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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. Hamayotsu is Associate Professor of Political Science. She completed her Ph.D. at Australian National University in 2006. Before joining the NIU faculty, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University (2006) and a postdoctoral fellow in Modern Southeast Asian Studies at Columbia University (2006-2007). Dr. Hamayotsu has conducted research on state-society relations in both Malaysia and Indonesia and her current research projects include religious movements and parties, electoral politics, religious violence, regime transitions, and the quality of democracy. In 2011, she was appointed as Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore, to conduct a research project on religious intolerance and the quality of democracy in Muslim Southeast Asia. Her research and teaching interest include: Comparative Politics, Religion and Politics, Political Islam, Democratization, State Formation, Social Movements, Ethnic Conflict, and Politics and Society in the Muslim World.

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.