Dr. Elvin Ong is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Southeast Asia Research at the Institute of Asian Research within the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. He is also affiliated with the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore as an Overseas Postdoctoral Fellow.
Elvin is from Singapore and completed his PhD in Political Science at Emory University in 2018. He is developing a book manuscript on opposition parties and coalition formation in authoritarian regimes, based on his dissertation research on the topic in Singapore and Malaysia. New research on the history of opposition coalition building in the 1980s in Philippines and South Korea will also be included.
Beyond his book manuscript, he is currently working new research on self-censorship in Singapore and China, differences between urban and rural voters in Malaysia, and on legislative speech in Singapore. His research has been funded by Singapore’s Ministry of Education, the National University of Singapore, and the Southeast Asia Research Group. He has also won awards for his research from the Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies, the largest interdisciplinary academic association for the study of Asia in North America.
Beyond academia, Elvin enjoys cooking at home and venturing afar to find Southeast Asian food. He takes no position on whether nasi goreng, Hainanese chicken rice, nasi lemak, or char kway teow is Malaysian, Singaporean, or Indonesian food.
- “Electoral Manipulation, Opposition Power, and Institutional Change: Contesting for Electoral Reform in Singapore, Malaysia, and Cambodia” Electoral Studies. 54(2018): 159-171
- OnlineFirst. (with Kai Ostwald and Dimitar Gueorguiev) “Language Politics, Education, and Ethnic Integration: The Pluralist Dilemma in Singapore.” Politics, Groups, and Identities.
- “Opposition Coordination in Singapore’s 2015 General Elections.” The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs. 105(2):185-194.
- “Complementary Institutions in Authoritarian Regimes: The Everyday Politics of Constituency Service in Singapore.” Journal of East Asian Studies. 15(3):361-390.
- Winner, Association for Asian Studies Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei Studies Group John A. Lent Prize for Best Conference Paper presented in 2014.
- Winner, Association for Asian Studies Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei Studies Group Ronald Provencher Award for Best Graduate Student Paper Proposal in 2014.
- (with Mou Hui Tim) “Singapore’s 2011 General Elections and Beyond: Beating the PAP at their own Game.” Asian Survey. 54(4): 749-772.