Meredith Weiss

Meredith Weiss, PhD

Professor and Chair
Director of International Programs
Director of Semester in Washington

Specialization: Comparative Politics
Department of Political Science

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About Professor Weiss

Professor Weiss's research is in the field of comparative politics, focusing on Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Thematically, she explores issues ranging from electoral mobilization and malfeasance, to nationalism and ethnoreligious politics, civil society, gender and sexuality, and new media. Her primary current research projects focus on various dimensions of political networks, party and coalition structures, and the roles and strategies of legislators and other political leaders.

Professor Weiss's first book, Protest and Possibilities: Civil Society and Coalitions for Political Change in Malaysia (Stanford University Press, 2005) examines political mobilization and efforts at political change in 20th century Malaysia, and contrasts coalition-building and reform processes there and in Indonesia. Her second book, Student Activism in Malaysia: Crucible, Mirror, Sideshow (Cornell SEAP/NUS Press, 2011), situates student activism and its suppression as a part of postcolonial political development, focusing on Malaysia and Singapore from the late colonial period until the present. Professor Weiss is also editor or co-editor of eight books: Social Movements in Malaysia: From Moral Communities to NGOs (with Saliha Hassan, RoutledgeCurzon, 2003); Political Violence in South and Southeast Asia (with Itty Abraham and Edward Newman, United Nations University Press, 2010); Student Activism in Asia: Between Protest and Powerlessness (with Edward Aspinall, University of Minnesota Press, Fall 2012); Homophobia Goes Global: States, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression (with Michael Bosia, University of Illinois Press, 2014); Electoral Dynamics in Malaysia: Findings from the Grassroots (ISEAS/SIRD, 2013); The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Malaysia (Routledge, 2014); Electoral Dynamics in Sarawak: Contesting Developmentalism and Rights (with Arnold Puyok, ISEAS/SIRD, 2017); and Political Participation in Asia: Defining and Deploying Political Space (with Eva Hansson, Routledge, forthcoming). She has published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Democratization, New Political Science, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Journal of East Asian StudiesAsian Survey, Critical Asian Studies, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and other journals, in addition to numerous book chapters. She co-edits the Cambridge University Press “Elements” series, Politics and Society in Southeast Asia.

Professor Weiss is a former chair of the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies and member of the AAS Program Committee, and has held a range of positions in the American Political Science Association, such as in the Southeast Asian Politics group, Caucus for a New Political Science, Committee on Siting & Engagement, and LGBT Caucus. She has testified for the House Committee on International Relations (Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific), briefed various US and Australian government agencies, and served as a State Department lecturer in Malaysia. Professor Weiss has held visiting fellowships or professorships at Kyoto University, the Australian National University, Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), University of the Philippines–Diliman, University of Sydney, Universiti Malaya, and Georgetown University. She has been the recipient of Fulbright, SSRC, ARC, and other grants. Professor Weiss received her PhD and MA degrees from Yale University.

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