2021 Summer School

Cleve V. Arguelles is a political scientist specializing in the study of disinformation, populism, and Southeast Asia politics. He is PhD candidate in the Department of Political and Social Change at The Australian National University, Assistant Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at De La Salle University, and Fellow and Head of Research at WR Numero Research.

Uuganbayar Tumurkhuu is an Associate Professor in International Politics, Political Economy, and Public Policy Analysis in the Graduate School of Business, Mongolian University of Science and Technology. His research focuses on the relationship between internationalization and domestic politics, democracy, and public policy.

He is particularly interested in understanding the patterns and potential causal factors in the evolution of political parties and democracies in post-communist countries when there is an exposure to global political and economic changes. He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Chosun University, South Korea and M.A and B.A from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology.

Arjan Aguirre is an Instructor at the Department of Political Science, Ateneo de Manila University. He is handling courses on History of Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theories, Comparative Politics (Asia), Social Movements and Civil Society, Electoral Reforms in the Philippines, and Philippine Politics and Governance. He received an MA in Political Science, Major in Global Politics degree in 2009 from the Ateneo de Manila University as a service scholar (working as graduate assistant of the Department of Political Science). He received his second masters, MSc in Comparative Politics (democracy and democratization), from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2020 as a Chevening scholar, Her Majesty’s (UK) government international scholarship programme.

He is also working as Consultant at Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (the Social Apostolate of the Society of Jesus in the Philippines), Legal Network of Truthful Elections or LENTE, and the Senate of the Philippines. He is also a Research Fellow at the Ateneo School of Government for its ACCESS Bangsamoro Project. He is a regular member of the American Political Science Association (US), Midwest Political Science Association (US), Political Studies Association (UK), International Political Science Association (IPSA), and Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA). He is an Associate Member of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). He has presented conference papers and lectures here in the Philippines as well as in South Korea (2013), Australia (2016), Germany (2017) and Portugal (2021). He specializes in Contentious Politics, Electoral Politics and Political Theory.

Mohamed Faslan is a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is reading PhD in Political Science, University of Warsaw, Poland. He was a Researcher at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies. He has a MA and BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Colombo.

Dimash Alzhanov is an election expert and political consultant. He holds an MSc degree in Comparative Politics (Democracy) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dimash has worked as a Political Analyst for the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Missions in Moldova, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Georgia. Founder of the Erkin Qazaqstan project.

Dahliah Dahliah is an election specialist, currently the Chairperson of NETFID , one of the largest election observation group in Indonesia. She majors in Family Law from Ibnu Chaldun University Jakarta (2001) and holds a Master degree in International Relations from The University of Nottingham, UK (2005). She served as a Commissioner for the General Election Commission in DKI Jakarta Province in 2008-2018, and was elected as Chairperson in 2012. She was a long-term activist of Election Observation since 1997 for Independent Committee for Election Monitoring (KIPP) and Asian Network for Free Election (ANFREL).

Aashiyana Adhikari is a research associate at Center for South Asian Studies CSAS. Her research interest lies in politics, diplomacy, gender, inclusivity and development. She is currently pursuing her post graduate degree in Gender and Development Studies at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. She formerly worked as an Intern in the human and social science department, UNESCO, Thailand. Her works have been published in international publications as well as in national and international newspapers.

Trang Hong Vu is the Co-founder of Stepforward Education, a social enterprise on education based in Ho Chi Minh city and as Advisor at the Global Advisory Committee on Equal Asia Foundation. Trang holds an MA degree in European studies from a joint Erasmus Mundus program in France, Germany and Sweden, an MA in Chinese studies in China and an advanced Diploma on Italian culture from the University of Perugia, Italy. She formerly worked as Graduate Teaching Assistant at Peking University and Project Assistant at UNICEF.

Khurshed Rakhimov is a researcher from Tajikistan. He has two Master’s degrees in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Throughout his academic and professional career, he was involved in studying and working on elections and political parties. He plans to continue his studies further on these topics and pursue his PhD in one of the Western Universities in future.

Krishna Kumar Saha is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Comilla University, Bangladesh. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. research in the Department of Conflict and Development Studies, Gent University, Belgium, under asst. prof. Bert Suykens’s supervision. As a graduate of the University of Heidelberg and Dhaka with a degree in South Asian Studies and Public Administration respectively, he had the privilege to collaborate with the University of Heidelberg, the University of Dhaka, UNDP, International Organization for Migration (IOM), British Council, Save The Children International, The Asia Foundation, The Daily Prothom Alo, as well as other renowned national and international organizations. Several of his research papers have been published in various prestigious academic journals. He has also conducted academic courses relevant to his research interest at Comilla University. He loves traveling, dancing Salsa, taking photographs, and going to Karaoke with friends.

Tricia Yeoh is currently in her 3rd Year of the PhD programme at the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, University of Nottingham Malaysia. Her PhD explores opposition subnational strongholds in dominant party authoritarian regimes, specifically examining the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat (later Harapan)’s ability to establish subnational strongholds within the states of Selangor and Penang from 2008-2018, under the authoritarian regime of Barisan Nasional.

She is also currently the CEO of an independent think tank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) IDEAS. She is the author of “States of Reform: Governing Selangor and Penang” and editor of “The Road to Reform: Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor” and Director of “The Rights of the Dead”, an award-winning documentary about the suspicious death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock in 2009.

She has received the Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award 2017 and a Postgraduate Award Prize 2020/21 from the University of Nottingham, and was a Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) Fellow 2020.

Biswajit Prasad Hazam is a Doctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science with International Relations at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. His research areas of interest include Party-system, Representation,Electoral quotas, Public policy, Social welfare with a greater focus on the Indian sub-national perspective.

His current research deals with the elected representatives of unreserved constituencies belonging from backward caste-community and gender groups (SC, ST, Muslim & Women) and their representation in the direct political platforms with regards to the implementation of public
policies in their respective quota constituencies.

He has previously worked as a Research Coordinator with the Policy and Development Advisory Group (PDAG) for a project funded by Facebook, titled “Misinformation through Social Networks, Political Behaviour and Good Governance” and he was involved in providing Strategic Advisory and Research support to the Elected Representatives from Jharkhand’, which included managing field operations, poll analysis and campaign management. Short-term professional engagements on some developmental projects with many institutions TISS, CSDS-Lokniti, ECI, SWS-JU, TCPD-Ashoka University.

Naheed S. Goraya works as Associate Professor at Centre for South Asian Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore-Punjab, Pakistan. She has done her Post Doctorate from Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem)/ Dept. of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her Research Interests are Security Studies, Terrorism and Governance issues in South Asia.

Alina Murzaeva is a communication and international law expert with two graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Diplomatic Academy of Kyrgyzstan and more than 10 years of experience in both domestic and international humanitarian missions, media, international law and political analysis. Alina brings extensive experience with multilateral stakeholders and broad knowledge of negotiations, advocacy and parliament relations, as well as innovative approaches to communication.

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