Mark R. Thompson

Head and Professor of Politics, Department of Asian and International Studies, and Director, Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong


Mark R. Thompson taught in the United Kingdom (Glasgow), Germany (Muenster, Dresden, Passau and Erlangen-Nuremberg) and Japan (Keio University) before coming to the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) where he is also director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC).

He was president of the Asian Political and International Studies Association, APISA, in 2013-14. In 2007-2008 he was Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Fellow for Southeast Asian Studies at Stanford University and the National University of Singapore.

He completed a German Research Council funded project on dynastic female leaders in Asia, is finishing a Hong Kong government GRF research project (together with William Case) about the problems of electoral democracies in Southeast Asia, and has recently received a Hong Kong government GRF to study the rise of illiberal rule in the Philippines (together with Julio C. Teehankee). Together with Stephan Ortmann, he is also completing a CityU- funded project about China's interest in the “Singapore Model."

His academic qualifications include an M.A. and Ph.D., honours (from Yale University), an M.A. and B.A. (from Cambridge University), and a B.A., magna cum laude (from Brown University).

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