Alasdair Bowie

Alasdair Bowie
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Monroe 423
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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). 

Current Research

Dr. Bowie's current research focuses on the political and economic role of decentralized sub-national governments (those of provinces, districts, etc.) in Southeast Asia with a particular focus on Vietnam and Indonesia.


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

M.P.A., Princeton University, 1982

B.A./M.A. University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1977/1980



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 Southeast Asia. He has also published on governance and development in the developing world.

Office Hours

Mondays 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Classes Taught

Political Economy of Industrializing Asia

Political Economy of Developing Areas

Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia

State and Society in the Developing World