Sophie Lemière

Political Anthropologist, Researcher, Consultant and Social Entrepreneur.

Sophie Lemière’s research focuses mainly on Malaysia and Southeast Asia since 2006. She has also conducted extensive research in post-revolutionary Tunisia and the Caribbean region. She obtained her Master’s and PhD from Sciences-Po Paris and has received fellowships and grants from prestigious research institutions in Europe, Asia and the US. As of 2021, Sophie is permanently based in Malaysia where she has launched World Wonderers a global non-profit social enterprise for the political empowerment of minorities and SoCo a political consulting firm offering services to private and public entities. She is currently an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research and International Studies (CSIS-Washington DC), a Senior Fellow at The Steven J.Green School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)-Florida International University (Miami-USA), an Associate Researcher at Collège de France, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (Paris-France) and at The History Workshop at the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg-RSA) in Washington DC.


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Featured Works

A Tumultuous Year in Malaysian Politicking

Malaysia’s intricate political games have intensified since 2018, and the tectonic politics have shifted back and forth. The democratic transition many had hoped for with the end of 61 years of single-party rule did not materialize. The unexpected resignation of...

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Spotlight – Malaysia: December 7, 2022

  Malaysia has seen a long series of political surprises since the GE15 polling day on November 19. The political fatigue that many Malaysians (and observers) suffered in the run-up to the election did not translate into abstention, with over 70 percent voter...

Anwar’s Cabinet, another ‘scam’?

For his government to survive, Umno needs to pacify the hearts and souls of the Malays, 'mission impossible' in a context where PN leaders have openly declared themselves as the government-in-waiting. "Kabinet Anwar: the whole country kena scam", I read on Facebook...

In Malaysia, a Political Stalwart Bows Out

Standing on a podium, in front of the tower erected in his name, Mahathir is giving what will end up being the last campaign speech of his career. Tun Mahathir Mohamad, nicknamed Tun M or Dr. M, is the poster boy for the Malay conservative party Pejuang, which he...

Spotlight – Malaysia: November 22, 2022

  Seventy-four percent of Malaysia’s registered voters went to the polls on Saturday. Since 2018, Malaysia has seen no less than four governments, and many observers expected to see the return of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition to power. However, BN scored...