Shane Barter, PhD

Faculty - Full-Time
shane barter
Associate Professor of Comparative Politics

After completing my BA, I began working with Forum-Asia, a Thai human rights group, which assigned me to research the conflict in Aceh, Indonesia. The rest is history: the people and politics of Aceh have captivated me, and my experiences have provided me with unique perspectives on the region, armed conflict, and comparative politics more generally. A number of wonderful teachers at the University of British Columbia helped to mould me from an activist to something resembling a scholar. I maintain a continued interest in experiential education, combining interactive teaching with student field experience.

  • PhD Political Science, University of British Columbia
  • MA Comparative Politics, University of British Columbia
  • BA Comparative Politics and Southeast Asian History, University of Victoria
  • State & Society
  • Democratization
  • Armed Conflict in Southeast Asia
  • Political Islam
  • Political Buddhism
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Introduction to the Pacific Basin
  • Learning Cluster: Multiculturalism in Asia
  • Learning Cluster: Childhood in Sumatra
  • Learning Cluster: Mass Transit on the West Coast
  • Learning Cluster: Sex Tourism in Southeast Asia
  • Learning Cluster: Politics of Coffee in Aceh, Indonesia
  • Learning Cluster: Liberal Arts Education
  • Southeast Asian politics
  • Civilians in war
  • Autonomous areas and conflict resolution
  • Barter, Shane, and Amanda Boralessa*. “Southeast Asia: Unity in ASEAN.” In Routledge Handbook of Politics in Asia, edited by Shiping Hua. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Barter, Shane, and Michael Weiner. “An Introduction to the Pacific Basin.” In The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, edited by Shane Barter and Michael Weiner, 1-10. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Barter, Shane. “Armed Conflict Across the Pacific: Patterns and Possibilities.” In The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, edited by Shane Barter and Michael Weiner, 141-49. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Barter, Shane. “Southeast Asia: Unity in Diversity.” In The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, edited by Shane Barter and Michael Weiner, 24-34. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Barter, Shane. “The Age of Colonialism(s).” In The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, edited by Shane Barter and Michael Weiner, 71-80. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Barter, Shane J. Explaining the Genetic Footprints of Catholic and Protestant Colonizers*. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • Barter, Shane. “The Rebel State in Society: Governance and Accommodation in Aceh, Indonesia.” In Rebel Governance in Civil War, edited by Arjona, Ana, Nelson Kasfir, and Zachariah Cherian Mampilly, 226-45. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Barter, Shane J. Civilian Strategy in Civil War: Insights from Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Barter, Shane. “Rethinking Territorial Autonomy.” Regional Studies 52, no. 2 (October 2018): 298-309.
  • Barter, Shane. “Civilian Strategy Across Southeast Asia.” Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 12, no. 3 (November 2017): 98-103.
  • Barter, Shane. “Dangerous Fieldwork in Southeast Asia.” Comparative Democratization Newsletter 15, no. 3 (September 2017): 21-24
  • Barter, Shane. “Under a Rebel Flag: Social Resistance under Insurgent Rule in Aceh.” Journal of Resistance Studies 3, no. 1 (2017): 181-209.
  • Barter, Shane. “Coffee: An Indian Ocean Perspective.” International Journal of Area Studies 11, no. 2 (2016): 61-81.
  • Barter, Shane J., and Ian Zatkin‐Osburn*. “Measuring Religion in War: A Response.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55, no. 1 (July 2016): 190–93.
  • Barter, Shane. “Ummah or Tribe? Islamic Practice, Political Ethnocentrism, and Political Attitudes in Indonesia.” Asian Journal of Political Science 25, no. 1 (November 2016): 45-67
  • Barter, Shane. “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Second-order Minorities in the Aceh Conflict.” Asian Ethnicity 1, no. 2 (January 2015): 152-65.
  • Barter, Shane. “Second-order Ethnic Minorities in Asian Secessionist Conflicts: Problems and Prospects.” Asian Ethnicity 16, no. 2 (January 2015): 123-35.
  • Barter, Shane J., and Isabelle Côté. “Strife of the Soil? Unsettling Transmigrant Conflicts in Indonesia.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 46, no. 1 (February 2015): 60–85.
  • Barter, Shane. “Zones of Control & Civilian Strategy in the Aceh Conflict.” Civil Wars 17, no. 3 (November 2015): 340-56.
  • Barter, Shane J. “Area Studies, Asian Studies, and the Pacific Basin.” Geographical Review 105, no. 1 (December 2014): 105–19.
  • Barter, Shane, and Ian Zatkin‐Osburn*. “Shrouded: Islam, War, and Holy War in Southeast Asia.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 53, no. 1 (March 2014): 187–201.


  • The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, edited with Michael Weiner (Routledge 2017).
  • Explaining the Genetic Footprints of Catholic and Protestant Colonizers (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015)
  • Civilian Strategy in Civil War: Insights from Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)
  • Neither Wolf, Nor Lamb: Embracing Civil Society in the Aceh Conflict (Bangkok: Forum-Asia, 2004)

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • “Learning to Lose? Not if UMNO Can Help It” (with Diane Mauzy), Political Transitions in Dominant Party Systems, edited by Joseph Wong and Edward Friedman, 2008, 211-230 (with Diane Mauzy) 
  • “A Cosmopolitan Conflict?  Aceh as a New War,” Old Conflicts and New Wars in the Asia Pacific, edited by Rolf Jordan and Michael Waibel, 2006, (Berlin: Pazifische Studien 14, 2006); pp. 27-40
  • Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, Soka University of America, August 2017-Present
  • Associate Director, Pacific Basin Research Center, March 2013-Present 
  • Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, Soka University of America, August 2011-August 2017
  • Instructor, University of British Columbia, 2010-2011 
  • 2013-14, Co-recipient Best Professor Award, Soka University of America
  • 2013, Best Paper Award, ISA-West Conference
  • 2012, Visiting Scholar, Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI), University of Victoria
  • 2011, Leader of Tomorrow, St. Gallen Symposium, Switzerland
  • 2010, Dr. Ronald Baker Doctoral Scholarship (Department of National Defense) ($22,500)
  • 2010, Graduate Award, CASIS (Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies)
  • 2010, Esterline Prize, best student paper at ASPAC (AAS Pacific Coast)
  • 2009, Security and Defense Forum Fellowship (Department of National Defense) ($20,000)
  • 2009, Liu Institute Scholar
  • 2009, Kenneth Boulding Award, best graduate paper on Peace Studies at ISA
  • 2008, Canadian Consortium on Human Security Fellowship ($7,500)
  • 2007, DFAIT / CCHS Human Security Research Award
  • 2006, SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship (CGS) ($105,000)