Amy L. Freedman

Adjunct Associate Research Scholar

Political Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia

Amy Freedman is an adjunct associate research scholar at Weatherhead and she is an associate professor of political science at Long Island University, C.W. Post campus. Dr. Freedman's work looks at Southeast Asia, mostly Indonesia and Malaysia.

From 1998 to 2006, Professor Freedman taught at Franklin and Marshall College, where she gave courses on comparative politics, development and political change, and international political economy in the Asia Pacific. She participated in the first year of the ExEAS program (2001–2002) at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. During 2006–2007 at the Institute, she was a member of the University Seminar on Southeast Asia, where, at a November meeting, she presented her work.

She has two articles awaiting publication: "Civil Society, Moderate Islam, and the Quest for Democracy in Indonesia and Malaysia"; and "Political Viability, Contestation and Power: Islam and Politics in Indonesia and Malaysia," under review at the Journal of Asian and African Studies. "Consolidation or Withering Away of Democracy? Political Changes in Thailand and Indonesia" was published in Asian Affairs: An American Review 33, no. 4 (2007): 195–216. Her most recent book is Political Change and Consolidation: Democracy's Rocky Road in Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and Malaysia (Palgrave, 2006). She is the managing editor of Asian Security. She is also the author of numerous journal articles relating to political economy questions, minority politics, and questions about political Islam. Her work appears in Journal of Civil Society, Religion and Politics, World Affairs, and elsewhere.