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Ardeth Thaunghmung


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

  • Fulbright Public Policy Fellow 2020-2021 (2021), Service, Professional - Fullbright
  • Research Grant (2014), Scholarship/Research - United Institute of Peace
  • Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program (2011) - Fullbright
  • Teaching Excellence award (2011), Teaching - Political Science Department, University of Massachusetts
  • Visiting Research Fellow (2007) - East-West Center, Washington, D.C. and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow (2006) - Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Visiting Henry Luce Fellow (2002) - Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the Australian National University
  • Open Society Institutes Supplementary Grants (1998)
  • Prospect Burma Scholarship (1997)
  • Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies and Yale International Relations Research Grant (1996)

Selected Publications

  • Whitten-Woodring, J.M., Kleinberg, M., Thawnghmung, A., Thitsar, M.T. (2020). Poison If You Don’t Know How to Use It: Facebook, Democracy, and Human Rights in Myanmar . International Journal of Press/Politics
  • Thawnghmung, A., Fasolo, V. (2020). “Migration and Intercommunal Relationships: Interdisciplinary and Inter-regional Dialogue". Migration Studies.
  • Thawnghmung, A., Htoo, E. (). The Fractured Center: "Two-headed Government” and Threats to the Peace Process in Myanmar”. Modern Asian Studies.
  • Keyd, H. (DIIS, Denmark), Thawnghmung, A. (University of Massachusetts Lowell) (). The Significance of EveryDay Access to Justice in Myanmar’s Transition to Democracy (Trends in Southeast Asia # 9,). ISEAS, Yusof Ishak Institute, 2019. ISSN 0219-3213
  • Thawnghmung , A. (University of Massachusetts Lowell ), Funari, M. (University of Massachusetts Lowell ) (2019). “Ethnic Armed groups in Myanmar” .
  • Thawnghmung, A.M. (2019). The Everyday Economic Survival in Contemporary Myanmar. University of Wisconsin Press
  • Thawnghmung , A. (University of Massachusetts Lowell ) (2018). Rural Myanmar (pp. 72-83). Routledge New Contemporary Country Handbook, Routledge
  • Bertrand, J. (University of Toronto), Pelletier, A. (University of Toronto), Thawnghmung, A. (University of Massachusetts Lowell ) (). First Movers, Democratization and Unilateral Concessions: Overcoming Commitment Problems and Negotiating a “Nationwide Cease-Fire” in Myanmar. Asian Security.
  • 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 ) 379-395..
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2017). Do Consultancies Compromise Academic Research and Ethics? A Case Study of Burma/Myanmar. Asian Journal of Political Science, 1-18..
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2016). The Politics of Indigeneity in Myanmar. Asian Ethnicity, 17(4) 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) 132-142.
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2014). Contending Approaches to Communal Violence in Rakhine State (pp. 323-338). NIAS Press
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2014). From the "loyal" to the revolutionary "Karen": Looking at Burma’s post-revolutionary eras (pp. 238-256). Oxford University Press
  • 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) 421–425.
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2011). Beyond Armed Resistance: Ethnonational Politics in Burma (Myanmar). Policy Studies (15471349), (62) 1-67.
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2011). The Politics of Everyday Life in Twenty-First Century Myanmar. The Journal of Asian Studies, (3) 641.
  • Thawnghmung, A., Maung, A.M. (2008). MYAN MAR IN 2007: A Turning Point in the "Roadmap"? Asian Survey, 48(1) 13-19.
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2008). Myanmar: Responding to Strategies and Programming of Myanmar's Military Regime (pp. 274-290). Southeast Asian Affairs 2008
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2008). Responding to Strategies and Programmes of Myanmar's Military Regime. Southeast Asian Affairs, 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) 194-199.
  • Thawnghmung, A., Sarno, P. (2006). Myanmar Impasses: Alternatives to Isolation and Engagement? Asian Journal of Political Science, 14(1) 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) 39-40.
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2003). Preconditions and Prospects for Democratic Transition in Burma/Myanmar. Asian Survey, (3) 443.
  • Thawnghmung, A. (2003). Rural Perceptions of State Legitimacy in Burma/Myanmar. Journal of Peasant Studies, 30(2) 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) 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