The inaugural Director of the Asia Institute Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Prof James Chin is an expert on governance issues in Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore. He also works on island states in the South Pacific. He is a Senior Fellow at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, and previously Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore; and Professor of Political Science, Monash University, Malaysia campus.