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RICKS, Jacob

Full-time Faculty
Associate Professor of Political Science; Associate Dean (Research)
School of Social Sciences

Dr Jacob Ricks joined SMU in 2013. He finished his PhD at Emory University, his MA at Northern Illinois University, and his BA at Utah State University. His research focuses on ethnic and national identities as well as the political economy of development in Southeast Asia, with a special emphasis on Thailand. He is co-author of Ethnicity and Politics in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press 2022) as well as articles in outlets such as World Politics, Political Behavior, World Development, and Pacific Affairs, among others.


  • PhD, (Political Science), Emory University, 2013
  • MA, (Political Science with a concentration in Southeast Asian Studies), Northern Illinois University, 2007
  • BA, (Asian Studies & Political Science, with Magna Cum Laude), Utah State University, 2005

Research Interests

  • Political Economy of Development
  • Bureaucratic and Policy Reforms
  • Common Pool Resource Governance
  • Southeast Asia (especially Thailand and Indonesia)

Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Politics of South East Asia
  • Capstone Seminar