Maitrii Aung-Thwin is Associate Professor of Myanmar/Southeast Asian History and Coordinator of the Comparative Asian Studies PhD Program. He has written on social movements, law, colonialism, nation-building, and intellectual history.
Aung-Thwin’s research has been concerned with the histories of domination, resistance, and identity in Southeast Asia during the late colonial age. He has pursued these interests through studies on intellectual communities, historiography, and the production of knowledge. His first monograph, The Return of the Galon King: History, Law, and Rebellion (2011) examined colonialism’s role in the historical construction of resistance in British Burma.
His approach to studying the region has been influenced by scholarship on transnationalism, colonialism, ethno-history, socio-legal studies, oral history, and public history. These conversations have deepened his interest in the development of legal, business, and religious networks in South and Southeast Asia.
Most of his research is situated in the specific context of colonial and postcolonial Myanmar. He is co-author of the recent A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times (2012) and A New History of Southeast Asia (2010).