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Ardeth Maung Thawngh


Ardeth Thawnghmung is the Chair and Professor in the Department of Political Science at UMass Lowell.
Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung, Ph.D.Chair of Political Science, Professor  
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    Political Science
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4238
  • Office
    Dugan Hall - 2nd Floor
  • Email

Research Interests

Southeast Asia; Comparative Political Economy; Ethnic Politics; Qualitative Research Methods.

Education

  • Ph D: Political Science, (2001), University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI.
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: _Paddy Farmers and the State: Agricultural Policies and Political Legitimacy in Rural Myanmar (Burma).î
  • MA: International Relations, (1995), Yale University - New Haven, CT
  • BA: Political Science, (1993), Indiana University - Fort Wayne - Fort Wayne, IN

Selected Awards and Honors

  • _ Horald Moran Scholarship - Indiana University, Fort Wayne, IN
  • _ Open Society Institutes Supplementary Grants
  • _ Prospect Burma Scholarship
  • _ Summer Research Grant - Provost office, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA.
  • _ Visiting Henry Luce Fellow - Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the Australian National University
  • _ Visiting Senior Research Fellow - Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
  • _ Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies and Yale International Relations Research Grant
  • Visiting Research Fellow - East-West Center, Washington, D.C. and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.
  • Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program (2011) - Fullbright
  • Teaching Excellence award (2011), Teaching - Political Science Department, University of Massachusetts
  • Nominated for the Teacher Award of Arts (2009), Teaching - Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Nominated for the Teacher Award of Arts (2008), Teaching - Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Teacher Award of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (2006), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Teaching Excellence award (2005), Teaching - Political Science Department, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Prospect Burma Scholarship (1997), Scholarship/Research - Prospect Burma
  • Horald Moran Scholarship (1993), Scholarship/Research - Indiana University

Selected Publications

  • Thawnghmung, A., Robinson, G., (2017) Myanmar’s New Era: A Break from the Past, or Too much of the Same?
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2017) "Signs of life in Myanmar’s nationwide ceasefire agreement? Finding a way forward,”", Critical Asian Studies Vol. 49: 3 pp. 379-395.
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2017) "Do Consultancies Compromise Academic Research and Ethics? A Case Study of Burma/Myanmar", Asian Journal of Political Science pp. 1-18.
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2016) "The Politics of Indigeneity in Myanmar", Asian Ethnicity 17:4 pp. 527 - 547
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2016) Special Issue on Poverty 1:1
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2016) "The Myanmar Elections 2015: Why the National League for Democracy Won a Landslide Victory", Critical Asian Studies 48:1 pp. 132-142
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2014) "Contending Approaches to Communal Violence in Rakhine State", NIAS Press pp. 323-338
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2014) "From the "loyal" to the revolutionary "Karen": Looking at Burma’s post-revolutionary eras", Oxford University Press pp. 238-256
  • Thawnghmung, A., Renard, R.D. (2012) "The" Other" Karen in Myanmar: Ethnic Minorities and the Struggle without Arms ; Lanham: Lexington Books, 2012, xxxii+ 197p.", Southeast Asian Studies 2:2 pp. 421–425
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2011) "Beyond Armed Resistance: Ethnonational Politics in Burma (Myanmar)", Policy Studies (15471349) 62 pp. 1-67
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2011) "The Politics of Everyday Life in Twenty-First Century Myanmar", The Journal of Asian Studies 3 pp. 641
  • Thawnghmung, A., Maung, A.M. (2008) "MYAN MAR IN 2007: A Turning Point in the "Roadmap"?", Asian Survey 48:1 pp. 13-19
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2008) "Myanmar: Responding to Strategies and Programming of Myanmar's Military Regime", Southeast Asian Affairs 2008 pp. 274-290
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2008) "Responding to Strategies and Programmes of Myanmar's Military Regime", Southeast Asian Affairs pp. 274-290
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2008) The Karen Revolution in Burma : Diverse Voices, Uncertain Ends
  • Thawnghmung, A., Myoe, M.A. (2007) "MYAN MAR IN 2006 Another Year of Housekeeping?", Asian Survey 47:1 pp. 194-199
  • Thawnghmung, A., Sarno, P. (2006) "Myanmar Impasses: Alternatives to Isolation and Engagement?", Asian Journal of Political Science 14:1 pp. 40-63
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2004) Behind the Teak Curtain : Authoritarianism, Agricultural Policies and Political Legitimacy in Rural Burma, Myanmar
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2003) "Burma: A Gentler Authoritarianism?", Foreign Policy 139 pp. 39-40
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2003) "Preconditions and Prospects for Democratic Transition in Burma/Myanmar", Asian Survey 3 pp. 443
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2003) "Rural Perceptions of State Legitimacy in Burma/Myanmar", Journal of Peasant Studies 30:2 pp. 1-40
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2003) "The Socio-Economic Impacts of Rice Policies Implementation in Rural Burma/Myanmar", SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 18:2 pp. 299-321

Selected Presentations

  • Elections, State Coercive Capacity and Violence in Burma/Myanmar and Colombia - APSA Meeting, 2014 - Washington D.C.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Summer Research Grant (2005), Grant - Provost office, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • UML-SayDaNar Burmese Digital Archive (2016), Grant - Chancellor’s 2020 Challenge Grant
    Kim, S.J. (Principal), Aung, J. (Co-Principal), Thawnghmung, A., Ali, M., Thomson Tripathy, S.
  • The Politics of Everyday in Burma/Myanmar (2010), Grant -
    Thawnghmung, A. (Principal)
  • 2010-2011 Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program (2010), Sponsored Research -
  • Visiting Research Fellow (2007), Fellowship - East-West Center, Washington, D.C. and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow (2006), Fellowship - Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Visiting Henry Luce Fellow (2002), Fellowship - Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the Australian National University
  • Open Society Institutes Supplementary Grants (1995), Grant -
  • Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies and Yale International Relations Research Grant (1994), Grant -
  • Horald Moran Scholarship (1993), Grant - Indiana University