Associate Professor Michael Barr

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1997 …2023

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Research Biography

Michael Barr was awarded his PhD in History by the University of Queensland in 1998 for his thesis on the development of Lee Kuan Yew's political thought. He received a national award from the Asian Studies Association of Australia for his dissertation and then won a Queensland University of Technology Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, which he used to continue his research on Singapore politics while writing a book on the 'Asian values' debate. He subsequently accepted an ARC postdoctoral research fellowship, which he took at Queensland University. The second fellowship was dedicated to continuing his research on Singapore. In 2007 he joined Flinders University as a lecturer in International Relations and became the director of several degree programmes and majors. He has been an Associate Professor since 2014.

From 2012-2017 he was Editor-in-Chief of Asian Studies Review, flagship journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australia and now he is Associate Editor of that journal. Articles accepted and managed under his editorship appeared from 2013-2018.

He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2018.

Michael has written 5 books and co-edited 2 volumes of collected essays, along with dozens of journal articles and individual book chapters - mainly on Singapore politics and history. He is a regular commentator on Singaporean and Asian affairs, and his commentary and op-eds have appear in many media outlets including the BBC, ABC (TV, radio and online), Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Australian Financial Review, CNN (online), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Straits Times (Singapore), Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore), Washington Post and The New York Times.

A link to Michael Barr's Google Public Profile of publications and citations can be found here.

Research Interests

Singapore history and politics; Malaysian history and politics; religion and ethnicity in politics and nationalism.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Ethnicity, religion, politics in Singapore (1)
  • Security Studies, Aceh and Patani (1)
  • Singapore politics (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Ethnicity, religion, politics in Malaysia (2)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Government and international relations

Supervisory Interests

  • Malaysia, politics and history
  • Singapore history, politics and society


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