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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ehito Kimura

Dr. Kimura joined the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2007, and is currently Associate Professor of Political Science and Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. His teaching areas of focus include but are not limited to global and comparative politics, Southeast Asian politics mostly in the area of Indonesian politics.  

He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. He also holds a M.A. degree in International Relations from Yale University in 2001. His research interests lie at the nexus of political change and Southeast Asian politics. His first book explored the changing dynamics of territoriality after the fall of authoritarianism and the rise of democracy and decentralization in Indonesia. He has also written several articles about political change and democratic transition in Indonesia. 

Dr. Kimura has recently been working on a project looking at transitional justice in Indonesia from a comparative perspective. He is also currently involved in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies’s initiative to teach Southeast Asian courses online and previously helped to lead a Luce collaborative grant bringing together faculty and students from UH and UW-Madison. 

Dr. Kimura (middle) with two POLS MA graduates, Teguh Santosa and Pramono Tanthowi

Dr. Kimura has published academic journal articles and book chapters in a variety of venues. He also actively advises graduate students from different countries particularly graduate students who work primarily in Asian politics including in Indonesia, East Timor, South Korea, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines.   

Additional to his teaching role, Dr. Kimura is also a board member and member of many professional affiliations include, but are not limited to board member of Center for Southeast Asian Studies Executive Committee; Board member of American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS); Member of the the Southeast Asia Council for the Association of Asian Studies; Manuscript reviewer, Asian Survey, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Comparative Politics; Pacific Affairs, Asian Journal of Political Science, Asian Politics and Policy, Routledge Press. 

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