Alexandre Pelletier, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow (SSHRC), Cornell University (2019-2021)
I am a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies-Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University. I have obtained my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto in 2018. I work on religious violence and ethnic conflicts in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Indonesia and Myanmar, where I have conducted extensive fieldwork.
I am currently working on a book manuscript, based on my Ph.D. dissertation, about Islamic radicalism in Indonesia. The book argues that competition among Muslim leaders is a powerful driver of radicalism and that it prevents moderate leaders’ mobilization. My postdoctoral project investigates the political economy of moderate mobilization against religious extremism in Indonesia and Myanmar. This project studies how resource endowments shape religious leaders’ propensity to curtail extremist forms of mobilization. Since 2013, I have also been involved in various research projects in Myanmar, funded by the United States Institute of Peace and the International Development Research Centre. With my co-investigators, I study ethnic conflict, democratic transition, and federalism in Myanmar.
Over the years, I had the chance to be hosted by several institutions such as the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales at the Université de Montréal, the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Centre for the Study of Islam and Society at the State Islamic University in Jakarta, and the Sociology department at the University of Indonesia. My PhD dissertation was supported by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship.