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Asian Institute

Convening and leading cross-regional interdisciplinary research on Asia

Asia is home to more than half the world’s population. Its cultural and historical complexity is endless, its economic growth unprecedented, and its global influence unmatched. Our job is to understand it better.

The Asian Institute is one of the world's leading centres of research excellence in Asian Studies. With over one hundred affiliated scholars working across the humanities and social sciences, the Asian Institute convenes and leads cross-regional, interdisciplinary research on Asia.

Recent books

Book cover for From Development to Democracy
 

Princeton University Press, 2022

Winning by Process
 

Cornell University Press, 2022

Outsourcing Repression book cover
 

Oxford University Press, 2022

BETWEEN THE STREETS AND THE ASSEMBLY: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, POLITICAL PARTIES, AND DEMOCRACY IN KOREA
 

University of Hawai'i Press, 2022

The Street and the Ballot Box: Interactions Between Social Movements and Electoral Politics in Authoritarian Contexts
 

Cambridge University Press, 2022

Plantation Life: Corporate Occupation in Indonesia's Oil Palm Zone
 

Duke University Press, 2021

Gods in the Time of Democracy By Kajri Jain book cover
 

Duke University Press, 2021

Program spotlight: Contemporary Asian Studies

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Meet the leadership and staff of the Asian Institute and our centres, programs and initiatives