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Ooi, Su-Mei

Assistant Professor - Political Science
Political Science

sooi@butler.edu
317/940-8641






Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
 

  • Asian politics, particularly the politics and international relations of China and Taiwan, Japan, North and South Korea
  • Comparative Democratization
  • Transnational Activism
  • Human Rights
  • International Political Economy

 

Courses offered:

Political Science

  • PO 141 Introduction to International Politics
  • PO 380 The Politics of China
  • PO 320 Chinese Foreign Policy
  • PO 380 The Politics and Transformation of China
  • PO 380 The International Relations of the Asia Pacific
  • PO 380 International Relations and Democracy
  • PO 490 International Political Economy

Core Curriculum

  • GHS 205 East Asian Interactions

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
 

2013

Current Affairs Feature Article: "The Human Rights Implications of China's Slowdown" The Diplomat (online, Sept 20 2013) Co-authored with Patrick Poon.http://thediplomat.com/2013/09/20/the-human-rights-implications-of-chinas-slowdown/

2013

"Understanding the Role of Linkage and Leverage in Democratization Through the Cases of Taiwan and South Korea," Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting

2013

Peer Reviewed Journal Article: "The International Dimensions of Democratization Revisited: Comparing the Transnational Protection Regime in Taiwan & South Korea," Democratization (online, 8 Jan 2013)

2012

"Understanding Linkage and Leverage in the Democratization of Taiwan and Singapore." Indiana Academy of Social Sciences Annual Meeting

2012

"The Developmental State: Understanding State-Society Relations in Asia." Berita (Newsletter of the Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei (MSB) Studies Group of the Association of Asian Studies, Autumn 2012). Co-authored with Vincent Chua et. al.

2012

"Explaining Why Taiwan Has Experienced Democratic Breakthrough Whilst Singapore Has Not Through the Lenses Provided by the Concept of the ‘Developmental State'"  Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting

2011

 "Linkage and Leverage: Comparing External Democratizing Pressures on Taiwan and South Korea" Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting

2010

Book Review: Peerenboom, R., Petersen, C. J., and Chen, A., eds., Human Rights in Asia (London: Routledge, 2006) Progress in Development Studies Vol. 10 No. 4 (September): 378-380

2010

"The External Dimensions of Democratization Revisited: Comparing the Transnational Protection Regime in Taiwan & South Korea" American Political Science Association Annual Meeting

2009

Peer Reviewed Journal Article: "The Transnational Protection Regime & Taiwan's Democratization," Journal of East Asian Studies Vol. 9 Issue 1 (Jan-Apr): 57-85

2008

"Protecting the Opposition: External Pressure and Democratic Development in Taiwan and South Korea" University of Miami Political Research Workshop

2007

Book Review: Brown, Melissa Is Taiwan Chinese? The Impact of Culture, Power, and Migration on Changing Identities (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005) in Journal of East Asian Studies (Vol. 7 Issue 3:501-3)

2007

Book Review: Stubbs, Richard, Rethinking Asia's Economic Miracle (Hampshire/NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) in Progress in Development Studies (Vol.7 No.4)

2007

"Transnational Advocacy Networks & Democratic Development in Taiwan and South Korea" University of Toronto PhD Brown Bag Series 

2006

Book Review: Copper, John F., Consolidating Taiwan's Democracy (Lanham: University Press of America, 2005) in Pacific Affairs (Vol. 78 No. 4: 653-4)

2006 

"Power Reconsidered: Taiwan's Democratization as a ‘Bottom-Up' Process" American Political Science Association Annual Meeting

2006

 

"The International Dimensions of Democratization - The Case of Taiwan" Canadian Political Science Association

2003

"The Globalization Of Corruption: A Case For Bringing The State Back In?" Third International Convention of Asia Scholars (Singapore)

2001

Single-Authored Monograph: Globalization and Security: The Role of International Financial Institutions in Pacific Asian Security (Baden Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft,  2001)

2000

"The Role of International Financial Institutions in Pacific Asian Security," Conference on Multinational Economic Assistance & Regional Security in East Asia & Southeast Europe (Munich)

 

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
 

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • International Studies Program Affiliate
  • Global and Historical Studies Advisory Committee
  • Global and Historical Studies Course Coordinator (East Asian Interactions)

Personal Hobbies
 

Travel! Travel! Travel! I am passionate about meeting new people who broaden my horizons by sharing perspectives that I have not considered before. While not travelling, I am very grounded in the people I love and my immediate surroundings, and I spend most of my down time gardening and home decorating.


Education/Experience

Education/Degrees
 

  • PhD, University of Toronto, 2010
  • MA (SE Asian Studies), National University of Singapore, 1999
  • LLB (with Honors), University College London, 1998

Awards/Honors
 

2011,13

Butler Awards Committee Faculty Research Grant

2011-13

Butler Awards Committee Course Development Grant

2010-2013

Butler Awards Committee Travel to Present

2010

Conference Group on Taiwan Studies Conference Paper Grant

2005-7

Dissertation Writing Grant, School of Graduate Studies

2006

Edward W. Nuffield Graduate Travel Grant, University of Toronto

2005-6

Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2004-5

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Fellowship Award

2004-5

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Dissertation Fellowship

2004-5

Dr David Chu Scholarship in Asia Pacific Studies

2005

School of Graduate Studies Research Travel Grant, University of Toronto

2005

Department of Political Science Award, University of Toronto

2004

Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research

2001-5

University of Toronto Fellowship

Association Memberships (professional/educational)
 

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Political Science Association
  • Association for Asian Studies

Professional Experience

Fellowships & Research Appointments

 

2005

Dissertation Fellow, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (Taipei)                            

2004

Visiting Scholar, East Asia Institute (Seoul)                                           

1999-2000

Research Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Munich)    

2000

Visiting Research Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, UK)