Ben conducts research on policies and mechanisms that promote political inclusion and protect minority rights. He has published widely on ethnic politics and ethnic conflict in Asia, and authored/edited five books.
Ben has lived or worked in China, Indonesia, Japan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Nicaragua and Ukraine. He speaks Chinese and Indonesian and, with some effort, can switch on Japanese and Spanish.
Ben has worked as an advisor to the United Nations and to national governments on political inclusion and the governance of conflict-affected areas.
Shangrila Inside Out: Ethnic Diversity and Development (in Chinese) Kunming: Yunnan People’s Publishing House (2017, forthcoming)
‘Increasing Women’s Parliamentary Representation in Asia and the Pacific: The Indonesian Experience.’ Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies 4 (1) January 2017. 38-49.
‘Understanding the Current Wave of Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang’ in Ben Hillman and Gray Tuttle (eds.) Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in China’s West. Columbia University Press. 2016.
‘Unrest in Tibet and the Limits of Regional Autonomy’ in Ben Hillman and Gray Tuttle (eds.) Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in China’s West. Columbia University Press. 2016.
- Ethnic unrest in western China
- Governing diversity in Asia and the Pacific
Other professional activities and associations
- Assessor, Australian Research Council
- Assessor, Indonesia Science Fund
- Editorial Board Member, The China Journal
- Academic Referee, American Journal of Political Science, The China Journal, China Quarterly, Asian Studies Review, East Asian History, Journal of Asian Studies, Harvard University Press, University of Washington Press
- Member, American Political Science Association
- Member, International Political Science Association
- Policies and mechanisms for political inclusion
- Democracy and democratisation
- Ethnic politics and ethnic conflict
- Informal institutions in politics and public policy making
- Governing diversity in multi-ethnic states
- Political change in China and Asia
Ben teaches Governance and Institutions in the Master of Public Policy program. He also convenes Applied Policy Project, which brings groups of students together to work on real problems for public sector organizations.
In 2017 Ben is co-convening the in-country study program “The Political Economy of Myanmar” at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.
He supervises PhD students working on ethnic policies, the governance of diversity, Chinese politics and public policy, political institutions, political economy, patronage and corruption, and minority rights.