Paul’s interests in Southeast Asian politics can be traced to 1980-81, when he first lived in the Philippines and witnessed mounting opposition to the rule of Ferdinand Marcos. This eventually led him into Southeast Asian studies at Yale University, where he completed an M.A. in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Political Science. He finished his dissertation while at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and proceeded to fifteen years of service on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the ANU in August 2008.
Career Highlights Harvard Academy for Area and International Studies, 1991-1993; Faculty, Department of Political Science and Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993-2008; Associate Chair, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, 2004-2007; Professor, ANU, 2008 to present. Visiting Associate Professor, Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore, 2004. Recipient of fellowships from Fulbright-Hays (1989, 1995-96, and 2003), Social Science Research Council (1990-91), American Council of Learned Societies-SSRC (1999), U.S. Institute of Peace (2001), and Asia Research Institute (2005). Program Chair, Association for Asian Studies, annual meetings in Boston, March 2007.
•The Arroyo Imbroglio in the Philippines, Journal of Democracy 19, no. 1 (2008): 141-155.
•Booty Capitalism: The Politics of Banking in the Philippines. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998. (Also Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1998, reprinted 2000.)
•Hutchcroft, P 2009, ‘Getting our Act Together?: Assessing the Implications of Philippine Politics and Political Economy on Philippine Foreign Policy’, The Philippines and Japan In East Asia and the World: Interests, Identity and roles, ed. Aileen Baviera and Rowena Pangilinan, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, pp. 24-27.
•Hutchcroft, P 2009, ‘The Hazards of Jeffersonianism: Challenges of State Building in the U.S. and its Empire’, in Alfred McCoy and Francisco Scarano (ed.), Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, pp. 375-392.
•Blank, N & Hutchcroft, P 2008, Philippine Overseas Migrant Worker Policy Making.
DFAT has doubled the funding on a wide-ranging research project by PSC to explore how domestic political concerns in Southeast Asian countries are impacting the stability of the rules-based order in the region, and what Australia can do to assist.
The extent to which local governments either facilitate or frustrate the delivery of public services is a critical issue in the rapidly growing urban centres of Asia.
The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper calls for Australia to support an ‘increasingly prosperous, outwardly-focused, stable and resilient Southeast Asia’.