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About Jason Abbott

Doctor Jason Abbott joined the university in July 2010, after previously holding positions at The University of Surrey, The School of Oriental and African Studies at The University of London, and the Department of International Studies, Nottingham Trent University. He is the author/editor of five books and over 20 articles and book chapters on issues of democratization, economic development, political economy and regional security in Southeast Asia (and Malaysia in particular). He is also an experienced broadcaster and has provided interviews to a range of media organizations, including the BBC 24, BBC World Service, CNN, Al-Jazeera and Voice of America as well as consultancy advice to Research Analysts at the Foreign Office of the United Kingdom, Oxford Analytica, and the International Transport Workers Federation (a study on the impact of globalization with Dr. Frank Faulkner, University of Derby).


2015 - Present Professor, University of Louisville Department of Political Science
Present Aung San Suu Kyi Endowed Chair in Asian Democracy, University of Louisville Center for Asian Democracy
Present Director, University of Louisville Center for Asian Democracy
2010 - 2015 Associate Professor, University of Louisville Department of Political Science
2007 - 2010 Lecturer, University of Surrey ‐ International Relations
2006 - 2007 Teaching & Research Fellow, University of London ‐ School of Oriental and African Studies
2002 - 2003 Visiting Research Fellow, University of Ljubljana
1995 - 2002 Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University ‐ International Politics and International Political Economy

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2008 Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education Curriculum Innovation Award– (Experience Based Learning in Politics)
  • 2007 University of Surrey Teaching with new Technologies Award (Social Networking and Experience Based Learning)
  • 2000 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant for attendance at The International Studies Association annual convention, Los Angeles, March 15-18.
  • 2013 Asia Network - Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellows Program For Collaborative Research In Asia Awarded


  • POLS 202--Intro to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 506 (HONS 436,446)--Key Issues in International POLS
  • POLS 649--Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • POLS 367--Comparative Politics SE Asia
  • POLS 362--Comparative Political Economy


1998 Ph. D., Nottingham Trent University ‐ Political Economy
1992 B.A. (Honors), University of Newcastle ‐ Politics/History

Contact Information

Jason P. Abbott, Ph.D.
Stevenson Hall 204
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292


Journal Articles (18)

Books (5)

Chapters in Books (8)