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Thomas Pepinsky


Visiting period:
June 2013
Department: Political Science


Thomas Pepinsky is an associate professor in the Department of Government and a member of the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University. He studies comparative politics and political economy, with a focus on emerging market economies in Southeast Asia. At Cornell he also serves as Director of the International Political Economy Program and the Associate Director of the Cornell Modern Indonesia Project. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2007.

His research centers around two themes: the relationship between economic interests and political outcomes, and the interaction between domestic politics and the global economy. He is the author of Economic Crises and the Breakdown of Authoritarian Regimes (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and his current work focuses on financial politics in emerging market economies, authoritarianism and regime survival, and political Islam in Indonesia and beyond.


Selected Publications

Recent Book:

2009 Economic Crises and the Breakdown of Authoritarian Regimes: Indonesia and Malaysia in Comparative Perspective. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Forthcoming 2013 “Pluralism and Political Conflict in Indonesia.” Indonesia.

Forthcoming 2013 “The Domestic Politics of Financial Internationalization in the Developing World.” Review of International Political Economy.

Forthcoming 2013 “The Institutional Turn in Comparative Authoritarianism.” British Journal of Political Science.

2013 “New Media and Malaysian Politics in Historical Perspective.” Contemporary Southeast Asia 35, no. 1 (April): 83-103.

2013 “Development, Social Change, and Islamic Finance in Contemporary Indonesia.” World Development 41, no. 1 (January): 157-167.

2012 (with R. William Liddle, and Saiful Mujani) “Testing Islam’s Political Advantage: Evidence from Indonesia.” American Journal of Political Science 56, no. 3 (July), 584-600.

*winner of the 2010 Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award*

2012 “Do Currency Crises Cause Capital Account Liberalization?” International Studies Quarterly 56, no. 3 (September), 544-559.

2012 “The Global Economic Crisis and the Politics of Non-Transitions.” Government and Opposition 47, no. 2 (April), 135-161.

2011 (with Maria M. Wihardja) “Decentralization and Economic Performance in Indonesia.”  Journal of East Asian Studies 11, no. 3 (September), 337-372.

2011 (with Bozena C. Welborne) “Piety and Redistributive Preferences in the Muslim World.” Political Research Quarterly 64, no. 3 (September), 491-505.

2011 (with Matthew Adam Kocher and Stathis N. Kalyvas)  “Aerial Bombing and Counter insurgency in the Vietnam War.” American Journal of Political Science 55, no. 2 (March),201-218.

2009 “The 2008 Malaysian Elections: An end to Ethnic Politics?” Journal of East Asian Studies  9, no.1 (January), 87-120.

2008 “CapitalMobility and Coalitional Politics: Authoritarian Regimes and Economic Adjustment in Southeast Asia.” World Politics 60, no.2 (April),  438-474.

2007 “Autocracy,  Elections, and Fiscal Policy in Malaysia.” Studies in Comparative  International Development 42, no.1-2 (June),136-163.

2005 “From Agents to Outcomes: Simulation in International Relations.” European Journal of International Relations 11, no.3 (September), 367-394.

Peer-reviewed book chapters:

Forthcoming  2012 “The Political Economy of Financial Development in Southeast Asia.” in East Asian Capitalism: Diversity, Continuity and Change, edited by Andrew Walter and Xiaoke Zhang. New York: Oxford University Press.

2008 “Institutions, Economic Recovery, and Macroeconomic Vulnerability in Indonesia and Malaysia.” In Crisis as Catalyst: Asia’s Dynamic Political Economy, edited by Andrew MacIntyre, T.J.Pempel, and John Ravenhill. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 231-250.


Current research

Social Exclusion and the Deep Origins of Governance: Theory and Evidence from Java


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