Stephen McCarthy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University, and a member of the Griffith Asia Institute. He received his PhD in Political Science from Northern Illinois University focusing on political theory, and the comparative politics and international relations of Southeast Asia. He has served as a visiting fellow and visiting scholar at the East-West Center in Honolulu and the Royal University of Phnom Penh. His current research interests include Southeast Asian politics, international relations and rule of law; transitional politics and political rhetoric in Myanmar; and the political economy of forestry governance in the Asia Pacific. He has published widely on these topics in international journals including The Pacific Review, Asian Survey, Pacific Affairs, Democratization and International Political Science Review. He is the author of The Political Theory of Tyranny in Singapore and Burma (Routledge, 2006); and lead co-editor of Governance and Democracy in the Asia-Pacific: Political and Civil Society (Routledge, 2020).