• Southeast Asian politics – Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar/Burma, Brunei, Timor L’este, Thailand & Singapore
  • Comparative politics – state formation, democracy, freedom, elections, human rights, party politics, political attitudes and political culture, conflict and violence, Islam and Democracy
  • Gender politics – gender participation, rights and gender equality
  • International relations – ASEAN, US/Southeast Asia relations, aid flows, transnational challenges and humanitarian responses



  • Regime Support in Southeast Asia
  • Democratic Citizenship and Youth in Southeast Asia
  • Political Attitudes and Electoral Behavior in Malaysia
  • Leadership and Political Institutions in Southeast Asia
  • Women’s Participation in Politics in Southeast Asia
  • Political Islam and Democracy
  • Contested Internet Freedom and Democracy in Southeast Asia



The WelshGE2015 Poll: Post-Election Insights on Voting in Singapore (by Bridget Welsh)



2018, Regime Resilience in Malaysia and Singapore. (Co-edited with Greg Lopez). (Malaysia: SIRD and Rowman Littlefield)

2016, The End of UMNO?: Essays on Malaysia’s dominant party. (Malaysia: Petaling Jaya)

2014, Bangkit: Tempoh Pent Adbiran Abdullah Badawi di Malaysia. (Co-edited with James Chin)

2013, Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years in Malaysia. (Co-edited with James Chin). (Kuala Lumpur: SIRD)

2012, Democracy TakeOff? The Habibie Period (co-edited with Dewi Fortuna Anwar). (Jakarta: Sinar Harapan)

2012, Penang in Numbers. (co-authored with Ramesh Chander). (Penang: UPEN- Penang Institute)

2009, Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years in Singapore. (Co-edited with James Chin, Arun Mahizhnan & Tan Tarn How) (Singapore: National University Press)

2008, A Legacy of Engagement in Southeast Asia. (Co-edited with Ann Marie Murphy). (Singapore: ISEAS)

2004, Reflections: The Mahathir Years. (Washington, DC:  Johns Hopkins University-SAIS)



2019, “Back To The Past?,” ISIS Focus. Vol 1/2019, No. 9.

2019, “Euphoria Dashed: Malaysia’s Struggle With Political Transition,” Global Asia. Vol 14, No. 1 (March), pp. 84-96.

2018, “‘Saviour’ Politics and Malaysia’s 2018 Electoral Democratic Breakthrough: Rethinking Explanatory Narratives and Implications,” Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs. Vol 37, No. 3 (2018), pp. 85–108.

2018, “Special Issue Introduction: The 2018 Malaysian General Elections: The Return of
Mahathir and the Exit of UMNO,” (with James Chin) Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs. Vol 37, No. 3 (2018), pp. 3-8.

2018, “From the Streets to the Courtroom: Judicial Electoral Contestation,” Relazioni Internazionali e International Political Economy del Sud-Est Asiatico. Vol. 3, No. 1 (March,) pp 5-6.

2017, “Trends in Soft Power in East Asia: Distance, Diversity and Drivers,” (with Kai-Ping Huang) Global Asia. Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2017, pp. 112-117.

2016, “So Close, but Yet So Far: Public Perceptions of ASEAN”, (with Kai-Ping Huang)  ASEAN Briefs. Vol. 3, Issue 6, (August).

2016, “Political Identities, Engagement and Voting in Singapore’s 2015 Election” in Terence Lee and Kevin YL Tan, Change in Voting: Singapore’s 2015 General Election (Singapore: Ethos), pp. 191-219.

2016, “Clientelism and Control: The PAP’s Fight for Safety” Round Table. Online Publication, March 16, 2016.

2015. “Elections in Malaysia: voting behavior and electoral integrity,” in Meredith L. Weiss (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Malaysia. (London: Routledge Press)

2015, “Millennials and East Asia’s Democratic Future,” (with Yun-han Chu) Journal of Democracy, Vol. 26, No. 2, April, pp.151-64

2015, “Choosing China: public perceptions of choosing ‘China as a model’,”  (co-authored with Alex Chang). Journal of Contemporary China.

2014, Youth and Democratic Citizenship in East and South-East Asia: Exploring political attitudes of East and South-East Asian youth through the Asian Barometer Survey. Reported prepared for UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre and Asian Barometer.

2013, “Malaysia’s: A Step Backward,” Journal of Democracy. Volume 24/2 (October), pp. 136-150.

2013, “Trauma and Triumphalism in Malaysia,” Current History. September 2013. Vol. 112.

2013, “Congruence and Variation in Sources of Regime Support in Asia,” (coauthored with Alex Chang and Yun-han Chu). Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Volume 9, No. 1 (July), pp. 221-237.

2013, “Southeast Asia: Sources of Regime Support,” Journal of Democracy. Volume 24/2 (April), pp. 150-164.

2011, “Does Difference Matter: Particular and National Identities in Singapore’s 2011 General Election,” in Kelvin YL Tan and Terence Lee (eds.). Voting in Change: Politics of Singapore’s 2011 General Election. (Singapore, Ethos Books)

2010, “Mobbing in Indonesia: in Ashutosh Varshney (ed.) Collective Violence in Indonesia. (Boulder, Co: Lynne Rienner Press)

2008. “Muslim Professional Associations and Politics in Southeast Asia,” NBR Analysis. Volume 18/2 (March), pp. 35-51.

2006, Malaysia’s Sarawak State Elections 2006: Understanding a Break in the BN Armor. Report prepared for the National Democratic Institute, Washington, DC.