Political Science Faculty
Political Science Faculty
Office Location: 121 Williams Hall
View Neil Englehart's CV
Neil Englehart works on human rights, state formation and state capacity, with a regional emphasis on Southeast Asia. He has done extensive fieldwork in Thailand, as well as in Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, India, and the UK. He has also traveled to North Korea, and is currently developing a project on human rights reporting about that country.
In addition to his regular teaching, his current projects on the Convention for the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the human rights behavior of non-state armed groups have both involved extensive work with BGSU undergraduate student researchers.
Fields of Study
- Comparative politics/international relations
- State failure
- Human rights
- Asian politics
- 1996 Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California, San Diego.
- 1991 M.A. in Political Science, University of California, San Diego.
- 1987 B.A. in History and East Asian Studies, Oberlin College.
- Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization (Contributor and co-editor with Mahmood Monshipouri, Andrew J. Nathan and Kavita Philip). M. E. Sharpe, 2003.
- Culture and Power in Traditional Siamese Government. Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, 2001.
- “Two Cheers for Burma’s Rigged Election.” Forthcoming in Asian Survey 52:4 (August 2012).
- “What Makes Civil Society Civil? The State and Social Groups,” Polity 43:3 (July 2011).
- “Liberal Leviathan or Outpost of Empire? J.S. Furnivall on Colonial Rule in Burma,” Modern Asian Studies 45:4 (July 2011).
- “Representing Civilization: Ornamentalism, Solidarism and Siam’s Entry into International Society,” European Journal of International Relations 16:3 (September 2010).
- “A Tale of Two Afghanistans: Governance and Insurgency North and South,”Asian Survey 50:4 (August 2010).
- “State Capacity, State Failure and Human Rights.” Journal of Peace Research 49:2 (March 2009).
- “Resource Conflict and Ethnic Peace in Northern Thailand.” Asia Pacific Viewpoint 49:1 (April 2008).
- “Governments Against States: The Political Logic of Self-Destructive Despotism.” International Political Science Review 28:2 (March 2007).
- Review Essay: “The State of the State in Southeast Asia: Contention, Globalization and State Capacity,” forthcoming in International Studies Review 14:3 (September 2012).
- “Giving Up the Burma Fantasy,” Dissent (April 2010).
- Op-ed: “Farewell to World Peace?” (with Charles Kurzman), Christian Science Monitor August 29, 2008.
2008 Institute for Cultural Studies Fellowship, Bowling Green State University.
- 2008 Academic Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
- 2004-2007 Andrew J. Mellon Foundation grant for collaborative research on comparative colonialism (2006-7 declined).
- 2002-2003 Member, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, NJ.
- 2002 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for research in the India Office Archives, London.
- 1999 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Columbia University: “Human Rights and the Challenge of Cultural Relativism.”
- 1995-1996 Andrew J. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University.
- 1993-1994 Fulbright Fellowship for research in Thailand.
- “Women’s Rights, International Law and Domestic Politics: Explaining CEDAW’s Effectiveness,” with Melissa K. Miller. Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, WA, September 2011.
- “Women’s Rights in International Law: Why is CEDAW Different?,” with Melissa K. Miller, Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2011.
“Universal Virtue and Particularistic Contexts: The Burmese Election.” First Conference of the Southeast Asia Human Rights Network, Bangkok, Thailand, October 2010.
- “Theorizing State Failure,” Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2010.
- “State Failure, Strategic Choice and State Collapse,” Presentation to the Political Instability Task Force, Washington, D.C., February 2010.“
- A Tale of Two Afghanistans: Governance and Insurgency North and South,” Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2009.
- “Failing States and Failing Regimes” (with Marc V. Simon), Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, March 2008.
- “Representing Civilization: Siam’s Entry into International Society,” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, September 2007.
- “State Failure, Strategic Choice and State Collapse,” Political Instability Task Force, Washington, D.C., February 2010.
- Petty Despots and Exemplary Villains: State Failure and Human Rights
- The CEDAW Effect: Women’s Rights, International Law and Domestic Politics, with Melissa K. Miller
- The Human Rights Behavior of Non-State Armed Groups
- Introduction to Comparative Politics
- Introduction to Critical Thinking
- Introduction to International Studies
- Asian Politics
- Human Rights
- Militias and Insurgent Groups
- Seminar in International Studies: Globalization and the State