Michael Buehler (Ph.D., The London School of Economics and Political Science) is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).  Michael’s specialty at SOAS is Southeast Asian politics with particular reference to state-society relations during democratization and decentralization. His publications include articles in Comparative Politics, Party Politics, and Indonesia; chapters in Beyond OligarchyDeepening Democracy in Indonesia, and Problems of Democratisation in Indonesia; and on-line contributions to Aljazeera, Inside IndonesiaThe Diplomat, and New Mandala.

Previously Michael taught at Columbia University and Northern Illinois University. From 2013 to 2014, he was 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 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, Indonesia, Islam, Local Politics, Party Politics, Political Sociology, State-Society Relations, Southeast Asia