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Welcome! I am an associate professor in Comparative Politics at the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University. I was previously a Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow and I am currently a Discovery Award Fellow, both from the Australian Research Council. A regular contributor to national and international media outlets, my research focuses on the topics of authoritarian politics, democratization, dictators, election observation and Southeast Asian politics. My first book, which is titled Behind the Façade: Elections under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (SUNY Press, 2016), examined why authoritarian regimes hold elections. My most recent book, which is titled The Rise of Sophisticated Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2020), analyses the evolution of authoritarian rule in Southeast Asia using a new theory and original evidence. Stay tuned for more!

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