Staff Directory


Shane Barter, PhD

Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics

Associate Director of the Pacific Basin Research Center

Phone: 949-480-4487

Fax: 949-480-4158


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia
  • M.A., University of British Columbia
  • B.A., University of Victoria

Positions Held

  • SUA since 2011
  • 2007-2011, Lecturer, University of British Columbia
  • 2004-2007, Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia
  • 2003-2005, Researcher, Forum-Asia

Research Interests

  • Civilian strategy in armed conflict
  • The evolution and behavior of anti-rebel militia groups
  • Rural Islamic leaders and perceptions of insurgency

Selected Papers, Publications & Lectures

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Introduction to the Pacific Basin (PacBasin 100)
  • Introduction to Southeast Asian Studies (INTS 150)
  • Democracy and Democratization (INTS 305)
  • State and Society (INTS 365
  • Political Islam (INTS 381)
  • Armed Conflict in Southeast Asia (INTS 450)
  • Learning Cluster: Child Poverty and Primary Education in Sumatra, Power in Movement: Mass
    Transit in Comparative Context and Intimate Economies: Sex, Tourism, and Sex
    Tourism in Southeast Asia

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Co-Recipient of SUA Professor of the Year Award, 2013
  • Dr. Ronald Baker Scholarship (Department of National Defence, Canada), 2010-2011
  • Esterline Prize Winner, best graduate student paper at Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) annual meeting, 2010
  • Graduate Paper Award, Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS), 2010
  • Security and Defence Forum (SDF) Scholarship,2009-2010
  • Kenneth Boulding Award, best paper in security studies at International Studies Association (ISA) annual meeting, 2009
  • Canadian Consortium on Human Security (CCHS) Fellowship, 2008-2009
  • SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship, 2006-2009

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