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Dan Slater is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His book manuscript examining how divergent historical patterns of contentious politics have shaped variation in state power and authoritarian durability in seven Southeast Asian countries, entitled Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast Asia, was published in the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series in 2010. He is also a co-editor of Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis (Stanford University Press, 2008), which assesses the contributions of Southeast Asian political studies to theoretical knowledge in comparative politics. His published articles can be found in disciplinary journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, American Journal of Sociology, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, and Studies in Comparative International Development, as well as more area-oriented journals such as Indonesia, Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, and the Taiwan Journal of Democracy. He has recently received four best-article awards and two best-paper awards from various organized sections of the American Political Science Association and American Sociological Association.
- "Strong-State Democratization in Malaysia and Singapore." Journal of Democracy 23, No. 2 (April 2012): 19-33.
- "Altering Authoritarianism: Institutional Complexity and Autocratic Agency in Indonesia." in James Mahoney and Kathleen Thelen (eds.), Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
- "Informative Regress: Critical Antecedents in Comparative Politics," with Erica Simmons Comparative Political Studies 43, No. 7 (July 2010), pp. 886-917.
- "Revolutions, Crackdowns, and Quiescence: Communal Elites and Democratic Mobilization in Southeast Asia," American Journal of Sociology 115, No. 1 (July 2009).
- "Can Leviathan be Democratic? Competitive Elections, Robust Mass Politics, and State Infrastructural Power." Studies in Comparative International Development 43, No. 3 (Fall/Winter 2008).