SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Carlo Bonura

MA, PhD (University of Washington)
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Carlo Bonura
Department of Politics and International Studies

Student Welfare Tutor

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Academic Staff, Centre of South East Asian Studies

Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice (CCRJ)


Dr Carlo Bonura
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SOAS, University of London
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Carlo Bonura is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Southeast Asian Politics.  He received his PhD. from the University of Washington in political science, and his research spans the fields of comparative political thought and Southeast Asian politics.

Previously Dr. Bonura was a research project officer/associate with the Comparative Political Thought Project organised by the Centre for Political Ideologies in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford (2008-11).  He was also appointed the Luce Assistant Professor of Muslim Societies in Southeast Asia in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA (2003-2008).


  • Comparison in Political Thought
  • Contemporary Islamic political thought in Southeast Asia
  • Southeast Asian politics
  • Continental political theory


Carlo Bonura’s current research focuses the diverse debates over Islamic conceptualisations of civil society and liberalism found in Malaysia and Indonesia.  His research explores the active engagement within contemporary Southeast Asian Islamic thought with Islamic reformist thought, European theories of civil society, and the challenges of popular contestation over public religion, secularism and multiculturalism.  More broadly, Dr. Bonura’s work examines the status of comparison as a concept within political theory.  He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Logics of Comparison: the Conceptualization of Islamic Civil Society and Comparative Political Thought.  Dr. Bonura’s parallel research interests lie in the politics of Malay Muslim communities in southern Thailand and the ongoing political violence in the region.  


Journal Articles

Bonura, Carlo and Buser, Michael and Fannin, Maria and Boyer, Kate (2013) 'Cultural Activism and the Politics of Place-Making.' City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 17 (4). (In Press)

Bonura, Carlo (2012) 'Theorizing Elsewhere: Comparison and Topological Reasoning in Political Theory.' Polity, 45 . pp. 34-55.

Bonura, Carlo (2008) 'Indeterminate Geographies of Political Violence in Southern Thailand.' Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, 33 (4). pp. 383-412.

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