Napakadol Kittisenee

Email: kittisenee@wisc.edu

Address:
Advisor: Anne Hansen

Napakadol Kittisenee headshot

Biography

I first subscribed to my Teochew Chinese immigrant identity from the periphery of Thai-Lao polities before acquiring academic uniforms of anthropologist and historian of Theravada Buddhism and mainland Southeast Asia. This background encompasses my primary attention towards border, migration, religion and ethnic identity. My extensive fieldwork experience at Buddhist sites in India and within Greater Mekong Subregion as well as a decade-long engagement with peace movements in post-genocidal Cambodia encourage me to reflect on Buddhist responses to atrocities created by human and non-human agents in different historical timelines. My broader interest also includes the predicament of spirituality in the face of contemporary uncertainties and global/cosmological disruption.

Education

M.A., Thammasat University
B.A., (with Honors) Silpakorn University

Field

  • Southeast Asian Histoy

M.A. Theses Title

  • “Pilgrimage and Voluntary Displacement in Cambodia after Year Zero” (2011, Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University)

Selected Publications

  • “Buddhist Meditation” in Buddhism: The Basics, Bloomsbury Religion in North America (BRINA), Gwendolyn Gillson ed., Bloomsbury, London. (March 2021)
  • “Macbeth in Chiang Mai: Staged Theatre in Theatre State,” The Canadian Council of Southeast Asian Studies’ Newsletter, Vol. 10 No.2 (Winter 2011).
  • Rethinking Conceptions of Borders in the Greater Mekong Subregion: An Interview with Chayan Vaddhanabhuti (RCSD). ASEAS – Österreichische Zeitschrift für Südostasienwissenschaften, 4(2), 314-324, 2011.

Selected Awards

  • Small Research Grant (2009-2010) Regional Centre for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University as a part of the “Program for Knowledge and Educational Enhance in the Mekong Region “Reconceptualising the Mekong” funded by Rockefeller Foundation
  • Travel Grant, Association of Southeast Asian Studies in United Kingdom (ASEASUK), September 2011
  • Travel Grant, Singapore Heritage Society, December 2011
  • Travel Grant, CAP Research School of the Asia & the Pacific, Australian National University, February 2012
  • Travel Grant, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, September 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • “Dhammayietra in the auspices of Samdech Preah Maha Ghosananda”

Courses Taught as Instructor

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID), Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • MSID4002 – Thailand: Country Analysis (Fall 2015-Spring 2019)
  • MSID4002 – Historical and Political Context of Thailand (Fall 2019-Spring 2020)
  • MSID4001 – International Development: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Practice, Education and Literacy Track (Spring 2018)
  • MSID4001 – International Development: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Practice, Social Services Track (Fall 2018)
  • MSID4001 – International Development: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Practice, Social Services Track (Spring 2019)
  • MSID4001 – International Development: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Practice, Education and Literacy Track (Fall 2019)

Junior Resident Research Fellow Program at Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Contemporary Cambodia (Summer 2019)