Hail Fellow, well met

October 9, 2012

Professor Garry Rodan has been elected by his peers as a Fellow of the prestigious Academy of the Social Sciences, Australia (ASSA).

An autonomous, non-governmental organisation devoted to the advancement of knowledge and research in the various social sciences, the ASSA consists of 532 Fellows, including those honorary and overseas.

Fellows are appointed for having made a distinguished contribution to one or more disciplines of the social sciences.

Professor Rodan, of Murdoch University’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Asia Research Centre, said he was informed of the honour in late September.

“The process of nomination, evaluation and eventual election by peers takes many months and began much earlier,” Professor Rodan said.

“Naturally I am delighted to receive this acknowledgement from distinguished academic peers and I look forward to the opportunities and responsibilities associated with the Fellowship.

“Importantly, though, since many of the things that I have personally achieved have been inspired, supported and encouraged by colleagues at Murdoch University — and those in the Asia Research Centre in particular — I see this award as reflecting on others as well.”

Currently Australian Professorial Fellow of the Australian Research Council, Professor Rodan is best known for his research into dynamic and durable forms of authoritarian rule, especially in Singapore. He is the author and editor of ten books and dozens of journal chapters and articles.

Associate Professor Caroline Hughes, Director of the Asia Research Centre, said the Fellowship was well deserved.

“The Asia Research Centre congratulates Professor Rodan on this very significant achievement, the attainment of which further enhances the reputation of our Centre, School and of Murdoch University more generally,” she said.

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