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. 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 excited to announce that five of the 2018 Young Southeast Asia Fellows will present their work at the upcoming meeting at Georgetown University (May 31 – June 2, 2018): Sebastian Dettman (Government, Cornell), Dotan Haim (Political Science, UC San Diego), Carmen J. Ho (2017-18 Takemi Associate, Harvard; Political Science, Toronto), Rachel Jacobs (Political Science, UW-Madison), and Alexandre Pelletier (Political Science, Toronto)! Please click here for more information and links to their profiles. Come hear them present their work at the upcoming SEAREG meeting in Georgetown (May 31 – June 2).

The second Public Intellectuals workshop was held from February 19-20 at Duke University. A new feature of this program was the interactive interview in which participants were placed into a studio setting with full lights, microphones, and cameras and asked about their research as though engaged in a live Q&A by a news organization. The remainder of the group watched in real time from another room and was able to provide helpful comments upon the interviewee’s return. Details about registration for the third workshop will be announced on this page.

Joseph Harris (a SEAREG 2015-16 Young Southeast Asia Fellow) has had his new book, Achieving Access: Professional Movements and the Politics of Health Universalism, published by Cornell University Press! Harris workshopped parts of Achieving Access at the 2015 SEAREG meeting and benefited from feedback he received. Achieving Access is one of a growing number of books and articles by past and current SEAREG Fellows. (To get your copy for 30% off, use coupon code FLYER09 at checkout.)

We are proud to introduce five new 2017 Young Southeast Asia Fellows who will present their papers at SEAREG-East: Walid Abdullah (Nanyang Technical University), Colm Fox (Singapore Management University), Kai-ping Huang (National Taiwan University), Sol Iglesias (National University of Singapore), and Lê Việt Phú (Fulbright University Vietnam). Please click here for more information and links to their profiles. Come hear them present their work in Ho Chi Minh City in December (12-14)!

In support of its mission to establish a network of scholars working at the forefront of Southeast Asian studies, SEAREG is expanding its partnerships and regional outreach with the inauguration of SEAREG-East. The first SEAREG-East annual meeting will be from December 12-14, 2017, and is hosted by the School of Public Policy and Management at Fulbright University in Ho Chi Minh City (232 Võ Thị Sáu, Phường 7, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam). This meeting is made possible by a generous grant from the Henry R. Luce Foundation. Register here to attend the first SEAREG-East meeting.

SEAREG Executive Board member Tom Pepinsky was quoted in the Washington Post, using his expertise on authoritarian regimes to help inform readers’ understanding of current events.

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

We are delighted to announce the selection of the 2017 Young Southeast Asia Fellows: Andrea Di Miceli (UCLA – Anderson School of Management), Mai Nguyen (Political Science, NYU), Kerry Persen (Political Science, Stanford), Sharon Quinsaat (Visiting Asst. Prof., Sociology, Grinnell), and Ryan Tans (Political Science, Emory)! Please click here for more information and links to their profiles. Come hear them present their work in Austin on June 1-3!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 Pre-Dissertation Fellowship. Made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, this award is designed for Ph.D. students who have not advanced to candidacy and need to conduct in-region research in order to develop a compelling dissertation proposal.

Congratulations to Eddy Malesky and his co-authors on the publication of their book: China’s Governance Puzzle – Enabling Transparency and Participation in a Single-Party State! Comparing across provinces and over time, Jonathan Stromseth (Brookings Institution), Edmund Malesky (Duke University), and Dimitar Gueorguiev (Syracuse University) argue that China’s governance reforms are resulting in lower corruption and enhanced legal compliance, but these outcomes also depend on a broader societal ecosystem that includes an active media and robust civil society. (Use coupon code MALESKY2017 for a 20% discount at the publisher’s website.)

SEAREG convener Tom Pepinsky was interviewed by Think Progress, using his expertise on authoritarianism to comment on patterns revealed by the first 20 days of the Trump administration.

The Journal of East Asian Studies (JEAS) is now an official partner of SEAREG. SEAREG members can receive discounted individual subscriptions of $40 for print + online and $10 for online only. Both options include full archive access back to the first issue. The number is 1-800-872-7423 (select option 1 for Customer Services, then option 1 for Journal Subscriptions).

2013 Young Southeast Asia Fellow Kai Ostwald, assistant professor at the Institute of Asian Research and the department of political science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, was quoted in The Atlantic, comparing America’s situation to that of Malaysia, where urban voters are disillusioned after failing to unseat the ruling party despite winning the popular vote in the 2013 election.

The launch of SEAREG’s annual Public Intellectuals Training workshop was held from December 8-9, 2016 at Duke University in Durham, N.C. One attendee noted, “The workshop struck an ideal balance between providing broad overviews and specific, actionable advice. I honestly found it to be among the most valuable workshops I have attended.” Another stated “I really appreciated the interactive and informal nature of the workshop. It made the otherwise long sessions substantially less monotonous and a lot more fun!” Details about registration for the 2017 workshop will be announced on this page.

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.