Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Michael Buehler

Key information

Department of Politics and International Studies Admissions Tutor: MSc Politics of Asia Centre of South East Asian Studies Academic Staff
MSc (LSE), PhD (LSE)
Russell Square: College Buildings
Email address
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By appointment (link in Bio)


Michael Buehler is a Reader in Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London specialising in Southeast Asian politics, his teaching and research interests revolve around state-society relations under conditions of democratization and decentralisation.

Previously he taught at Columbia University and Northern Illinois University. He has also held research fellowships at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University in Kyoto, the Center for Equality Development and Globalization Studies at Northwestern University in Chicago, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute in New York City, and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in Leiden. 

Michael Buehler has been an Associate Research Fellow at the Asia Society in New York City since 2011.

Research interests

  • Comparative Politics
  • Elections and Party Politics
  • Islam
  • Local Politics
  • Southeast Asian Politics
  • Public Policy

PhD Supervision

Currently open for PhD supervision, offering guidance and mentorship in the areas of Comparative Politics, Democratization, Local Politics, and Southeast Asia.

Name Title
Christian Jean Bachheimer "Unpacking Patterns & Concepts of hedging strategies in Indonesia, Asean with the wider Asia Pacific Powers
Mireille Marcia Karman
Dwi Kiswanto Centre-Periphery Relations: Politics and Informalities in Indonesia's Intergovernmental Budget Allocation
Munalula Ngenda Explaining the Evolution of Opposition Political Mobilization in Zambia, 1991 - 2021
Ibrahim Nyei Decentralisation reforms and the implications for power and authority relations in a centralised unitary state. A study of decentralisation reforms in Liberia
Salman Rafi Intra-Ethnic Fragmentation and the Politics of De-centralising Constitutional Change in Pakistan: A Comparative Study
Mr Chris Weeks Human trafficking in the wake of natural disaster: the case of Typhoon Haiyan


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