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Our goal is not to post partisan opinions or to push certain policies. Instead, we hope to publish three kinds of posts:

  • Our own original research on Thai politics. These may be published works or works in progress (such as conference papers).

  • Other original research about Thai politics. Political science scholars regularly conduct polls and other studies of Thai politics. Some of these studies make their way into academic journals, but many of these findings would be interesting to Thailand’s politicos. We hope to use this site to publicize them.

  • Research-based commentary on Thai politics. Frequently, we’ll read in the paper about how the best-financed candidate won more votes, or how 2010 was an anti-incumbent election year, or how the nuances of the legislative process may have made it harder for some bills to pass. As it happens, there are large research literatures within political science on many of these questions. We hope to occasionally share these insights to shed light on how politics works.

All posts will be written by social scientists (mostly from political science), either ourselves or guest contributors.



Joel Sawat Selway

Brigham Young University

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Joel Selway, Ph.D. 2009, University of Michigan, is Director of the Political and Economic Development Labs (PEDL) at Brigham Young University. His research interests focus on ethnicity and nationalism. He has written extensively on the design of democratic institutions to prevent conflict and enhance coordination over public goods provision. His current research tackles ethno-regionalism. He has conducted fieldwork in Thailand, Laos, India and Mauritius and speaks Thai, Lao, French, and Greek.


Selway is the author of Coalitions of the Wellbeing: How Electoral Rules and Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy in Developing Countries (Cambridge University Press 2015). He is working on a second book about ethno-regionalism in the North of Thailand (amongst the Lanna people).


Selway's publications have appeared in several of the top outlets in the discipline, including World Politics, Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Conflict Resolution. He has also published in area studies journals, such as the Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of East Asian Studies, and South East Asia Research.

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University of Michigan
Professor, Department of Political Science

Allen Hicken, Ph.D. 2002, University of California San Diego, is Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at the University of Michigan. He studies political institutions and political economy in developing countries. His primary focus has been on political parties and party systems in developing democracies and their role in policy making. Hicken has worked in Thailand, the Philippines, and Cambodia. He speaks Thai, Khmer, and a little Vietnamese.


Professor Hicken is the author of Building Party Systems in Developing Democracies, published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. Professor Hicken has also recently published an edited volume with Erik Kuhonta entitled Party and Party System Institutionalization in Asia, also with Cambridge University Press.


Hicken has published in several of the top outlets in the discipline, including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and Perspectives on Politics. He has also published in numerous area studies journals, such as Journal of East Asian Studies, Asian Survey, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, and Trans: National and Regional Studies of Southeast Asia.

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Jacob Ricks

Assistant Professor at 

Singapore Management University 

Emory Ph.D. 2013


Aim Sinpeng

Assistant Professor at the University of Sydney,

University of British Columbia Ph.D. 2014


Carly Madsen

MPA Romney School of Management & Boren Fellow in Thailand 2018 - 2019

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