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Visiting Scholar, International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London

Ronan Lee is the author of “Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide: Identity, History and Hate Speech” and a Visiting Scholar at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Law and the International State Crime Initiative. His work focusses on Asian politics, genocide, hate speech and migration.

He was formerly a Queensland State Member of Parliament and served on the frontbench as a Parliamentary Secretary in portfolios including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Justice and Youth.

Ronan’s doctoral research involved conducting long-term field work in Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Thailand during 2014-2017 focussed on the identity, history, and politics of the Rohingya. This work aimed to amplify the voice of Rohingya participants and involved in-depth interviews with Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, in Yangon, in the Bangladesh camps, and among the Rohingya diaspora living further afield from Myanmar. Ronan won Deakin University's 2015 Neil Archbold Memorial Medal for his journal article "A Politician, Not an Icon: Aung San Suu Kyi's Silence on Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya" in the journal Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.


  • 2019–present
    Visiting scholar, International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London


  • 2019 
    Deakin University, PhD
  • 2013 
    Monash University, Master of International Relations
  • 2000 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2021
    Myanmar's Rohingya Genocide: Identity, History and Hate Speech, Bloomsbury I.B. Tauris
  • 2019
    'Heritage destruction in Myanmar’s Rakhine state: legal and illegal iconoclasm', International Journal of Heritage Studies
  • 2019
    'Myanmar's Citizenship Law as State Crime: A Case for the International Criminal Court', State Crime Journal
  • 2019
    'Extreme Speech in Myanmar: The Role of State Media in the Rohingya Forced Migration Crisis', International Journal of Communication
  • 2016
    'The Dark Side of Liberalization: How Myanmar's Political and Media Freedoms Are Being Used to Limit Muslim Rights', Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
  • 2016
    'Pathway to peaceful resolution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State', Forced Migration Review
  • 2014
    ‘A Politician, Not an Icon: Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya’, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations