Bahruddin is a PhD candidate in the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) at The University of Melbourne and a lecturer at the Department of Social Development and Welfare, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Gadjah Mada University (UGM).

The General Elections Commission (KPU) has taken a bold step to prevent corruption convicts from participating in future elections. Bahruddin suggests that this approach could be augmented with a strategy to shame corrupt candidates and parties on the ballot paper.