SpecialityDirector, Institute of Asian Research & Associate Professor, School of Public Policy & Global Affairs, University of British Columbia
Dr. Kai Ostwald is the Director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy & Global Affairs.
Ostwald specializes in comparative politics, particularly the political economy of development and ethnic politics. His work primarily focuses on the Southeast Asian countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Singapore, and has been published in numerous journals including American Political Science Review, Political Science Research and Methods, Politics Groups and Identities, Political Science, the Journal of East Asian Studies, Pacific Affairs, and the Journal of Southeast Asian Economies. He is also a consultant for institutions including the World Bank and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and advise governments in North America and Southeast Asia.
Ostwald is currently the Associate Editor (Southeast Asia) at Pacific Affairs, an Associate Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, and an executive committee member of the Southeast Asian Research Group (SEAREG). He was previously Chair of the American Political Science Association’s Southeast Asia Politics Related Group and Vice President of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies.