Professor John Sidel

Professor John Sidel

Sir Patrick Gillam Chair in International and Comparative Politics (Joint appointment with LSE IR)

Department of Government

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Key Expertise
Southeast Asia, Philippines, Indonesia, Islam and politics, Infrastructure

About me

Professor Sidel is Sir Patrick Gillam Chair in International and Comparative Politics (Joint appt. LSE Government & LSE IR) and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre. He received his BA and MA from Yale University and his PhD from Cornell University. He is a specialist on Southeast Asia and has conducted extensive research in Indonesia and the Philippines in particular. He is the author of Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Bossism in the Philippines (Stanford University Press, 1999); (with Eva-Lotta Hedman) Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century: Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial Trajectories (Routledge, 2000), Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia (Cornell University Press, 2006), The Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment (East-West Center, 2007); (with Jaime Faustino) Thinking and Working Politically in Development: Coalitions for Change in the Philippines (The Asia Foundation, 2019), and Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2021).

Research interests

  • Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines and Indonesia
  • Local politics
  • Islam in world politics
  • Reform advocacy campaigns and coalitions
  • Transportation/infrastructure politics

Teaching responsibilities

  • GV4D3: Local Power in an Era of Globalization, Democratization, and Decentralization
  • IR461: Islam in International Relations: From Al-Andalus to Afghanistan

Selected publications