Islamism in Southeast Asia Participant Bios

Edmund Terence Gomez

Edmund Terence Gomez is Professor of Political Economy at the Faculty of Economics & Administration, University of Malaya.  He has also held appointments at the University of Leeds (UK) and Murdoch University (Australia) and served as Visiting Professor at Kobe University, Japan.  Between 2005 and 2008, he served as Research Coordinator at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva, Switzerland.  Other academic appointments include Visiting Fellowships at the Australian National University and at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Denmark.

His publications include Malaysia’s Political Economy: Politics, Patronage and Profits (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Chinese Business in Malaysia: Accumulation, Ascendance, Accommodation (University of Hawaii Press, 1999), Ethnic Futures: The State and Identity Politics in Asia (Sage, 2000),Political Business in East Asia (Routledge, 2002), Chinese Enterprise, Transnationalism and Identity (Routledge, 2003), The State of Malaysia: Ethnicity, Equity and Reform (Routledge, 2004),The State, Development and Identity in Multi-ethnic Countries: Ethnicity, Equity and the Nation (Routledge, 2008), The Chinese in Britain, 1800-Present: Economy, Transnationalism and Identity (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008), The Politics of Resource Extraction: Indigenous Peoples, Multinational Corporations and the State (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012)  and Affirmative Action, Ethnicity and Conflict (Routledge, 2013).

Kikue Hamayotsu

Kikue Hamayotsu is Associate Professor at Department of Political Science and Faculty Associate at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University. Before joining the NIU faculty, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies and a postdoctoral fellow in Modern Southeast Asian Studies at Columbia University. Dr. Hamayotsu has conducted research on state-religion relations in both Indonesia and Malaysia. Her current research projects include religious parties and electoral politics, religious freedom and the quality of democracy in democratic Indonesia. In 2011, she was appointed as Visiting Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore. Her recent publications include: “Bringing Clientelism and Institutions Back In: The Rise and Fall of Religious Parties in Indonesia’s Electoral Democracy,” Party Politics in Southeast Asia: Clientelism and Electoral Competition in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, edited by Dirk Tomsa and Andreas Ufen (London: Routledge, 2012), “The Political Economy of Islamist Mobilization in a Muslim Democracy: Political Rise of PKS in Post-authoritarian Indonesia,” Asian Survey, Vol.51, No.5 (September/October 2011).

Allen Hicken

Allen Hicken is Associate Professor of Political Science, a Research Associate Professor at the Center for Political Studies, and Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. He studies political parties, institutions, political economy, and policy making in developing countries, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He has carried out research in Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Cambodia and is the author of a book on parties and elections in Thailand and the Philippines, entitled, Building Party Systems in Developing Democracies, by Cambridge University Press. He is the editor of two volumes: Party and Party System Institutionalization in Asia (Cambridge University Press, co-edited with Erik Kuhonta), and Politics of Modern Southeast Asia: Critical Issues in Modern Politics, (Routledge). His articles have appeared in American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of East Asian Studies, Asian Survey, and Electoral Studies.

Joseph Chinyong Liow

Joseph Chinyong Liow is Professor of Comparative and International Politics and Associate Dean at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. Joseph’s research interests lie in the fields of Muslim politics and civil society in Southeast Asia and the international politics of East Asia. He is the author and editor of 11 books and monographs including Muslim Resistance in Southern Thailand and Southern Philippines: Religion, Ideology, and Politics (Washington D.C.: East-West Centre), Islamic Education in Southern Thailand: Tradition and Transformation (Singapore: ISEAS, 2009), and Piety and Politics: Islamism in Contemporary Malaysia (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009). He is also co-editor of the four volume Routledge Series Islam in Southeast Asia. Joseph has also published in numerous peer-reviewed academic journals, including Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, Asian Security, Asian Survey, Journal of Islamic Studies, and Modern Asian Studies. In addition to his scholarly works, Joseph has also published in major policy journals such as Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, and NBR Analysis. Joseph has also consulted for several MNCs including Shell, Statoil, BHP Billiton, Monitor 360, and Chevron International, and is a regular commentator in the international media. Joseph serves as co-editor of the Routledge Asian Security Studies book series and associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal Asian Security. He is also on the editorial board of South East Asia Research, Journal of Defense Studies and Resource Management, and Journal of International and Global Studies, and currently sits on the advisory board of the NTU Academic Council.

Pauline Jones Luong

Pauline Jones Luong’s scholarly work contributes broadly to the study of institutional origin, change, and impact in a wide variety of settings: newly emergent states with multiple competing subnational identities, states transitioning from planned to market economies, states rich in natural resources, and states with predominantly Muslim populations. The empirical basis for her work has been primarily the former Soviet Union (FSU) -- particularly the five Central Asian republics that gained independence in 1991 (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). However, she has also engaged in broad cross-national comparisons across regions, including Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), utilizing a combination of controlled case comparisons and statistical analysis. Future research will explore the institutionalization of secularism and the politics of extremism, focusing on countries with predominantly Muslim populations. Pauline Jones Luong is the Director of the Islamic Studies Program and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan.

