Visiting address
Phone: +852 34424483

Author IDs


M.A. and Ph.D., honours (Yale University), M.A. and B.A. (Cambridge University), B.A., magna cum laude (Brown University)


Mark R. Thompson taught in the United Kingdom (Glasgow), Germany (Muenster, Dresden, Passau and Erlangen-Nuremberg), and Japan (Keio University) before coming to CityU where he is also director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC). He is president of the Hong Kong Political Science Association (HKPSA) and past president of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) 2013-14. In 2007-08 he was Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Fellow for Southeast Asian Studies at Stanford University and the National University of Singapore. He completed a German Research Council funded project on dynastic female leaders in Asia, a Hong Kong government General Research Fund (GRF) research project together with William Case about the problems of electoral democracies in Southeast Asia, and, together with Stephan Ortmann, a CityU- funded project about China's interest in the “Singapore Model”. He has recently received a Hong Kong government GRF to study the rise of illiberal rule in the Philippines together with co-I Prof. Julio C. Teehankee.


  • Political economy of East Asia
  • US Politics and Society
  • Authoritarianism and Democracy

Research Interests/Areas

Discipline: Political Science

  • Democracy in Southeast Asia
  • East Asian authoritarianism
  • Dynasties in Asia

Current/Recent Research Projects

  • The Rise of Illiberal Populist Rule in the Philippines (Research Grants Council, General Research Fund - GRF - grant);
  • Democracy and its Discontents in Southeast Asia (GRF grant);
  • The ‘Singapore Model’ and its Influence on China (CityU Strategic Research Grant)