Position/s

Senior Lecturer
International Relations

Biography

Michael Barr is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and a member of the Flinders Asia Centre Management Committee. An historian by training, he came to Flinders University from The University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology where he held postdoctoral research fellowships. He is Editor-in-Chief of Asian Studies Review.

Honours, awards and grants

Recipient of the 1999 Asian Studies Association of Australia's President's Prize for the best Australian PhD in Asian Studies in 1998.

Key responsibilities

Convenor, Postgraduate Studies, School of International Studies
Director of Studies for the International Relations major

Teaching interests

Asian history and society; Asian political economy; the cultural politics of religion and ethnicity, especially in Asia; religious and ethnic nationalism; genocide.

Topic Coordinator:

  • ASST3017  Asia Rising: The Politics of Development in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • ASST7010  Cultural Politics in Modern Asia: Religion and Ethnicity in Nation-Building and Politics
  • ASST9021  Religious and Ethnic Nationalism in Asia
  • INST3002  Perspectives in International Studies
  • INTR2003  Political Economy of the Asia-Pacific Region
  • INTR7009  The Cultural Politics of Religion, Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • INTR9060  The Cultural Politics of Religion, Ethnicity and Nationalism

Research expertise

  • Historical studies
  • Other education
  • Policy and administration
  • Political science
  • Religious and religious studies
  • Sociology

Research interests

Singapore history and politics; Malaysian history and politics; religion and ethnicity in politics and nationalism.

Supervisory interests

  • Asian religious and ethnic nationalism
  • Constructions of racial and ethnic identities
  • History, Singaporean
  • Malaysia, politics and history
  • Malaysian Islamisation policy
  • Politics, Singaporean
  • Religion and ethnic identity
  • Religion, politics and international relations
  • Singapore history, politics and society

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Malaysia and Singapore Politics (1) ; Gender and national identity in Malaysia (1) ; Singapore history (1) ; Ethnonationalist insurgency Thailand and Aceh (1) ; Elites and the Southern Thai Insurgency (1) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : Ethnicity, religion, politics in Singapore (1) ; Singapore politics (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Ethnicity, religion, politics in Malaysia (2) ;

