Benedict Kerkvliet

Professor Benedict Kerkvliet

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Corresponding Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2000


Benedict Kerkvliet is Emeritus Professor at the Department of Political and Social Change, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies, at the Australian National University. He works across the areas of comparative politics, Southeast Asia and Asian studies. Kerkvliet was born and raised in Montana USA, surrounded by working-class relatives and friends for whom political discussion and debate were part of life. After graduating from the local public high schools, he earned his BA at Whitman College (Walla Walla, Washington) and his MA and PhD. at University of WisconsinMadison. He taught at the University of Hawai’i in (Honolulu) for nearly twenty years before joining the Australian National University in 1992 where he was a Professor and Head of the Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

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