Associate Professor

I specialize on (rural) Thai politics and society. I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies in 2005-06. After spending almost nine years elsewhere, first in the Department of Political and Social Change at Australian National University and then in the Department of Political Science, NUS, I am now happily back in a multi-disciplinary area studies department where everyone shares passion for Southeast Asia. My first book on Banharn Silpa-archa, Thailand’s former prime minister nicknamed “Mr. ATM,” has come out with the Cornell University Southeast Asia Studies series. My papers on various aspects of rural Thai politics, ranging from road construction and ceremonies to female leadership and social movements, have appeared in Journal of Asian Studies, Modern Asian Studies, and elsewhere. My pastime is sake, sushi, and Messi.