Shane Barter

Shane Barter, PhD

Faculty - Full-Time
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Professor of Comparative Politics
Director of International Studies Concentration

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

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  • Director of International Studies, Soka University of America, January 2021-Present
  • Professor of Comparative Politics, SUA, August 2021-Present
  • 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 
  • 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) ($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)