Risa Toha

Risa Toha

Assistant Professor

Office: Kirby 313
Phone: 758-3380
Email: tohar@wfu.edu

Areas of Expertise: Political economy of development, identity politics, and politics of Southeast Asia

Risa Toha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest Universtiy. Her research examines questions related to ethnic politics, violence, and political economy, with an area focus in Southeast Asia. Her new book, “Rioting for Representation: Local Ethnic Mobilization in Democratizing Countries,” examines the micro-dynamics of ethnic riots in Indonesia during its transition to democracy and argues that local political actors resort to violence to protest against exclusion in local politics. This book was published by Cambridge University Press’ series in Problems in International Politics. Some of her other works have been published at the British Journal of Political Science, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Electoral Studies, among others. Her research has been supported by grants from the Singapore Social Science Research Council, Singapore’s Ministry of Education, Mustard Seed Foundation, Pacific Rim Research Organization, and the US Department of Education. For more details, visit her personal website here.


AB, Princeton University, 2003
PhD, University of California Los Angeles, 2012

Academic Appointments
Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, 2022-present
Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS College, Singapore, 2015-present (on leave)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Wheaton College, 2014-2015

POL 242 Topics in Comparative Politics: Identity and Inclusion in the Global South
POL 242 Topics in Comparative Politics: Politics in Southeast Asia 

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