Michael Buehler (Ph.D., The London School of Economics and Political Science) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science  and a Faculty Associate at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University. Specializing in Comparative Politics, his teaching and research interests evolve around state-society relations under conditions of democratization and decentralization.  He is particularly interested in state-civil society relations, the relationship between party systems and social movements as well as state-religion relations.

From 2013 to 2014, Buehler is a Research Fellow at the Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA. From 2008 to 2010, he was the Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Southeast Asian Studies at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University in New York City, USA. In 2008, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in Leiden, The Netherlands. Buehler has been an Associate Research Fellow at the Asia Society in New York City, USA since 2011.

Research Interests:  Comparative Politics, Elections, Elites, Islam, Local Politics, Party Politics, Political Sociology, State-Society Relations, Southeast Asia