PAUL D KENNY

ABOUT ME

I am Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University. I joined the ANU in 2013, having completed my PhD in political science at Yale University.

At the broadest level, my research is concerned with the economic origins of political order and political behavior. I have written on several subjects within this theme, including the political economy of populism, corruption, and identity politics. My research has been published in the British Journal of Political Science and The Journal of Politics among other journals.

My first book, Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2017) demonstrates a causal link between the disruption of political patronage networks and the electoral success of populist candidates. The book received the American Political Science Association's 2018 Robert A. Dahl Award. A second book, Populism in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2019), examines the political economy of populism in the region.

I am currently working on two book projects, Situation Normal: Populism from Ancient Greece to the Age of Trump, which extends my work on populism across democratic history, and Killing Democracy: The War on Drugs and Illiberalism in the Philippines (with Nicole Curato and Ronald Holmes), which examines the relationships between popular concerns over crime, charismatic leadership, and democracy in the Philippines.

I live in Canberra with my wife and two sons.