Risa J Toha

Social Sciences (Political Science)

Assistant Professor

Email: risa.toha@yale-nus.edu.sg
Website: sites.google.com/site/risatoha

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Assistant Professor Risa Toha received her AB from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and her MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Prior to arriving at Yale-NUS College, Asst Prof Toha was an Indonesia Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Visiting Scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wheaton College, IL.

Asst Prof Toha specialises in comparative politics, and is particularly interested in ethnic politics, political economy of development and political violence.


Rioting for Reform: Exit and Violence in Developing Countries (Under contract with Cambridge University Press (Problems in International Politics), expected Spring 2021).

Peer-reviewed articles:

2017: “Political Competition and Ethnic Riots in Democratic Transition: A Lesson from Indonesia” British Journal of Political Science 47(3): 631-651

2019: “A Target-Based Typology of Electoral Violence: Insights from Indonesia” Terrorism and Political Violence 31(4): 687-711       (with S.P. Harish)

Other writings:

2019:  “Review of Power Broking in the Shade: Party Finances and Money Politics in Southeast Asia. By Wolfgang Sachsenroder. Singapore: World Scientific, 2018. Hardcover: 191pp.” Journal of Contemporary Southeast Asia 41(2): 320-322.

2014:  “Reducing Decentralization’s Dysfunction.”  The Jakarta Post 12 May 2014, p. 7    (with Malcom McPherson)

Politics of Southeast Asia
International Political Economy
Politics of Identity in Developing Countries
International Development
Comparative Social Inquiry