Kevin Hewison is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contemporary Asia and the Weldon E. Thornton Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 2018 to 2020 he will be an adjunct professor with the University of Macau.
He “retired” from his position as Sir Walter Murdoch Professor of Politics and International Studies and Director of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in December 2015. In a poor career choice, he had returned to his alma mater in May 2013.
Prior to this he was Weldon E. Thornton Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies in the Department of Asian Studies and Director of the Carolina Asia Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He completed undergraduate studies at the Western Australian Institute of Technology and Murdoch University and his Ph.D. in 1984 at Murdoch University. He has held academic posts at Murdoch University, the Australian National University, the University of Papua New Guinea, the University of New England and the City University of Hong Kong in social science and area studies disciplines. He has held visiting positions at Mahidol University (Thailand) and the University of Warwick (UK). He was Visiting Professor of Asian Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University in the first half of 2012. In December 2015 and February-March 2016, he was Academic Icon (Visiting Professor), Centre of China Studies, University of Malaya. In the first half of 2017, he was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University. In May 2018, he was a visiting professor at the University of Stockholm.
Before arriving at UNC, Hewison was the Foundation Chair of Asian Studies at the University of New England and then Professor and Director of City University’s Southeast Asia Research Centre.
He is the author of more than 200 publications on Southeast Asia, democratization and globalization. His current research interests include: globalization and social change in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand; democratization; and labor issues.
In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. His Academy Fellow’s page includes a video of his short speech about his work and the politics of Murdoch University.