Dr. Johan Saravanamuttu is a Malaysian political scientist and international relations specialist with a wide international reputation. He is an Adjunct Professor at Asia Europe Institute, University of Malaya and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. Since June 2003, Professor Saravanamuttu served as Dean of the Research Platform on Social Transformation at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Dr. Johan was also previously professor of political science at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang where he served as Dean from 1994-1996, Thereafter in 1997, he was the Visiting Chair in ASEAN and International Studies at the Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. His published works include the first major study of Malaysia’s foreign policy (1983), ASEAN regional non-governmental organizations (1986), and The Nexus Between Industrialization And The Institutionalization Of Authoritarian Regimes In Southeast Asia (1991).
His recent books include “Power Sharing in a Divided Nation: Communalism and Politics in Six Decades of Malaysia’s Elections (2016)”, “Malaysia’s Foreign Policy, the First Fifty Years: Alignment, Neutralism, Islamism (2010)” and “Islam and Politics in Southeast Asia (2009)”.
Dr. Johan Saravanamuttu obtained his Ph.D from the University of British Columbia after his M.A. from the University of British Columbia and B.S.Sc. from University of Singapore. His Area of Specialisation are Malaysian Politics & Foreign Relations, Southeast Asian Politics, Southeast Asian Regionalism, Islam and Politics in Southeast Asia.