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Matthew Walton
Matthew Walton

Matthew J Walton is an Assistant Professor in Comparative Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Prior to that, he was the inaugural Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford and was a co-founder of Tea Circle. His research focuses on religion and politics in Southeast Asia, particularly Buddhism in Myanmar and Burmese Buddhist political thought. He also writes on ethnicity, conflict, and Burmese politics more generally.


Courtney T. Wittekind

Courtney T. Wittekind is currently a PhD student in Social Anthropology at Harvard University. She completed a MPhil at the University of Oxford where she studied as a member of St Antony’s College and Rhodes Scholar. Her current research centers on questions of transition, place, and the unseen in Myanmar’s Shan State.


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Alice Dawkins

Alice Dawkins has written two honours theses intersecting with Myanmar studies; one on Chinese narratives of the Kuomintang incursion in the Shan states, and one on Myanmar’s young generation of political lawyers. She is a graduate of the Australian National University, where she co-founded a multimedia project about pan-Asia politics and culture.

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Andy Buschmann

Andy Buschmann is a graduate student at the Department of Politics and International Relations and St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Before coming to Oxford, he studied at Humboldt University Berlin, City University of Hong Kong, University College London and Technical University of Berlin. His research interests are i.a. democratization, protest and social movements with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific. The Myanmar Protest Event Dataset is one of his projects.

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Aung Khant

Aung Khant is from Yangon, Myanmar, and holds a Masters degree in Urban Studies at Sciences Po in Paris, France. He obtained his BA in Political Science and Asian Studies, also from Sciences Po Paris.



Elizabeth Rhoads
Elizabeth Rhoads

Elizabeth (Izzy) Rhoads is a PhD candidate and Dickson Poon Fellow at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College, London. Her thesis is entitled “Yangon: Urban Property in Transition”. She holds a MA in Human Rights Law from SOAS, and formerly was a Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia researching land conflict and inheritance practices in Bali. Her interests include property, citizenship, legal anthropology and legal history.

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Reshmi Banerjee

Reshmi Banerjee is a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences in New Delhi. She was previously an Academic Visitor in the Modern Burmese Studies Programme in St Antony’s College, University of Oxford and a research associate in SOAS, University of London. Reshmi is a political scientist with an M.Phil & Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Her interests include conflict over resources and identity, political economy of borders & Diasporas.



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Siew Han Yeo

Siew Han Yeo is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Toronto. Her background includes an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her research looks at the history of the Chinese diaspora in colonial Burma.


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Htet Thiha Zaw

Htet Thiha Zaw is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan. His research interests lie in quantitative analyses of state building, institutional choice, and distributive politics, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. His current research project explores the relationship between pre-colonial presence of hereditary chiefs and sub-national variations of inequality in Southern Myanmar. His personal website is https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/htzaw.

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Bobby Anderson

Bobby Anderson (gletkin@gmail.com) is a Myanmar-based Research Fellow at Chiang Mai University’s School of Public Policy. A specialist in political economy, fragility and conflict, he has managed stabilization, community-driven development, DDR, livelihoods, and other projects for USAID, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the World Bank, amongst others, in countries including Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and the former Yugoslavia. Bobby holds an MA from the University of Bradford Dept of Peace Studies and an MPA from the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; he was previously a Rotary Fellow at Chulalongkorn University and a Research Associate at SOAS.

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Thinn Thinn

Thinn Thinn is a graduate student in International Law and Human Rights at University for Peace. She got her B.A in Sociology and Legal Studies at Colby-Sawyer College. For her M.A, she would like to explore more about the refugee crises and internally displaced people in Myanmar.

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Shona Loong

Shona Loong is a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford. Her research uses qualitative methods to understand how development assistance is changing civil society’s role in governance dynamics in Karen State, across government-, mixed- and KNU-controlled areas. She holds an M.Soc.Sci in Geography from the National University of Singapore.

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