (with Dan Slater and Tuong Vu) In Kuhonta, Slater, and Vu, eds., Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis (Stanford: Stanford University Press), 325-331.
Work in Progress
“Dominant Parties and Social Welfare: A Comparative Analysis of Malaysia’s BN/UMNO and Thailand’s Thai Rak Thai.” Revise and Resubmit.
“Cycles of Reform and Counterreaction: Struggling for Equity in Thailand’s Democratic Regimes.”
“Was Thaksin a Populist? Assessing Thailand’s Pro-Poor Policies.”
“Structural Constraints versus Genetic Properties: An Analysis of Contrasting Ontology in the State Formation Literature.”
“Is the Middle Class a Harbinger of Democracy? Evidence from Southeast Asia.”
Party and Party System Institutionalization in Asia. Edited book manuscript with Allen Hicken. To be submitted to academic presses in November 2010.
Commentary, Short Articles
2010. “Democratic Developments in Indonesia.” Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Newsletter Vol. 9, No.1 (Fall). [This is a symposium based on a public roundtable I organized at McGill in March 2010. The symposium includes articles by four authors, which I briefly introduce.]
2010. “Thailand Unravelling.” The Gazette. 19 May.
2009. “What to Read on Thai Politics.” Foreign Affairs. Online 7 July.
2008. “A Research Note on the Middle Class and Democracy in Thailand.” Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Newsletter Vol. 8, No. 2 (Fall): 4-6.
2008. “History Offers Window into Junta’s Motivations.” Embassy: Canada’s Foreign Policy Newsweekly, 28 May.
2007. “What Can Be Done about Burma.” Embassy: Canada’s Foreign Policy Newsweekly, 3 October, p.1.
2006. “The Coup in Thailand: On the Origins of the September 19th Events.” Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Newsletter Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall): 6-9.
2006. “Constitution at the Heart of Thai Coup.” Asia Times Online, 6 October.
2010. Review of Benjamin Reilly and Per Nordlund, eds., Political Parties in Conflict-Prone Societies: Regulation, Engineering, and Democratic Development (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2008). Canadian Journal of Political Science (December).
2010. Review of Richard F. Doner, The Politics of Uneven Development: Thailand in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). Perspectives on Politics (December).
2009. Review of Russell Dalton, Yun-Han Chu, Doh Chull Shin, eds., Party Politics in East Asia: Citizens, Elections, and Democratic Development (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2008). Party Politics 15, 5 (September): 658-660.
2008. Review of Roland Rich, Pacific Asia: In Quest of Democracy (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2007). Contemporary Southeast Asia 30, 3 (December): 482-484.
2006. Review of Duncan McCargo and Ukrist Pathmanand, The Thaksinization of Thailand (Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2005). International Affairs, 82, 2 (March): 409-410.
2005. Review of Bruce D. Missingham, The Assembly of the Poor in Thailand: From Local Struggles to National Protest Movement (Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 2003). Journal of Contemporary Asia 35, 1: 128-129.
2004. Review of Meredith L. Weiss and Saliha Hassan, eds., Social Movements in Malaysia: From Moral Communities to NGOs (London: Routledge Curzon, 2003). Journal of Contemporary Asia 34, 2: 281-283.
2002. Review of Abdul Rahman Embong and Jurgen Rudolph, eds., Southeast Asia into the Twenty First Century: Crisis and Beyond (Bangi, Malaysia: Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2000). Canadian Journal of Political Science 35, 4 (December): 943-944.