Michael Kelly Connors

Assoc Professor

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General Areas of Supervision:
Political Ideologies in Southeast Asia
Anti-corruption politics
Thai Modern History and Politics
Gramscian IR
Comparative Political Theory

1995 …2023

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Personal profile


Associate Professor in Global Studies a),  School or Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia.  He holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne (Political Science).

Before joining Monash Malaysia in August 2021, Michael worked as a lecturer in a number of institutions including Thammasat University, La Trobe University, University of Leeds, City University of Hong Kong, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus and Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. Among his service roles are Head of Department (XJTLU),  Head of School (Nottingham), Director of Research (XJTLU), and Faculty Chair, Graduate Studies (La Trobe). He was in 2016-2017 a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, where he convened a workshop on political ideologies, commenced a translation project (Thai to English), and wrote several papers on populism, corruption and political theory.

Michael currently views his work as lying in the emerging field of global area studies. He has a keen interest in local manifestations of global moments, including political events, ideas and culture. Many of his publications explore these through a study of Thailand. He also works in the area of International Relations and is especially interested in the foreign policies of Australia, Thailand and Japan, Gramscian IR, and the politics of civilisade. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Contemporary Asia and Asian Review.

His research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, the British Academy of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Australian Academy of the Humanities, among others. 

Research Interests according to FOR (ARC)

Historical Studies, Government and Politics of the Asia Pacific, Political Theory and Philosophy


Supervision and Area Interests 

Democracy (critiques, theories, democratisation), political Ideologies, studies of the state, Thailand, Southeast Asia , foreign policies of Australia and Japan; nationalism, populism, political corruption, cultural policy, comparative political theory, global intellectual history (Southeast Asia focus).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science , PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 6 Sept 2000

Research area keywords

  • Liberalism
  • Thailand
  • Conservatism
  • Political ideology
  • National identity
  • Global Studies

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