Director, Collaborative Master's Program in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies
Professor of Political Science
Room 264S, 1 Devonshire Place
Jacques Bertrand is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Collaborative Master’s Program in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies (CESEAS, formerly Asia-Pacific Studies or MAPS). He is also a core faculty member of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (Asian Institute), of which he was the founding director (2010-12). A graduate of Princeton University (PhD), he also holds degrees from the London School of Economics and McGill University. His work has focused mainly on ethnic conflict, nationalism, and democratic politics in Southeast Asia. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled Democratization and Substate Nationalist Conflict in Southeast Asia. He is also directing a United States Institute of Peace-funded project titled “Institutionalizing Minority Representation In Post-Transition Myanmar.”
Professor Bertrand also recently began a large comparative project on resource booms and inequality in emerging democracies, with a particular focus on Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil.
His work has been funded by several grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and twice by the United States Institute of Peace. Professor Bertrand was also co-investigator and executive member of a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Ethnicity and Democratic Governance.
His books include Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Indonesia (Cambridge, 2004); Multination States in Asia: Accommodation or Resistance (Cambridge, 2010); Political Change in Southeast Asia (Cambridge, 2013); and Democratization and Ethnic Minorities: Conflict or Compromise? (Routledge, 2014).
He is a member of the editorial board of Pacific Affairs. He is also past President of Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies.
Politics of Natural Resources
Ph D. Princeton University, (1995)
M.A Princeton University, (1990)
M.Sc. London School of Economics and Political Science, (1984)
B.A McGill University, (1987)
awards and distinctions
Dean’s Excellence Award, Arts and Sciences, U of Toronto 2013, 2004
William L. Holland prize for the outstanding article 2003
Democratization and Ethnic Minorities: Conflict or Compromise? edited with Oded Haklai (Routledge, 2014)
Political Change in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
Multination States in Asia: Accommodation or Resistance,:edited with André Laliberté (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Indonesia (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
Politics and Transformation of the Asia Pacific
Democracy and Ethnic Conflict
Comparative Politics PhD Core course