Alumnus, PhD, Political Science, GG Gold Medal Recipient
Alexandre Pelletier is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University. He obtained his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto in 2018. He works on religious violence and ethnic conflicts in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Indonesia and Myanmar, where he has conducted extensive fieldwork. He is currently working on a book manuscript, based on his 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. His 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, Alexandre has also been involved in various research projects in Myanmar, funded by the United States Institute of Peace and the International Development Research Centre. With his coinvestigators, he studies ethnic conflict, democratic transition, and federalism in Myanmar. He has published some of his work on Indonesia and Myanmar in various journals such as Asian Security (2018), Nationalism & Ethnic Politics (2017), and South East Asia Research (2017).