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Jason P. Abbott, Ph.D.

Jason P. Abbott, Ph.D.


  • Aung San Suu Kyi Endowed Chair, Center for Asian Democracy
  • Director, Center for Asian Democracy
  • Associate Professor, Political Science



  • Second Floor, Room 204
  • Stevenson Hall, Belknap Campus

Phone Number

  • 502-852-6832

Email Address




Click here to visit Dr. Abbott's Blog on Southeast Asian politics.


Doctor Jason Abbott joined the university in July 2010, after previously holding positions at The University of Surrey, The School of Oriental and African Studies at The University of London, and the Department of International Studies, Nottingham Trent University. He is the author/editor of five books and over 20 articles and book chapters on issues of democratization, economic development, political economy and regional security in Southeast Asia (and Malaysia in particular). He is also an experienced broadcaster and has provided interviews to a range of media organizations, including the BBC 24, BBC World Service, CNN, Al-Jazeera and Voice of America as well as consultancy advice to Research Analysts at the Foreign Office of the United Kingdom, Oxford Analytica, and the International Transport Workers Federation (a study on the impact of globalization with Dr. Frank Faulkner, University of Derby).

Selected Publications

  • 2011, (forthcoming) "Electoral Authoritarianism and the Print Media in Malaysia: Measuring Political Bias and Analyzing its Cause", Asian Affairs: An American Review, 38: 1-38
  • 2010 (with Gregorios-Pippas) “Islamization in Malaysia: processes and dynamics”, Contemporary Politics, Vol. 16 No. 2, June
  • 2009 “Malaysia’s transitional moment? Democratic transition theory and the problem of Malaysian exceptionalism”, Southeast Asia Research, Vol. 17, No.2, pp 175-200
  • 2009, "Economic Development in the East Asian (Semi)Periphery: Reintroducing dependency as a conceptual tool of analysis", in Owen Worth and Phoebe Moore, Globalization and the New Semi-Peripheries of the 21st century, London: Palgrave (pp. 82-101)

Educational Background

  • Dr. Abbott received his undergraduate joint honors degree in Politics and History at The University of Newcastle, United Kingdom and studied for his Doctorate at both Newcastle University and The Nottingham Trent University, where he was awarded his PhD in 1998.

Teaching Areas

  • He currently teaches POLS 367 Government and Politics of Southeast Asia, POL649 Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics and POL506 Hot Topics in International Relations.
  • He has previously taught, among others, course on International Political Economy, The Government and Politics of East Asia, Contemporary World History Since 1945, An Introduction to World Politics, International Relations Theory, and Research Methods and the Philosophy of Science.

Research Interests

  • Comparative Democratization, Comparative Politics, Political Economy, International Security, Political Organizations and Parties, International History and Politics, Religion and Politics, Race, Ethnicity and Politics, Elections and Voting Behavior, Political Communication, Information Technology and Politics.

Honors & Awards

  • 2008 Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education Curriculum Innovation Award– (Experience Based Learning in Politics)
  • 2007 University of Surrey Teaching with new Technologies Award (Social Networking and Experience Based Learning)
  • 2000 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant for attendance at The International Studies Association annual convention, Los Angeles, March 15-18.

Professional Memberships

  • International Studies Association
  • The American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • The Asian Studies Association (ASA),
  • The British International Studies Association (BISA)
  • The Political Studies Association (PSA) of the United Kingdom,
  • And the International Studies Association (ISA)
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