Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Bertrand.jpgJacques Bertrand

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Toronto

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Jacques Bertrand is associate professor of Political Science, University of Toronto. He is a graduate of McGill University (B.A. 1987) and of the London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc. 1988). He received his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 1995.

Before joining the University of Toronto in 1998, Bertrand was researcher and subsequently Senior Researcher at the North-South Institute (Ottawa) from 1996-1998. He also held a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) at McGill University (1996-1997).

Jacques Bertrand is one of North America's broadly recognized specialists of Indonesian politics. He is the author of Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Indonesia (Cambridge University Press, 2004), which has received attention worldwide and is currently being translated in Indonesian. He was the winner of the 2002 William L. Holland prize for the outstanding article published in Pacific Affairs for his article, "Legacies of the Authoritarian Past: Religious Violence in Indonesia's Moluccan Islands" (Pacific Affairs, 75:1, 2002). He has also published articles on Indonesian politics and Southeast Asia more broadly in journals such as Comparative Politics and Asian Survey. He has also published several book chapters, reference materials and popular articles. He is a frequent commentator in the Canadian media of political events in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

Bertrand has been invited to speak in a variety of academic and policy forums, organized by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, UBC Centre for Southeast Asia Research/Simon Fraser University International, Ohio University, York University, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, United States Department of State, the Council on Foreign Relations, among others.

Bertrand has been working for many years on ethnic politics and conflict, nationalism, and democratization in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. More recently, he has begun to work on ethnic minority representation and interests in Southeast Asia more broadly, with an emphasis on the relatively new democracies of Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.


  • Indonesian politics
  • Southeast Asia
  • Religion, political violence and nationalism and ethnic conflict in Indonesia
  • Democratization and the status of ethnic minorities in Southeast Asia (Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia)