Alexandre Pelletier, PhD
SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cornell University
I am a SSHRC visiting 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 2019. I work on religious violence and indigenous/ethnic minority self-determination in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Indonesia and Myanmar, where I have conducted extensive fieldwork.
I am the winner of a 2019 Governor General's Gold Medal for the highest academic standing at the University of Toronto, the Vincent-Lemieux Prize for the best dissertation in Canada in 2017-2018 (CPSA), and the Honorable Mention for the Aaron Wildavsky Best Dissertation Award in Religion and Politics (APSA).
I am currently working on a book manuscript, based on my Ph.D. dissertation, about communal conflicts in Indonesia. The book argues that competition among Muslim leaders is a powerful driver of Islamist mobilization and violence. My postdoctoral project investigates the political economy of moderate mobilization against religious extremism in Indonesia and Myanmar. This project studies how religious networks and institutions shape religious leaders’ propensity to curtail extremist forms of mobilization.
In parallel to my work on religious violence, I have also been involved in various projects about indigenous/ethnic minority self-determination movements. In Myanmar, I am currently involved in a International Development Research Center of Canada-funded research about indigenous/ethnic minority rights, political autonomy, and federalism.