Alasdair Bowie

Alasdair Bowie

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Monroe 423
Phone: 202-994-7370
Fax: 202-994-7743

Areas of Expertise

Comparative political economy, development, Southeast Asia.


Professor Bowie's research focuses on comparative political economy, development, and Southeast Asia. 

He was an official international election observer in Palu, Central Sulawesi, during the June 7, 1999, national election in Indonesia. He is a frequent radio commentator on political developments in Indonesia (NPR, CBC Radio-Canada, Voice of America, BBC World Service). Dr. Bowie's current research focuses on the emergence of civil society organizations in the post-New Order era and, in particular, changes in the roles that business associations have played since the ouster of President Soeharto.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1989



He is author of The Politics of Open Economies: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand (with Danny Unger), and Crossing the Industrial Divide: State, Society, and the Politics of Economic Transformation in Malaysia and of articles and chapters on state-sponsored economic development in Malaysia.

Office Hours

W/F 1:00-3:00pm