Kikue Hamayotsu

Kikue Hamayotsu


Comparative Politics, Democracy and Autocracy, Politics and Religion, Politics of Identity, Southeast Asia, Qualitative Research Methods

Office: Zulauf Hall 404


Overview of Scholarly Activity

Kikue Hamayotsu, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University and faculty associate at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Her research focuses on the interactions between political regimes and institutions, religion and identity. Her current research projects address two general comparative questions; how religious institutions and movements are formed to shape state-society relations and public policy-making in multi-ethnic nations; and how state-religion relations impact the consolidation of emerging democracies, and protection of freedom and minority groups. She has extensive publications exploring these issues and is currently completing a book project titled Intolerant Islam? Democracy, Religion, and Freedom in Southeast Asia. Previously she held research positions at Columbia University, Yale University and the National University of Singapore.

Professor Hamayotsu is active in the American Political Science Association (APSA) and Asian Studies serving as an executive and senior member of various professional organizations. In APSA, she currently serves on the executive board in the “Religion and Politics” section. She is an executive board member and previously vice president (2016-19) of the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) and is currently chair of the Indonesia & Timor Leste Studies Committee (ITLSC).

She completed her B.A. at Sophia University (Tokyo), M.A. at the SOAS, University of London and the University of Sydney and Ph.D. at the Australian National University. She is originally from Japan, and has lived and worked in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK.

Selected Publications

“States, Religion and Democracy in Southeast Asia: Comparative Religious Regime Formation” The Oxford Handbook of Politics in Muslim Societies, edited by Pauline Jones and Melani Cammett (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022).

“Making the Majority in the Name of Islam: Democratization, Moderate-Radial Coalition and Religious Intolerance in Indonesia” The State of Religious Pluralism in Indonesia, edited by Chiara Formichi (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2021).

“The Political Origins of Islamic Courts in Divided Societies: The Case of Malaysia,” Journal of Law and Religion, vol.33, No.2 (2018): 248-270.

“Conservative Turn? Religion, State and Conflict in Indonesia,” Pacific Affairs: Volume 87, No. 4 (December 2014): 815-825.

“The Limits of Civil Society in Democratic Indonesia: Media Freedom and Religious Intolerance,” Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 43, No. 4 (November 2013): 658-677.

"The Political Economy of Islamist Mobilization in a Muslim Democracy: Political Rise of PKS in Post-authoritarian Indonesia," Asian Survey, Vol. 51, No. 5 (September/October 2011).

”Beyond Faith and Identity: Mobilizing Islamic Youth in Democratic Indonesia," The Pacific Review, Vol. 24, No. 2 (May 2011).

“Beyond Doctrine and Dogma: Religion and Politics in Southeast Asia” in Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis, edited by Erik Kuhonta, Dan Slater, and Tuong Vu (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008).

Recent Courses

  • POLS 260: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 376: Political Violence
  • POLS 378: Political Islam
  • POLS 395: Ethnicity, Religion and Global Politics
  • POLS 664: Politics of Identity
  • POLS 667: Political Development
  • POLS 645: Qualitative Research Methods

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