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Dr Paul Kenny

BA (Trinity College Dublin), MSc (LSE), MA, MPhil, PhD (Yale University)
Fellow, Head of Department of Political & Social Change
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Political Science 1606
  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Social Change 160805
  • Asian History 210302
  • Economic History 140203

Research interests

Populism; corruption; modernization; immigration; colonialism; India; Southeast Asia


I joined ANU in July 2013 and am currently a Fellow and Head of the Department of Political and Social Change. I was previously Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin (2012-13) and received my PhD in political science from Yale University in 2013.


Researcher's projects

"The structure of ethnic inequality and ethnic voting." (with Christian Houle and Chunho Park), Journal of Politics (forthcoming)

Populism in Southeast Asia, book manuscript under contract with Cambridge University Press.

The Populists, book manuscript in progress. 

"Does Asylum Seeker Immigration Increase Support for the Far Right? Evidence from in England and Wales 2000-2015" (with Charles Miller), under review.

"Populism, Ideology, and Press Freedom," under review.

"A New Penal Populism: Rodrigo Duterte, the War on Drugs, and Public Opinion in the Philippines." (with Ronald Holmes)

"Why Did the British Labour Party Lose the Working Class?" (with Charles Miller)

"The Origins of Ethnic Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa," (with Nicolas Bichay and Christian Houle).

"Populism and Democratic Protests," (with Svitlana Chernyk).

Current student projects

Felix Pal, Saffron Muslims: The Improbable Support of Hindu nationalist Muslims, Primary supervisor (2017–), ANU. 

Huyen Truong, Social movement in a Leninist one-party state: the case of LGBTI activism in Vietnam, Associate supervisor (2017–), ANU. 

Damien Donavan, “A Comparative Study of Secession – Developing a Typology for Successful Secession”, Associate supervisor (2016–), ANU.

Gerard McCarthy, For Whose Benefit? Informal institutions and distributive politics in Myanmar's transition, Associate supervisor (2015–), ANU.

Ronald Holmes, Political economy of pork barreling in the Philippines, Associate supervisor (2015–), ANU.

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