Biography

My research interests include critical theory, theories of global capital, Cold War history, Marxism studies, international Maoism, transnational Asia, modern Chinese history, and modern Thai history. My work is on interpretations of Marxism in China and Thailand. I am interested in how each nation’s specific experience of global capital generated moments of similarity and divergence as well as limitations in their respective critiques.

Education

M.A. Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2014
M.A. Sociology, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, 2012
B.A. Sociology, Kennesaw State University, 2007

Field

  • East Asian History

MA Title

  • “Rethinking Capital in Development Studies: Bhumibol and Ubol Ratana Dams, The Birth of Hydropower in Thailand”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “National Liberation, Global Revolution: China, Thailand, and the Formation of Asian Marxism”

Selected Publication

  • “Doing a Dam Better? Understanding the World Bank’s Eco-Governmentality in Lao Hydropower Development” The Journal of Lao Studies, Special Issue 2015: 161-180.

Awards

  • NSEP Boren Fellowship (China), 2017
  • Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (nine months), 2016
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison Honored Instructor Award for Teaching in Sociology, 2016
  • Critical Language Scholarship (Chinese), 2015
  • Center for Southeast Asian Studies Summer Research Grant (Thailand), 2015
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Summer Fellowship (Lao), 2014
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Academic Year Fellowship (Thai), 2013
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Summer Fellowship (Thai), 2011
  • Cole-Franklin Scholarship, 2011
  • Graduate Award for Excellence in Teaching Sociology, 2011

Courses Taught as TA

  • Sociology 134 – Sociology of Race in America – Fall 2015 & Spring 2016
  • History 244 – Introduction to Southeast Asia – Fall 2014
  • Geography 360 – Quantitative Methods in Geographical Analysis Spring 2013 & Spring 2014

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • Sociology 120 – General Sociology (University of Tennessee – Knoxville) – Fall 2010, Fall 2011, & Spring 2012
  • Sociology – Introduction to Sociology (Madison Area Technical College) – Fall 2015
  • Sociology – Contemporary American Society (Madison Area Technical College) – Summer 2014
  • Sociology – Social Problems (Madison Area Technical College) – Spring 2014