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Thomas Pepinsky

Walter F. LaFeber Professor

Thomas Pepinsky

322 White Hall



I am the Walter F. LaFeber Professor of Government and Director of the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell, and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brooking Institution. I study comparative politics and political economy, with a focus on emerging market economies in Southeast Asia. I received my Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in May 2007, and joined the Cornell faculty in 2008.


  • Government

Graduate Fields

  • Asian Studies
  • Government


My research centers around two themes: the relationship between economic interests and political outcomes, and the interaction between domestic politics and the global economy. Most of my work focuses on emerging markets, and I have a special interest in Southeast Asia and the Muslim world. My current work focuses on issues relating to identity, politics, and political economy in comparative and international politics. 


Spring 2022


Recent selected publications. See my list of published work for more. 


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