Join us for SEAREG’s 17th Conference, Thursday, Dec. 7 to Saturday, Dec. 9, in Durham, North Carolina. The event will be hosted by Duke University & Wake Forest University and held on Duke's campus.




Dan Slater, the James Orin Murfin Professor of Political Science and director of the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan, will discuss the state of the field. Dr. Slater specializes in the politics and history of dictatorship and democracy, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. He co-authored "Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis," a book published in 2008 that helped inspire the formation of SEAREG.

About Dan Slater


Prasenjit Duara, the Oscar L. Tang Family Distinguished Professor of East Asian Studies and director of the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University, will reflect on environmental politics of the Mekong River and the history of China-Southeast Asia relations. He is the author of "Culture, Power and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942," which won the AHA Fairbank Prize and the AAS Levenson Prize.

About Prasenjit Duara


All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.

18:30Opening DinnerDurham Bottling Company
506 Ramseur St., Durham, NC 27701
8:00-9:00Check inSanford Lobby
8:30-9:00BreakfastSanford 223
9:00-9:20Welcome and Opening Remarks
Eddy Malesky, Duke Center for International Development; Chair of the SEAREG Executive Council
Sanford 223
9:20-10:40SEAREG Fellow Presentation #1
Nguyen Dinh Tuan Vuong, University of Wisconsin
“The Persistent Health Effects of Defoliating Vietnam”
Sanford 223
11:00-12:20SEAREG Fellow Presentation #2
Songkhun Nillasithanukroh, University of Arkansas
“Turning Private Sector Resources into Political Power: Investigating the Utilization of Firm Resources for Electoral Purposes by Businessperson Politicians in Thailand”
Sanford 223
13:30-14:50SEAREG Fellow Presentation #3
Zhihang Ruan, Hunter College, City University of New York
"State-Building, Land Nationalization, and Fiscal Capacity in China and Vietnam"
Sanford 223
15:10-16:30SEAREG Fellow Presentation #4
Megan Ryan, University of Michigan
“Privileged Nation: Buddhist Nationalism, Regime Change, and Anti-Minority Mobilization in Myanmar”
Sanford 223
17:15-18:15Happy Hour Poster SessionSanford 201
18:30-19:30Banquet DinnerPenn Pavilion Garden Room
19:30-20:30State of the Field, Keynote Address
Dan Slater, University of Michigan
Penn Pavilion Garden Room
8:30-9:00BreakfastSanford 223
9:00-10:20SEAREG Fellow Presentation #5
Mai Truong, Marquette University
“Who Wants to Work with Pro-democracy Advocates? The Effects of Movements’ Blame Attribution and Social Mass Base on Movement Coalition Formation in Authoritarian Regimes”
Sanford 223

SEAREG Thematic Sessions


Session #1: “Minority Representation and Social Dynamics in Southeast Asian Democracies”

This panel examines the intricate relationships between minority representation, migration, and nationalism within the political landscapes of Southeast Asian democracies.


Discussant: Darin Self, Brigham Young University



  • Nina McMurry, Vanderbilt University, “Tribes That Vote Together: The Electoral Effects of Indigenous Polling Places in the Philippines”
  • Matthew Nanes, Saint Louis University, “Circular Migration and the Moderation of Social Attitudes”
  • Joel Selway, Brigham Young University, “Styles of Nationalism and Ethno-Nationalist Movements”
Sanford 201

Session #2: “The Dynamics of Engagement: Field Experiments on Governance and Participation in Southeast Asia”

This panel delves into empirical field experiments that evaluate the impact of crisis response, community engagement, and gender inclusivity initiatives on local governance and civic participation in Southeast Asia.


Discussant: Erin Lin, Ohio State University



  • Dotan Haim, Florida State, “Winning ‘Hearts and Minds’ in Moments of Crisis? Evidence from the Philippines during Covid-19" (co-authors: Renard Sexton, Emory University; Nico Ravanilla, University of California-San Diego)
  • Eitan Paul, J-PAL/MIT, “Promoting Women’s Participation in Local Governance: Field Experiments in Indonesia and Vietnam" (co-authors: Quynh Nguyen, University of Bern; Paul Schuler, University of Arizona; Markus Taussig, Rutgers University; Mai Truong, Marquette University)
  • Paul Schuler, University of Arizona, “Promoting Women’s Participation in Local Governance: Field Experiments in Indonesia and Vietnam” (co-authors: Eitan Paul, J-PAL/MIT; Quynh Nguyen, University of Bern; Markus Taussig, Rutgers University; Mai Truong, Marquette University)
Sanford 223

Session #3: “Democracy’s Unfinished Journey: Stability, Ideology, and Preferences in Post-Authoritarian Southeast Asia”

This panel ventures into the treacherous terrain that emerging democracies in Southeast Asia must navigate after toppling authoritarian rulers.


