Edward Aspinall, Professor in the Department of Political and Social Change has recently been elected as President of the Asian Studies Association of Australia. He joins a long list of esteemed ANU College of Asia and the Pacific professors to hold the position.
Established in 1976, the Asian Studies Association of Australia promotes and supports the study of Asia in Australian universities and builds knowledge of Asia among the broader community. The Association provides expert comment through its Asian Currents blog, specialist research articles in its journal, Asian Studies Review, as well as publishing book series. The organisation’s membership is primarily academics and students, but also includes Asia experts from both the private and public sectors.
Professor Aspinall specialises in politics of Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia. Professor Aspinall has authored two books and published over sixty journal articles on a range of topics including democratisation, elections, the separatist conflict in Aceh, ethnic politics and ‘money politics’.
Professor Aspinall follows on from ANU College of Asia and the Pacific academics Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Robert Cribb, Robin Jeffrey and Kent Anderson as president of the organisation. His outstanding academic career and passion for educating on topics related to the Asia Pacific has won him this prestigious role. We congratulate Professor Aspinall and are looking forward to watching the organisation develop under his presidency.
A version of this piece was first published by the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Read the original.