Nick Cheesman

A/Prof Nick Cheesman

Senior Fellow


BCom, GDipEd (Melbourne), MEd (Hons) (UWA), PhD (ANU)

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Nick Cheesman is a scholar of the politics of law and policing in mainland Southeast Asia, in particular, Myanmar (Burma). His work is concerned generally with how language animates actions, how categories determine meanings, and how ideas constitute practices. Presently, he holds an Australian Research Council grant to document where, when and how torture occurs in Myanmar and Thailand. Through this research, he aims to reinterpret the relationship between violence and the state. In his spare time he hosts the New Books in Interpretive Political and Social Science series for the New Books Network.

For more on Nick’s research interests, roles, podcasts, courses taught, and publications, please visit

NBSEAS panel at the ASSA Conference in Sydney in June 2018:  Patrick Jory, Holly High, Nick Cheesman and Lee Morgenbesser.

Bringing serious authors and serious topics on Southeast Asia to the public

Taking research to the masses, Dr Nick Cheesman hosts a monthly podcast on Southeast Asian studies as part of the New Books Network.

Bell School wins more than $835,000 in ARC funding

Bell School wins more than $835,000 in ARC funding

Academics based at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University have won more than $835,000 for four projects in the latest Australian Research Council funding round.

Myanmar opposition leader and head of the parliamentary committee on Rule of law and stability, Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo by AFP

Making sense of the rule of law

A new study of Myanmar’s courts reveals the tensions between the rule of law and a focus on law and order

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