Ben Hillman studies political development in Asia, with a particular focus on China and Indonesia. Ben is especially interested in the role of informal institutions in public policy making, and in policies and mechanisms for promoting political inclusion and protect minority rights. He is author or editor of five books (see publications tab for more info), and is currently working on a new book about Tibet.
Ben specializes on China and Indonesia, and has lived in each country for more than five years. He also has experience working in Japan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Lebanon, Nicaragua and Ukraine. Ben has worked as an advisor to the United Nations and to national governments on governance reform, political inclusion, and conflict.
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
- Political parties and women’s representation in Indonesia
Other professional activities and associations
- Executive Editor, Asian Ethnicity
- Editor, East Asia Forum
- Assessor, Australian Research Council
- Assessor, Indonesia Science Fund
- Editorial Board Member, The China Journal
- Academic Referee, American Journal of Political Science, Review of International Political Economy, Policy and Society, *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
- Chinese politics and public policy
- Policies and mechanisms for political inclusion
- Informal institutions in politics and public policy making
- Ethnic politics and ethnic conflict
- Governing diversity in multi-ethnic states
- Political change in Asia
- Democracy and democratisation
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 Chinese politics and public policy, ethnic policies, the governance of diversity, political institutions, political economy, patronage and corruption, and minority rights.