Dr. Stephan ORTMANN

Adjunct Assistant Professor: Stephan Ortmann completed his PhD in political science at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2008. His PhD thesis compared the political developments in Hong Kong and Singapore with the goal to understand the emergence of political contention. The starting point was the observation that scholars in both cities had described the population as apathetic in the 1970s but Hong Kongers became much more politically mobilized than Singaporeans since. Since his graduation he has worked on various issues related to political change in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and Vietnam. He has since taught at the University of Hagen (Germany), City University of Hong Kong, Education University of Hong Kong, Baptist University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University, and Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include comparative politics, contentious politics, civil society, and environmental movements.

  • Office: C934

Selected publications

  • Ortmann, Stephan. 2021. “Hong Kong’s constructive identity and political participation: Resisting China’s blind nationalism,” Asian Studies Review, 45:2, pp. 306-324.
  • Ortmann, Stephan. 2021. “The Lee Family Saga and the 2020 General Election,” Kevin YL Tan and Terence Lee (eds). Voting in a Time of Change: Singapore’s 2020 General Election. Singapore: Ethos, pp. 185-206.
  • Ortmann, Stephan. 2021. “Environmental Movements in Vietnam under One-Party Rule,” Paul Jobin, Ming-sho Ho and Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao (eds.). Environmental Movements and Politics of the Asian Anthropocene. Singapore: ISEAS, pp. 252-283.
  • Ortmann, Stephan and Mark R. Thompson (eds). 2020. China's ‘Singapore Model’ and Authoritarian Learning. London: Routledge.
  • Lowe, John and Stephan Ortmann. 2020. "Unmasking nativism in Asia’s world city: graffiti and identity boundary un/making in Hong Kong," Continuum, 34:3, pp. 398-416.
  • Yang Kai and Stephan Ortmann. 2018. “From Sweden to Singapore: The Relevance of Foreign Models for China’s Rise,” China Quarterly, 236, pp. 946-967.
  • Thompson, Mark and Stephan Ortmann. 2018. “Mis-modeling Singapore: China’s Challenges in Learning from Singapore,” China Quarterly, 236, pp. 1014-1032.
  • Ortmann, Stephan. 2017. Environmental Governance in Vietnam: Institutional Reforms and Failures. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ortmann, Stephan. 2016. “Political Development in Hong Kong: The Failure of Democratization,” Asian International Studies Review, 17:2, pp. 199-219.
  • Ortmann, Stephan and Mark R. Thompson. 2016. “China and the 'Singapore model'”, Journal of Democracy, 27:1, pp. 39-48.
  • Ortmann, Stephan. 2015. “The Umbrella Movement and Hong Kong's Protracted Democratization Process,” Asian Affairs, 46:1, pp. 32-50.
  • Ortmann, Stephan. 2015. “Political Change and Civil Society Coalitions in Singapore,” Government and Opposition, 5:1, pp. 119-139.
  • Ortmann, Stephan. 2014. “The Significance of By-elections for Political Change in Singapore's Authoritarian Regime,” Asian Survey, 54:4, pp. 725–748.
  • Ortmann, Stephan and Mark R. Thompson. 2014. “China's obsession with Singapore: learning authoritarian modernity,” The Pacific Review, 27:3, pp. 433-455.
  • Ortmann, Stephan. 2012. “Hong Kong: Problems of Identity and Independence,” in: Meredith Weiss and Edward Aspinall (eds.). Student Activism in Asia: Between Protest and Powerlessness. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Ortmann, Stephan. 2011. “Singapore: Authoritarian but Newly Competitive,“ Journal of Democracy, 22:4, pp. 153-164.
  • Ortmann, Stephan. 2010. Politics and Change in Singapore and Hong Kong: Containing Contention. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Ortmann, Stephan. 2009. “Singapore: The Politics of Inventing National Identity,” in: Journal of Contemporary Southeast Asian Affairs, 4, pp. 23-46.