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Sebastian DETTMAN

Full-time Faculty
Assistant Professor of Political Science
School of Social Sciences

Dr Sebastian Dettman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. He researches politics in Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia and Indonesia, focusing on political parties, electoral competition, and democratization. He completed his PhD in the Department of Government at Cornell University, and a Masters in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. Prior to SMU, he was a 2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Shorenstein Center at Stanford University. His research has been published in outlets including Democratization, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Electoral Studies, and South East Asia Research.


  • PhD & MA (Government), Cornell University, 2018
  • MA (Southeast Asian Studies), University of Michigan, 2012
  • BA, Pitzer College, 2005

Research Interests

  • Democratization
  • Political Parties and Elections
  • Political Participation
  • Southeast Asian Politics

Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Democracy
  • Political Participation and Policy