sdettman [at] stanford [dot] edu
School of Social Sciences
Singapore Management University
90 Stamford Road, Level 04
Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. Prior to joining SMU, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. I completed my PhD in the Department of Government at Cornell University in 2018.
I research party building, electoral competition, and political representation in newly democratic and authoritarian regimes. I have a regional focus on Southeast Asia, and have conducted extensive fieldwork across both Indonesia (since 2009) and Malaysia (since 2013). My book project examines how and when opposition parties in competitive authoritarian regimes are successful in building electoral and political power, focusing primarily on the case of Malaysia.
I have also worked as a consultant and researcher for a variety of organizations, including the Asia Foundation, the International Crisis Group, the Australian National University, and the Carter Center.
For more information about my research and publications, please see my CV.