Publications

  • Barr, M.D. (2013). Turning conservative Muslims into 'good citizens': new allies in the management of Islam in Singapore after 9/11. In J Camilleri & S Schottmann, ed. Culture, Religion and Conflict in Muslim Southeast Asia. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 70-87.
  • Barr, M.D. (2010). Harmony, conformity or timidity?: Singapore's overachievement in the quest for harmony. In Julia Tao, Anthony B.L. Cheung, Martin Painter, Chengyang Li, ed. Governance for Harmony in Asia and Beyond. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 73-102.
  • Barr, M.D. (2008). J.B. Jeyaretnam: a moral stand, but without a programme for Singapore. In Gloria Davies, J.V. D'Cruz, Nathan Hollier, ed. Profiles in Courage: Poltical Actors and Ideas in Contemporary Asia. North Melbourne, VIC: Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp. 197-209.
  • Barr, M.D. (2008). Singapore's Catholic social activitsts: alleged Marxist conspirators. In Michael D. Barr and Carl A. Trocki, ed. Paths Not Taken: Political Pluralism in Post-War Singapore. Singapore: NUS Press, pp. 228-247.
  • Trocki, C.A. and Barr, M.D. (2008). Introduction. In Michael D. Barr and Carl A. Trocki, ed. Paths Not Taken: Political Pluralism in Post-War Singapore. Singapore: NUS Press, pp. 1-14.
  • Barr, M.D. (2008). Confucianism, from above and below. In Jeffrey Haynes, ed. Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics. London, UK and New York, USA: Routledge, pp. 64-78.
  • Barr, M.D. (2005). Singapore. In Robin Gauld, ed. Comparative health policy in the Asia-Pacific. Open University Press: Maidenhead, pp. 146-173.
  • Barr, M.D. (2014). The Ruling Elite of Singapore: Networks of Power and Influence. Southeast Asian Paperback Edition ed. Bangkok: ESS (Thailand).
  • Barr, M.D. (2014). The Ruling Elite of Singapore: Networks of Power and Influence. Hardback ed. London: I.B.Tauris.
  • Barr, M.D. (2009). Lee Kuan Yew : the beliefs behind the man. 2nd ed. Michael D. Barr, ed. Kuala Lumpur: New Asian Library.
  • Barr, M.D. and Skrbis, Z. (2008). Constructing Singapore: elitism, ethnicity and the nation-building project. Copenhagen, Denmark: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press.
  • Barr, M.D. (2004). Cultural Politics and Asian Values: The tepid war. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Barr, M.D. (2002). Cultural politics and Asian values: the tepid war. New York, USA: Routledge.
  • Barr, M.D. and Trocki, C.A. (2008). Co-editor. Paths not taken: political pluralism in post-war Singapore. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.
  • Barr, M.D. and Trocki, C.A. (2002). Index of Political Headlines of Singapore's and Malaya's Vernacular Press: December 1953 to September 1961. Paths Not Taken Project: Political Pluralism in Postwar Singapore.
    [Web Link]
  • Barr, M.D. and Govindasamy, A.R. (2008). Hegemony without conversion: religious nationalism in modern Malaysia. In Dr Melissa Curley, Dr Sara Davies, Dr Richard Devetak and Dr Sebastian Kaempf, ed. Oceanic Conference on International Studies 2008. http://www.uq.edu.au/ocis/published-proceedings: The University of Queensland. Oceanic Conference on International Studies 2008. The University of Queensland, Brisbane. Jul 2008.
    [Web Link]
  • Barr, M.D. (2014). The bonsai under the banyan tree: democracy and democratisation in Singapore. Democratization, 21(1) pp. 29-48.
    [10.1080/13510347.2012.706606]
  • Barr, M.D. (2013). Law and Order in a Land of Tough Love. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ASIAN LAW, 14(1) pp. 1-6.
  • Barr, M.D. (2012). The Bonsai under the Banyan Tree: Democracy and Democratisation in Singapore. Democratization,
    [10.1080/13510347.2012.706606]
  • Barr, M.D. (2010). Marxists in Singapore? Lee Kuan Yew's Campaign against Catholic Social Justice Activists in the 1980s. Critical Asian Studies, 43(3) pp. 335-362.
    [10.1080/14672715.2010.507389] [Scopus]
  • Barr, M.D. (2010). Religious nationalism and nation-building in Asia: an introduction. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 64(3) pp. 255-261.
    [10.1080/10357711003736428] [Scopus]
  • Barr, M.D. and Govindasamy, A.R. (2010). The Islamisation of Malaysia: religious nationalism in the service of ethnonationalism. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 64(3) pp. 293-311.
    [10.1080/10357711003736469] [Scopus]
  • Barr, M.D. (2008). No island is a man: the enigma of Lee Kuan Yew 's legacy. Harvard Asia Quarterly, 11(2/3) pp. 45-56.
  • Barr, M.D. (2008). Singapore: the limits of a technocratic approach to health care. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 38(3) pp. 395-416.
    [10.1080/00472330802078485] [10.1080/00472330802078485] [Scopus]
  • Barr, M.D. (2006). Beyond technocracy: the culture of elite governance in Lee Hsien Loong's Singapore. Asian Studies Review, 30(1) pp. 1-17.
    [10.1080/10357820500537021]
  • Barr, M.D. and Low, J. (2005). Assimilation as multiracialism: the case of Singapore's Malays. Asian Ethnicity, 6(3) pp. 161-182.
    [10.1080/14631360500226606]
  • Barr, M.D. (2003). J.B. Jeyaretnam: three decades as Lee Kuan Yew's bete noir. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 33(3) pp. 299-317.
    [10.1080/00472330380000201]
  • Barr, M.D. (2003). Perpetual revisionism in Singapore: the limits of change. Pacific Review, 16(1) pp. 77-97.
    [10.1080/0951274032000043253] [10.1080/0951274032000043253] [Scopus]
  • Barr, M.D. (2001). Medical Savings Accounts in Singapore: A Critical Inquiry. Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law, 26(4) pp. 709-726.
    [10.1215/03616878-26-4-709]
  • Barr, M.D. (2014). The Ruling Elite of Singapore: Networks of Power and Influence. Hardback ed. London: I.B.Tauris.
  • Barr, M.D. and Skrbis, Z. (2008). Constructing Singapore: elitism, ethnicity and the nation-building project. Copenhagen, Denmark: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press.
  • Barr, M.D. (2013). Turning conservative Muslims into 'good citizens': new allies in the management of Islam in Singapore after 9/11. In J Camilleri & S Schottmann, ed. Culture, Religion and Conflict in Muslim Southeast Asia. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 70-87.
  • Barr, M.D. (2010). Harmony, conformity or timidity?: Singapore's overachievement in the quest for harmony. In Julia Tao, Anthony B.L. Cheung, Martin Painter, Chengyang Li, ed. Governance for Harmony in Asia and Beyond. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 73-102.
  • Barr, M.D. (2008). Singapore's Catholic social activitsts: alleged Marxist conspirators. In Michael D. Barr and Carl A. Trocki, ed. Paths Not Taken: Political Pluralism in Post-War Singapore. Singapore: NUS Press, pp. 228-247.
  • Barr, M.D. (2008). Confucianism, from above and below. In Jeffrey Haynes, ed. Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics. London, UK and New York, USA: Routledge, pp. 64-78.
  • Barr, M.D. (2012). The Bonsai under the Banyan Tree: Democracy and Democratisation in Singapore. Democratization,
    [10.1080/13510347.2012.706606]
  • Barr, M.D. (2010). Religious nationalism and nation-building in Asia: an introduction. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 64(3) pp. 255-261.
    [10.1080/10357711003736428] [Scopus]
  • Barr, M.D. and Govindasamy, A.R. (2010). The Islamisation of Malaysia: religious nationalism in the service of ethnonationalism. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 64(3) pp. 293-311.
    [10.1080/10357711003736469] [Scopus]
  • Barr, M.D. (2010). Marxists in Singapore? Lee Kuan Yew's Campaign against Catholic Social Justice Activists in the 1980s. Critical Asian Studies, 43(3) pp. 335-362.
    [10.1080/14672715.2010.507389] [Scopus]

Professional and community engagement

2012-14: Editor-in-Chief, Asian Studies Review, journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
2011-12: General Councillor, ASAA
2010: Co-editor (with Dr Liz Morrell) of the Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of the ASAA and member, Organising Committee, 18th Biennial Conference of the ASAA
Ongoing: Member, Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA)

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Asia
  • International Relations
  • Muslims
  • Politics
  • Religion

Interests

  • Singapore and Malaysia Politics and history

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