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Ben Hillman

Senior Lecturer, Crawford School


PhD in Politics and International Relations (ANU) BA Hons. Asian and International Studies (Griffith) BA Political Science and Asian Studies (Murdoch)

Contact details

Phone: 61250441

Room: Crawford 3.18

Ben’s current research focuses on policies and mechanisms for political inclusion. Ben has published widely on ethnic politics and ethnic conflict in Asia.

Most of Ben’s research has focused on China and Indonesia, although he has experience living and working in Japan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Nicaragua and Ukraine. He speaks Chinese and Indonesian and, with some effort, can switch on Japanese and Spanish.

Ben’s book on local governance in China’s ethnically diverse western regions was published by Stanford University Press in 2014. He is co-editor of a volume on ethnic unrest in Tibet and Xinjiang published by Columbia University Press in 2016.

Ben has worked as an advisor to the United Nations and to national governments on political inclusion and the governance of conflict-affected areas.

Recent publications

  • ‘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.

Current projects

  • 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
  • Member, American Political Science Association

Research interests

  • 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.

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