The Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) was established in 2013 to highlight the best new research by young social scientists working on Southeast Asian politics, and to establish a network of scholars in political science and allied disciplines who are working at the forefront of Southeast Asian studies in North America. The conveners of SEAREG are committed to a model of Southeast Asian social sciences that emphasizes the complementarity of discipline, method, and area knowledge.


We are pleased to announce the launch of our annual Public Intellectuals Training workshop. The first instance will be held from December 8-9, 2016 at Duke University in Durham, N.C. More details and registration information are available here.


2015 Young Southeast Asia Fellow Aries Arugay, now an associate professor at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines-Diliman, was heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, discussing the court’s vote to permit former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried in Manila’s Heroes Cemetery.

SEAREG Executive Board member Eddy Malesky, Professor of Political Economy at Duke University, was in a televised interview on Vietnam’s FBNC. He was also on a panel of cutting-edge thinkers at an IMF World Bank Live session discussing the governance gap (Malesky introduced at 27:30).

SEAREG member and 2013 Young Southeast Asia Fellow Paul Schuler, now an assistant professor of political science at the University of Arizona, was interviewed by the Vietnamese-language edition of the BBC. The article, in Vietnamese, discusses the career of Mr. Nguyễn Bá Thanh (1953-2015) who was Party Secretary of Đà Nẵng from 2003 until 2012, when he was appointed to head the Central Internal Affairs office in Hà Nội.

In light of the recent announcement of the serious faculty and curriculum cuts at the Australia National University’s School of Culture, History, and Language, SEAREG is issuing this statement in support of Professor Robert Cribb and ANU’s valuable Asian studies program.


The fifth annual meeting of the Southeast Asia Research Group will be held on June 1-3, 2017 at the University of Texas at Austin. It will feature presentations by the fifth class of Young Southeast Asia Fellows.

Thanks to generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, we are able to make available small travel grants for graduate students traveling to Austin for the 2017 meeting. Click here for more information and to apply.