Thongchai Winichakul

Born and growing up in Bangkok, Thailand, I came to UW in 1991. I enjoy the opportunity to remain active in both the American and Thai academics.

Research Interests: Cultural and intellectual history of early modern and modern Southeast Asia (the nineteenth century to early twentieth century), especially the encounters between Southeast Asian societies and the West; history of Siam/Thailand, especially of various knowledge, ideas and thinkers, and the modern Thai cultural politics from the late nineteenth century to the present; nationalism; geography, mapping, dangerous history, memory and how societies deal with such troubling past.


  • PhD - University of Sydney
  • MA - University of Sydney
  • BA - Thammasat University (Thailand) 


Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-body of a Nation. (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1994).  View Book Details

Selected Publications:

  • 2003 - “Writing at the Interstices: Southeast Asian Historians and Post-National Histories in Southeast Asia”, leading article in New Terrains in Southeast Asian History, ed. Abu Talib Ahmad and Tan Liok Ee, Athens: Ohio University Press, pp. 3-29.
  • 2002 - “Remembering/ Silencing the Traumatic Past: the Ambivalent Memories of the October 1976 Massacre in Bangkok" in Cultural Crisis and Social Memory: Modernity and Identity in Thailand and Laos, ed. Charles F Keyes and Shigeharu Tanabe, London and New York: Routledge/ Curzon, pp. 243-283.
  • 2000 - "The Others Within: Travel and Ethno-spatial Differentiation of Siamese Subjects, 1885-1910," lead article in Civility and Savagery: Social Identity in Tai States, ed. Andrew Turton, London: Curzon Press, pp. 38-62.
  • 2000 - “The Quest for ‘Siwilai’: A geographical discourse of Civilizational Thinking in the Late 19th and early 20th Century Siam”, Journal of Asian Studies 59, 3 (Aug 2000): 528-549.

Selected Awards:

  • 2004 - Grand Prize for the Asia Pacific Book Award from the Asian Affairs Research Council, Japan
  • 2003 - Elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, class of 2003
  • 1994/95 - The John Simon Guggenheim Award
  • 1995 - The Harry J. Benda Award, Association for Asian Studies, for the book Siam Mapped.

History Courses:

  • History 283 - Intermediate Honors Seminar - Topics: "Studies in History" 
  • History 438 - Buddhism and Society in Southeast Asian History - Syllabus 2008 (pdf)
  • History 457 - History of Southeat Asia to 1800 - Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
  • History 500 - Reading Seminar in History
  • History 600 - Orientalism: The Others in our Knowledge - Syllabus 2006 (pdf)
  • History 703 - Geography at Work in History - Syllabus 2008 (pdf)
  • History 753 - Seminar in Comparative World History
  • History 755 - State and Society in Pre-Colonial Southeast Asia - Syllabus 2005 (pdf)

Thongchai Winichakul

Emeritus Professor


Curriculum Vitae (pdf) 

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