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Dr Paul Kenny

BA (Trinity College Dublin), MSc (LSE), MA, MPhil, PhD (Yale University)
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; immigration; colonialism; India; Southeast Asia


I joined ANU in July 2013 and am currently Research Fellow in Indian Political and Social Change. I was previously 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

Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond, Oxford University Press (forthcoming, September 2017).

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

"Does ethnic inequality promote ethnic voting?" (with Christian Houle and Chunho Park), invited to revise and resubmit at Journal of Politics.

"The Political Effects of Asylum Seeker Immigration: Evidence from the Asylum Seeker Dispersal Program in England and Wales 2000-2015" (with Charles Miller), under review.

"Populists and Press Freedom", under review.

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. 

Maria Syed, Interdependence between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in the Formative Phase: Security and Economic Interests as Drivers of Cooperation, 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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