Meredith Weiss is Professor of Political Science and founding Director of the SUNY/CUNY Southeast Asia Consortium. She has published widely on social mobilization and civil society, the politics of identity and development, electoral politics and parties, institutional reform, and subnational governance in Southeast Asia, with particular focus on Malaysia and Singapore. Her books include Protest and Possibilities: Civil Society and Coalitions for Political Change in Malaysia (Stanford, 2006); Student Activism in Malaysia: Crucible, Mirror, Sideshow (Cornell SEAP, 2011); The Roots of Resilience: Party Machines and Grassroots Politics in Southeast Asia (Cornell, 2020); and the co-authored Mobilizing for Elections: Patronage and Political Machines in Southeast Asia (Cambridge, 2022). She has also edited or co-edited over a dozen volumes, most recently, Routledge Handbook of Civil and Uncivil Society in Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2022) and Putting Women Up: Promoting Gender Equality in Myanmar Politics (ISEAS, forthcoming). Her articles appear in Asian Studies Review, Asian Survey, Critical Asian Studies, Democratization, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Democracy, Journal of Human Rights, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, World Politics, and other journals. Her primary current projects include collaborative studies of urban governance and public-goods delivery, of civil society in Southeast Asia, and of youth politics in Asia; and a monograph on Malaysian sociopolitical development.
Professor Weiss co-edits the Cambridge University Press Elements book series on Politics and Society in Southeast Asia and is associate editor for Southeast Asia of the Association for Asian Studies’ (AAS) Journal of Asian Studies. She was co-founder and inaugural chair of the Southeast Asian Politics related group of the American Political Science Association (APSA), has chaired the Southeast Asia Council of the AAS and APSA’s Asia Workshops steering committee, and is a co-convener of the Women in Southeast Asian Social Sciences (WiSEASS) network. Having worked previously at the East-West Center Washington and DePaul University before joining the department in 2008, she has also held visiting fellowships or professorships in Australia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and the US. She received her MA and PhD in Political Science from Yale University and a BA in Political Science, Policy Studies, and English from Rice University.
Edward Aspinall, Meredith L. Weiss, Allen Hicken, and Paul Hutchcroft, Mobilizing for Elections: Patronage and Political Machines in Southeast Asia (Cambridge UP, 2022)
Meredith L. Weiss, The Roots of Resilience: Party Machines and Grassroots Politics in Southeast Asia (Cornell UP and NUS Press, 2020)
Meredith L. Weiss, Student Activism in Malaysia: Crucible, Mirror, Sideshow (Cornell SEAP and NUS Press, 2011)
Meredith L. Weiss, Protest and Possibilities: Civil Society and Coalitions for Political Change in Malaysia (Stanford UP, 2006)
Eva Hansson and Meredith L. Weiss (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Civil and Uncivil Society in Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2023)
Cheng Chen and Meredih L. Weiss (ed.), The Political Logics of Anticorruption Efforts in Asia (SUNY Press, 2019)
Meredith L. Weiss and Michael J. Bosia (ed.), Global Homophobia: States, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression (U of Illinois Press, 2013)
Meredith L. Weiss and Edward Aspinall (ed.), Student Activism in Asia: Between Protest and Powerlessness (U of Minnesota Press, 2012)
Meredith L. Weiss and Ibrahim Suffian, “Decline and Fall of Malaysia’s Dominant-Party System,” Pacific Affairs 96:2 (2022), pp. 281-301, https://pacificaffairs.ubc.ca/perspectives/decline-and-fall-of-malaysias-dominant-party-system/
Allen Hicken, Edward Aspinall, Meredith L. Weiss, and Burhanuddin Muhtadi, “Buying Brokers,” World Politics 74: 1 (2022), pp. 77–120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0043887121000216
Meredith L. Weiss, “Can Civil Society Safeguard Rights in Asia?,” Asian Studies Review 45:1 (2021), pp. 13-27, https://doi.org/10.1080/10357823.2020.1828274
Meredith L. Weiss, “Building Solidarity on the Margins: Seeking SOGIE Rights in ASEAN,” Journal of Human Rights 20:2 (2021), pp. 194–210.
Meredith L. Weiss, “Legacies of the Cold War in Malaysia: Anything But Communism,” Journal of Contemporary Asia 50:4 (2020), pp. 511–29.
Lee Morgenbesser and Meredith L. Weiss, “Survive and Thrive: Field Research in Authoritarian Southeast Asia,” Asian Studies Review 42:3 (September 2018), pp. 385-403.https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10357823.2018.1472210
Meredith L. Weiss, “Going to the Ground (or AstroTurf): A Grassroots View of Regime Resilience,” Democratization 24:2 (March 2017), pp. 265-82.https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13510347.2016.1160059