Dirk Tomsa named editor of Asian Studies Review

Role as editor to commence in 2024.

Dirk Tomsa, an Associate Professor of Politics and Head of the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Asian Studies Review, the flagship publication of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).

Tomsa is a specialist in Indonesian politics and has published extensively on the country’s democratic trajectory, elections and party politics. His most recent book Politics in Contemporary Indonesia: Institutional Change, Policy Challenges and Democratic Decline (co-authored with Ken Setiawan from The University of Melbourne) was published by Routledge in 2022.

"I'm honoured to accept the appointment of editor", said Tomsa. "I'm looking looking forward to working with the journal's editorial team to further consolidate the reputation of the Asian Studies Review as a top multidisciplinary journal that publishes high-quality scholarship on contemporary and modern Asia."

Tomsa said he was particularly interested in opening the journal more to the social sciences. “The Asian Studies Review has been listed as a Q1 journal in the Scimago rankings for Cultural Studies and History for nearly a decade. My aim as new editor-in-chief is not only to maintain these top rankings but also to add Sociology and Political Science to that list.”

Tomsa will commence the role of editor-in-chief in January 2024.

Asian Studies Review is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles on all aspects of Asian studies. It is published by Taylor and Francis.