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Kheang Un

Kheang Un

Comparative Politics, Cambodian Politics, Political Economy of the Developing World, Democracy and Democratization, Human Rights.

Office: Zulauf Hall 411

Overview of Scholarly Activity

Kheang Un (Ph.D. Northern Illinois University) is an associate professor of Political Science. His teaching and research interests include democracy, democratization, human rights, non-governmental organizations and political economy focusing on Cambodia and the developing world. In 2008-2009 he was a visiting research fellow at the University of Louisville's Center for Asian Democracy; in 2010, he was a visiting scholar at the Netherland’s Royal Institute for Southeast Asian and the Caribbean Studies at Leiden University, and in 2011-12, he was a Fulbright Scholar based at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He has consulted on issues of political economy, governance reform and democracy for the World Bank, the Department of International Development of the United Kingdom, AusAid, UNDP/the Cambodia Development  Resource Institute, the United States Department of State and London-based Overseas Development Institute. He also serves as research advisor to the Cambodia Development Resource Institute and as a Board Member of Build Cambodia, a US based non-profit organization and an academic advisor for the Center for Khmer Studies, Cambodia. From 2008 to 2011, he was In-Country Coordinator for Tracking Development, a multidisciplinary and multi-country project based at Leiden University, examining the trajectory of development in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.  Through this project Dr. Un has developed comparative analysis of the politics and political economy of Uganda and Cambodia.

Selected Publications

Kheang Un, “The Khmer Rouge Tribunal: a Politically Compromised Searched for Justice,” Journal of Asian Studies, 72: 4, 2013. 

Kheang Un, “Cambodian People Have Spoken,” OP ED, The New York Times, August 9, 2013.

Kheang Un, “Rhetoric and Reality of Rural Road Building: Two Tales from Cambodia and Uganda,” in Bernard Berendsen et. al., Asian Tigers, African Lions: Comparing the Development Performance of Southeast Asia and Africa (Amsterdam: Brill Press, 2013). 

Kheang Un, “Cambodia: Moving away from Democracy?” International Political Science Review, 32:5, 2011.

Caroline Hughes and Kheang Un eds. Cambodia's Economic Transformation (Copenhagen: NIAS/Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2011).

Kheang Un and Sokbunthoeun So, “Land Rights in Cambodia: How Neopatrimonial Politics Restricts Land Policy Reform,” Pacific Affairs, 84: 2, 2011.

Kheang Un and So Sokbuntheoun, "The Politics of Natural Resource Use in Cambodia," Asian Affairs: An American Review, 36:3, 2009.

Kheang Un "The Judicial System and Democratization in Post-Conflict Cambodia," ed. Kom Ojendal et al. Beyond Democracy in Cambodia: Political Reconstruction in a Post-conflict Society (Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2008).

Kheang Un, "Configuring Opposition Politics: Sam Rainsy and the Sam Rainsy Party" eds. John Kane, Haig Patapan and Benjamin Wong.  Dissident Democrats:  The Challenge of Democratic Leadership in Asia (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Kheang Un, "State, Society and Democratic Consolidation: The Case of Cambodia," Pacific Affairs, 79:2, 2006.

Kheang Un, "Patronage Politics and Hybrid Democracy: Political Change in Cambodia, 1993-2003," Asian Perspective 29:2, 2005.

Judy Ledgerwood and Kheang Un, "Global Concepts and Local Meaning:  Human Rights and Buddhism in Cambodia," Journal of Human Rights, 2:4, 2003.

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Department of Political Science
Zulauf Hall 415
Phone: 815-753-1011
Fax: 815-753-6302