Jason P. Abbott, Ph.D.

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



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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

Abbott, Jason P. and Kevin Fahey (2014) “The State and Direction of Asian Comparative Politics: Who, What Where, How?” Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 109-134.

Abbott, Jason P., Andrew MacDonald, and John Wagner Givens (2013) “New Social Media and (Electronic) Democratization in East and Southeast Asia: China and Malaysia Compared”, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Vol. 9, No.2, pp. 105-137

Abbott, Jason P.  (2013) “Introduction: Assessing the Social and Political Impact of the Internet and New Social Media in East Asia,” Special issue of Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 34, No. 4. pp. 579-590

Abbott, Jason P. (2012) “Cacophony or Empowerment? Analyzing the Impact of New Information Communication Technologies and New Social Media in Southeast Asia”, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 4:1, pp. 3-32

Abbott, Jason P., (2012), “Democracy@internet.org Revisited: analysing the socio-political impact of the Internet and new social media in East Asia”, Third World Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 333-358

Abbott, Jason, P. (2011) “Electoral Authoritarianism and the Print Media in Malaysia: Measuring Political Bias”, Asian Affairs: An American Review, Vol. 38, No. 1 pp. 1-38

Honors and 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.

2013, $15,785ASIANetwork- Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellows Program For Collaborative Research In Asia Awarded ---Abbott, Jason P., Meagan Floyd and Michael Zeller. Project title: “State of Suspension: Refugee Life In Absentia of Global Norms and Models For Resolution”

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 Areas and Projects

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.

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)