Professor John T. Sidel

John T. SidelJohn T. Sidel is the Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Before taking up this post at the LSE in 2004, Professor Sidel taught for ten years at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He received his BA and MA from Yale University (1988) and his PhD from Cornell University (1995).

Professor Sidel specializes in the study of Southeast Asia and has three main areas of thematic expertise and interest in the study of politics, as reflected in his research, writing, and teaching:

Local Politics: bosses, caciques, clans, mafias, warlords, and various forms of machine politics and monopolistic pratices impeding democratization at the local level.

Religion and Politics: inter-religious violence, religious persecution, religion and democratization, and various forms of mobilization in the name of Islam.

Nationalism and Transnational Forces: the role of transnational ideological currents and social movements, diasporic communities, and international conflicts and conjunctures, in the making of 'nationalist' revolutions.

Professor Sidel is a member of the editorial board of the journal South East Asia Research and the co-editor of the Contemporary Issues in the Asia Pacific book series at Stanford University Press. You can find further information about the Series at SUP and at the East-West Center, which sponsors the Series.


Professor Sidel has published a number of books, journal articles, reports and essays in edited volumes. For a full list of his publications see the Publications section.

The Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment

The Islamist Threat in South East AsiaIn recent years, a steady stream of reportage and commentary has spotlighted a dangerous "Islamist threat" in Southeast Asia. This study, by contrast, offers a very different account.
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Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century

Philippine Politics and SocietyOrganized as a set of inter-related thematic essays on the Philippines rather than a chronological account of the country's history, this book addresses key topics which will be of interest to the academic and non-academic reader.
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Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia

Riots, Pogroms, JihadThis book explains the overall pattern of change in religious violence in Indonesia over a ten-year period in terms of the broader discursive, political, and sociological contexts in which they unfolded.
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Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Bossism in the Philippines

Capital, Coercion, and CrimeThis book focuses on local bossism, a common political phenomenon where local power brokers achieve monopolistic control over an area’s coercive and economic resources.
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ReportsReports commissioned by the UNHCR to WRITENET, a network of researchers and writers on human rights, forced migration, ethnic and political conflict. These reports are also available at RefWorld, the leader in refugee decision support.
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Articles & Contributions

ArticlesArticles published in several academic journals, including Asian Affairs, Comparative Politics, Global Asia, Journal of Asian Studies, Indonesia, Philippine Journal of Political Science, Public Policy and South East Asia Research.

Contributions published in several edited volumes.
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Sir Patrick Gillam Chair in International and Comparative Politics

Standard CharteredThe Sir Patrick Gillam Chair in International and Comparative Politics has been made possible by a generous donation to the LSE by Standard Chartered Bank to honour the Bank's former chairman, Sir Patrick Gillam, a distinguished alumnus and active benefactor of the School. Sir Patrick graduated with a BA honours degree in history from the LSE in 1954. He has been a governor of the School since 1989 and was made an honorary fellow in 1999. Sir Patrick retired from Standard Chartered Bank in May 2003, after ten years as chairman. Standard Chartered Bank has a long history of supporting the LSE, most notably through student bursaries, as well as a broader record of philanthropic work across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Accompanying its endowment of the Gillam Chair, Standard Chartered Bank has also sponsored the annual Sir Patrick Gillam Lecture Series, which is hosted each year by the LSE and chaired by LSE Director Sir Howard Davies. The Gillam Lecture Series brings to the LSE senior academic specialists and experts from the world of policy to speak on important trends, developments, and problems in the realm of economic growth, crisis, prosperity, and hardship in the developing world, with a special focus on Asia. Read More | 2009 Lecture | Previous Lectures