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Paul's interests in Southeast Asian politics can be traced to1980-81, when he first lived in the Philippines and witnessed mounting opposition to the rule of Ferdinand Marcos. This eventually led him into Southeast Asian studies at Yale University, where he completed an M.A. in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Political Science. He finished his dissertation while at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and proceeded to fifteen years of service on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the ANU in August 2008.

Career Highlights
Harvard Academy for Area and International Studies, 1991-1993; Faculty, Department of Political Science and Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993-2008; Associate Chair, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, 2004-2007; Professor, ANU, 2008 to present. Visiting Associate Professor, Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore, 2004. Recipient of fellowships from Fulbright-Hays (1989, 1995-96, and 2003), Social Science Research Council (1990-91), American Council of Learned Societies-SSRC (1999), U.S. Institute of Peace (2001), and Asia Research Institute (2005). Program Chair, Association for Asian Studies, annual meetings in Boston, March 2007.

Research interests

Comparative politics and Southeast Asian politics. His research interests include state formation and territorial politics, the politics of patronage, political reform and democratic quality, state-society relations, structures of governance, and corruption.


BA (Macalester), MA, PhD (Yale)

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  • Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific


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