Staff Directory


Shane Barter, PhD

Associate Professor of Comparative Politics

Phone: 949-480-4487

Fax: 949-480-4158


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of British Columbia
  • M.A. Comparative Politics, University of British Columbia
  • B.A. Comparative Politics and Southeast Asian History, University of Victoria

Positions Held

  • 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 

Research Interests

  • Southeast Asian politics
  • Civilians in war
  • Autonomous areas and conflict resolution

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits


  • 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

  • “The Rebel State in Society: Accommodation & Governance in the Aceh Conflict,” in Rebel Governance in Civil War, edited by Ana Arjona, Nelson Kasfir, and Zachariah Mampilly (Cambridge University Press, 2015); 226-245
  • “Learning to Lose?  Not if UMNO Can Help It” (with Diane Mauzy), Political Transitions in Dominan 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 

Courses Taught at SUA

  • INTS 365 State & Society; INTS 305 Democratization; INTS 450 Armed Conflict in Southeast Asia; INTS 381 Political Islam; INTS 390 Political Buddhism; INTS 150 Southeast Asian Studies; Introduction to the Pacific Basin
  • Learning Cluster Classes: Multiculturalism in Asia (class abroad), Childhood in Sumatra (class abroad); Mass Transit on the West Coast (class abroad); Sex Tourism in Southeast Asia; Politics of Coffee in Aceh, Indonesia (class abroad), Liberal Arts Education 

Selected Honors & Awards

  • 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) 

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