Shane Barter

Shane Barter, PhD

Faculty - Full-Time
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Professor of Comparative Politics

After completing my BA at UVic, I worked for a Thai human rights NGO, 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 craft me from an activist to something resembling a scholar. I maintain a continued interest in experiential education, combining interactive teaching with student field experience. After ten years at SUA, my research and teaching interests have expanded from Indonesia to examine minority self-government in varied world regions.

  • 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 (INTS/POLI 365)
  • Democratization (INTS/POLI 305)
  • Introduction to the Pacific Basin
  • Introduction to Southeast Asian Studies (INTS 150)
  • Introduction to European Studies (INTS 140)
  • Political Islam (INTS 381)
  • Political Buddhism (INTS 382)
  • Armed Conflict in Southeast Asia (INTS 450)
  • Learning Cluster 2023: Self-Government in Wales (travel)
  • Learning Cluster 2019: Indigenous Development in Sabah (travel)
  • Learning Cluster 2018: Southeast Asia America
  • Learning Cluster 2017: Multiculturalism in Asia
  • Learning Cluster 2016: Liberal Arts Education
  • Learning Cluster 2015: Politics of Coffee in Aceh, Indonesia (travel)
  • Learning Cluster 2014: Sex Tourism in Southeast Asia
  • Learning Cluster 2013: Mass Transit on the West Coast (travel)
  • Learning Cluster 2012: Childhood in Sumatra (travel)
  • Politics in Asia, especially Southeast Asia
  • Armed conflict, conflict resolution, civilians in war
  • Political institutions and electoral systems
  • Subnational politics, federalism, autonomous regions

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  • Professor of Comparative Politics, SUA, August 2021-Present
  • Director of International Studies, Soka University of America, January 2021-August 2023
  • Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, SUA, 2017-2021
  • Director, Pacific Basin Research Center, 2017-2019
  • Associate Director, Pacific Basin Research Center, 2013-2017 
  • Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, SUA, 2011-2017
  • Instructor, University of British Columbia, 2010-2011 
  • 2023 Summer Visiting Scholar, Centre for Welsh Governance, Cardiff University
  • 2023 Visiting Scholar, Åland Islands Peace Institute (Ålands Fredsinstitut), Finland
  • 2023 Nieves Grant for class abroad, ‘Self-Government in Wales
  • 2022-23 PBRC Faculty Fellow, Soka University of America
  • 2022 Faculty Merit Award, Soka University of America
  • 2020 Athenaeum Address, Claremont McKenna College
  • 2019 Visiting Scholar, Indonesia Project, Australian National University (ANU)
  • 2019 Visiting Scholar, Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI), University of Victoria
  • 2019-20 PBRC Faculty Fellow, Soka University of America
  • 2019 Faculty Merit Award, Soka University of America
  • 2019 Special Issue Grant, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
  • 2016 Artinian Fund for Publishing, American Political Science Association
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 2009, Liu Institute Scholar
  • 2009, Kenneth Boulding Award, best graduate paper on Peace Studies at ISA
  • 2008, Canadian Consortium on Human Security Fellowship
  • 2007, DFAIT / CCHS Human Security Research Award
  • 2006, SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship (CGS)