SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Carlo Bonura

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

Director of Learning and Teaching

SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

Academic Staff, Centre of South East Asian Studies

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice


Dr Carlo Bonura
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Carlo Bonura is a Senior Lecturer 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).



Comparative political thought; Contemporary Islamic thought in Southeast Asia; Southeast Asian politics, particularly Thailand and Malaysia; Culture and politics.

 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.  


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Bonura, Carlo (2015) 'Documentary as Montage: The ambivalence of post-authoritarian Indonesia in Amir Muhammad's The year of living vicariously'. Indonesia and the Malay World, (43) 127, pp 413-430.

Buser, Michael and Bonura, Carlo 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) 5, pp 606-627.

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.

Book Reviews

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Bonura, Carlo (2022) 'Review of: Illusions of democracy: Malaysian politics and people'. South East Asia Research, pp 1-3. [Forthcoming]


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