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Kikue HamayotsuKikue Hamayotsu

Comparative Politics, Southeast Asian Politics, Politics of Identity, Political Islam, Religion and Politics

Office: Zulauf Hall 404
Dept. Office Phone: (815) 753-1011


Overview of Scholarly Activity

Dr Kikue Hamayotsu is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University and Faculty Associate at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Her primary research interests and the majority of her publications focus on comparative democratization, religion and politics, identity politics, and state-society relations in Muslim-majority states in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia and Malaysia. Her current research projects include religious freedom and democracy, religious movements and political parties, identity politics, and religious conflict. She is currently completing a book manuscript titled Intolerant Islam: Democratization, Religion and Conflict in Southeast Asia. Previously she held research positions at Columbia University, the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore, and Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies. Her general research and teaching interests include: Comparative Politics, Religion and Politics, Political Islam, Democratization, Social Movements, Ethnic Conflict, Southeast Asian Politics and Qualitative Research Methods. She completed her Ph.D. at the Australian National University.

Selected Publications and Working Papers

“Conservative Turn? Religion, State and Conflict in Indonesia,” Pacific Affairs: Volume 87, No. 4 (December 2014):  815-825.

“The Limits of Civil Society in Democratic Indonesia: Media Freedom and Religious Intolerance,” Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 43, No. 4 (November 2013): 658-677.

“Towards a More Democratic Regime and Society? The Politics of Faith and Ethnicity in a Transitional Multi-Ethnic Malaysia” Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Vol. 32, No. 2 (February 2013): 61-88.

"Bringing Clientelism and Institutions Back In: The Rise and Fall of Religious Parties in Indonesia's Electoral Democracy",Party Politics in Southeast Asia: Clientelism and Electoral Competition in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, edited by Dirk Tomsa and Andreas Ufen (London: Routledge, 2012).

"Once a Muslim, Always a Muslim: The Politics of State Enforcement of Syariah in Contemporary Malaysia," South East Asia Research, Vol. 20, No. 3 (September 2012): 399-421.

"The End of Political Islam? A Comparative Analysis of Religious Parties in the Muslim Democracy of Indonesia," Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Vol. 30, No. 3 (December 2011): 133-59.

"The Political Economy of Islamist Mobilization in a Muslim Democracy: Political Rise of PKS in Post-authoritarian Indonesia," Asian Survey, Vol. 51, No. 5 (September/October 2011).

”Beyond Faith and Identity: Mobilizing Islamic Youth in Democratric Indonesia," The Pacific Review, Vol. 24, No. 2 (May 2011).

”Crises of Identity in PAS and Beyond: Islam and Politics in Post 8 March Malaysia," The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 99, No. 407 (April 2010).

Beyond Doctrine and Dogma: Religion and Politics in Southeast Asia” in Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis, edited by Erik Kuhonta, Dan Slater, and Tuong Vu (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008).

“Islamization, Patronage and Political Ascendancy: The Politics and Business of Islam in Malaysia,” edited by Edmund Terrence Gomez (Rutledge Curzon, 2004).

Politics of Syariah Reform: The Making of the State Religio-Legal Apparatus,” in Malaysia: Islam, Society and Politics, edited by Virginia Hooker and Norani Othman (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2003). 

Islam and Nation Building in Southeast Asia: Malaysia and Indonesia in Comparative Perspective,” Pacific Affairs, Vol. 75, No. 3 (Fall 2002): 353-375.