Jason P. Abbott, PhD

Endowed Chair in Asian Democracy, Center for Asian Democracy; Director, Center for Asian Democracy; Professor


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Dr. 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).

Honors and Awards

(2013) $15,785 -Asia Network - 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”

(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.

Teaching Areas

Government and Politics of Southeast Asia
Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics
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)