Discussant: Diana Kim, Georgetown University



  • Elvin Ong, National University of Singapore, “What Happens After Victory? Lessons from Malaysia and Developmental Asia”
  • Kai Ostwald, University of British Columbia, “Malaysia’s Ideologically Bounded Democracy”
  • Jeremy M. Ladd, Cornell University, “Return to the Dark Side: Understanding Increased Preferences for Military Rule before the Coup”
Sanford 03
12:15-13:15LunchSanford 223
13:15-14:15State of the Region, Keynote Address
Prasenjit Duara, Duke University
Sanford 223
14:30-15:30SEAREG General Meeting
Governance & Constitutional Questions
Sanford 223
15:50-16:10Wrap-up and ReflectionsSanford 223


Travel Information


Raleigh-Durham International (RDU)

The airport is located two miles from the Durham city limits and 13 miles from downtown Durham.


About the City

Where is Durham?

Durham is located 23 miles from the Virginia border in the northeast corner of North Carolina's central Piedmont region. It's 140 miles from the Appalachian highlands and 130 miles from the Atlantic coast, midway between Miami and Chicago and midway between and Atlanta and Philadelphia.

Average Temperatures & rainfall for December

High 52°F/11°C | Low 29°F/-2°C | 3.48"

Learn about Durham


Info for Participants

Sanford building (Friday & Saturday)

201 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708 | map

The Sanford Building is located on Duke’s West Campus at the corner of Towerview Road and Science Drive. Duke Law School and Fuqua School of Business are across the street on Science Drive.

Penn Pavilion (Friday)

107 Union Dr., Durham, N.C. 27710 | map

The Garden Room is located on the lower level of Penn Pavilion.

506 Ramseur St., Durham, N.C. 27701

DBCo, a historic industrial warehouse, is located in East Downtown Durham.

Durham bottle company (Thursday)

  • There is a free parking lot next to DBC and adjacent to Krill restaurant.

Duke University (Friday & Saturday)

Accessible spaces
  • There are a limited number of handicapped parking spots in front of the Sanford building.
Bryan Center Lot
Map showing path from Bryan Center Parking Garage to Sanford School of Public Policy

Shuttle service will be provided for the following:

Thursday dinner

  • 6 and 6:15 p.m. departure from Residence Inn to dinner at Durham Bottle Co.
  • After dinner departure from Durham Bottle Co. to Residence Inn


  • 8 and 8:20 a.m. departure from Residence Inn to Sanford Building on Duke's campus
  • After banquet dinner departure from campus to Residence Inn


  • 8 and 8:25 a.m. departure from Residence Inn to Sanford Building on Duke's campus
  • 4:15 departure from campus to Residence Inn

To make the Q&A following each of the Fellows' presentations as smooth as possible, we ask that all attendees please adhere to SEAREG norms:

  1. Graduate students will have the first opportunity to ask questions and offer comments before the floor is opened to junior and senior faculty
  2. To be placed in the question/comment queue, please raise your hand (if in-person) or send a chat message to the meeting host (if online) with the following information:
    • Whether your response is type (1) or type (2)
      • Type 1 indicates a new question or comment
      • Type 2 indicates a follow-up to the current question to which the presenter is responding
    • Your title (e.g., grad student, faculty)
    • The general nature of your feedback (e.g., empirics, methodology, discipline-related, literature, etc.)
  3. Please keep your feedback as professional and as succinct as possible. These are working papers presented by colleagues and the goal of the session is to advance everyone’s thoughts on the subject matter at hand.

One of the features of SEAREG conferences is our Happy Hour Poster Session. During this informal section of the conference, approved attendees can share their unpublished research with colleagues and gain feedback in a casual setting.

Deadline to submit a proposal for the poster session: Nov. 22, 2023. You may submit your information for a poster on your registration form or email

Poster Options


The first is a traditional, printed poster that is displayed on a board or wall (depending on the conference venue and host capacity). If you are looking for guidance, here is a website that has a downloadable template, advice (from LSE), and a video summarizing a “better poster” layout. In terms of size, we recommend a poster that would fit onto a “standard” poster board, or 24″ x 36″ (approx. 610 x 914 mm).


A second option is to present the poster digitally via your own laptop or large-screen tablet. The main advantages of this format are portability and cost-saving (no printing). The main challenge is making sure your audience can clearly see the information you present on your screen. Accordingly, for “digital posters,” we suggest having no more than 5 slides, organized as follows: (I) Research question/puzzle; (II) brief statement of your argument; (III) Research design; (IV) Highlight of 1-2 key findings; (V) Points about which you would like feedback.

Whichever format you choose, the point of the session is to share your research findings and gain feedback. The poster visuals are mainly a lure to draw an audience so you can chat with them about your work.


Please email Jack Daly at




Duke Center for International Development


Wake Forest University



Henry Luce Foundation
Duke Asian/Pacific Studies Institute

SEAREG is grateful to the Henry Luce Foundation and Duke Asian/Pacific Studies Institute for their financial support to make this conference possible.