Duncan McCargo

Duncan McCargo is Professor of Southeast Asian Politics at the University of Leeds. He is best known as a specialist on contemporary Thailand, where he regularly conducts extended fieldwork, most recently for the whole of 2012. McCargo divides his time between Britain and New York, where he is a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, and an Associate Fellow at Asia Society. His ten books include Politics and the Press in Thailand (Routlege 2000), Media and Politics in Pacific Asia (Routledge 2003), The Thaksinization of Thailand (co-authored NIAS 2005), Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell 2008) (which won the inaugural 2009 Bernard Schwartz Book Prize from the Asia Society), and most recently Mapping National Anxieties: Thailand's Southern Conflict (NIAS 2012). He currently holds a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship to work on politics and justice in Thailand.

Marina Ottaway

Marina Ottaway is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a long-time analyst of political transformations in Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East. She is working on a project at the Wilson Center about the countries of the Arab Spring and Iraq. Ottaway joined the Wilson Center after 14 years at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, during which she played a central role in launching the Middle East Program. Prior to that, she carried out research in Africa and in the Middle East for many years and taught at Georgetown University, the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, the American University in Cairo, the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, the University of Zambia, and Addis Ababa University. Her extensive research experience is reflected in her publications, which include nine authored books and six edited ones. Her most recent publications include Getting to Pluralism, co-authored with Amr Hamzawy and Yemen on the Brink, co-edited with Christopher Boucek. While at Carnegie, she also supervised their Guide to Egypt’s Transition, a website that provides background and analysis on issues that will shape Egypt’s political future, and Iraqi Elections 2010, an online guide to Iraqi politics. Ottaway received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Thomas Pepinsky

Thomas Pepinsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. His research lies at the intersection of comparative politics and international political economy, with a focus on emerging markets in Southeast Asia. He is the author of Economic Crises and the Breakdown of Authoritarian Regimes: Indonesia and Malaysia in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2009), as well as articles appearing or forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, Journal of East Asian Studies, World Development, World Politics, and other venues. Currently, he is working on two broad research agendas: Islam and contemporary Indonesian politics, and the politics of the Global Financial Crisis in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Joel Selway

Joel Selway is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Interim Director of the Politics, Economics and Development Lab (PEDL) at Brigham Young University. His research explores the interplay between social identity (ethnicity, religion, class, etc.) and political institutions, and he has written on topics salient in the developing world, such as civil war, riots, economic development, and the provision of health and education. He has a regional focus on Southeast Asia and has written on Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia and Burma. His book manuscript (currently under review), entitled United They Stand, Represented They Fall, is about electoral rules and public goods provision in the developing world, and contains several Southeast Asian cases. His articles have appeared in World Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of East Asian Studies, and Southeast Asia Research.

Meredith Weiss

Meredith Weiss joined the faculty of the Political Science department at the University at Albany in Fall 2008. Professor Weiss’s research is in the field of comparative politics, focusing on Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Thematically, she explores processes and patterns of political development and mobilization, including such dimensions as electoral patterns and processes, nationalism and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, Islamism, “new media,” and coalition-building in both civil society and electoral politics. Her primary current research projects explore, on the one hand, clientelist networks and patronage flows as part of electoral politics in Southeast Asia, and on the other, the intermeshing of feminist and “queer” discourses and identities in the region.

Professor Weiss’s first book, Protest and Possibilities: Civil Society and Coalitions for Political Change in Malaysia (Stanford University Press, 2005) examines political mobilization and efforts at political change in 20th century Malaysia, and contrasts coalition-building and reform processes there and in Indonesia. Her second book, Student Activism in Malaysia: Crucible, Mirror, Sideshow (Cornell SEAP/NUS Press, 2011), situates student activism and its suppression as a part of postcolonial political development, focusing on Malaysia and Singapore from the late colonial period until the present. Professor Weiss is also co-editor of four books: Social Movements in Malaysia: From Moral Communities to NGOs (with Saliha Hassan, RoutledgeCurzon, 2003), which analyzes the development of civil society in Malaysia, focusing on several of the most important social movements there; Political Violence in South and Southeast Asia (with Itty Abraham and Edward Newman, United Nations University Press, 2010), which explores the significance, nature, and roots of violent political contention in these two regions; Student Activism in Asia: Between Protest and Powerlessness (with Edward Aspinall, University of Minnesota Press, Fall 2012), which compares campus-based movements across Northeast and Southeast Asia; and Homophobia Goes Global: States, Movements, and the Diffusion of Oppression (with Michael Bosia, University of Illinois Press, forthcoming), which explores an apparent global trend toward overtly political, often state-sponsored, homophobia. In addition, Professor Weiss has published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Democratization,New Political Science, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Journal of East Asian Studies, Asian Survey, Critical Asian Studies, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and other journals, in addition to numerous book chapters.

Professor Weiss is a former chair of the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and member of the AAS Board of Directors. In the American Political Science Association (APSA), she currently serves on the Committee on Siting & Engagement, as 2013 Program Chair (and past Treasurer) of the Caucus for a New Political Science, and as Communications Officer of the Sexuality & Politics section; she is also past chair of the LGBT Caucus. She has testified for the House Committee on International Relations (Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific), given briefings for the US Trade Representative and State Department, and served as a State Department lecturer in Malaysia. Professor Weiss came to the University at Albany after three years at the East-West Center in Washington, DC; prior to that, she was on the faculty at DePaul University. She has held visiting fellowships also at the University of Sydney, Universiti Malaya, Georgetown University, and the Australian National University, and has been the recipient of Fulbright, SSRC, and other grants. Professor Weiss received her PhD and MA degrees from Yale University.