DISTINGUISHED THAI ACADEMIC

Charnvit Kasetsiri

Recognition and Publication

  • Fukuoka Prize Academic Prize 2012

  • 2014 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies

Charnvit Kasetsiri was born May 6, 1941) is a Thai historian. He studied diplomacy and history at the Thammasat University, Bangkok from 1960–1963 and graduated with Honours and the King Bhumibol Prize with a B.A. in Diplomacy. He then pursued a master's degree at the Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, USA. Charnvit Kasetsiri obtained his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History from Cornell University in 1972, under the supervision of O. W. Wolters and David K. Wyatt. He held a Rockefeller Scholarship in 1965-1970 during his studies in the United States.

Charnvit has had a productive academic career and was the Rector of Thammasat University (1994–95) prior to his retirement. He began his academic service with the university as a lecturer in the History Department in 1973. He was appointed Head of Department in 1981-83. Subsequently, he was also appointed as the Deputy Director of Thai Khadi Institute, Thammasat University (1982–85) and the Vice-President of Thammasat University (1983–88). He continued lecturing in the History Department following his appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University. He continues to teach at the History Department after retirement in 2001. From 2000-2003 he was appointed Director of the 5 Area Study Project, sponsored by the Thailand Research Fund. Currently, he also holds the post of Secretary of the Social Sciences and Humanity Textbook Foundation, Thailand. Among the overseas appointments he has held during his academic career were as Visiting Fellow, at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan (1977–78); Visiting Lecturer (Southeast Asian History) at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, U.S.A. (1978–79); Visiting Lecturer (Thailand History), University of Hawaii, U.S.A. (1996); Visiting Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (1998); and Visiting Lecturer, Asian Studies, University of Hawaii in 2004

Pasuk Phongpaichit & Chris Baker

Recognition and Publication

  • Fukuoka Prize Grand Prize 2018

Chris Baker formerly taught Asian history in Cambridge University and has lived in Thailand for over thirty years.

Pasuk Phongpaichit is professor of economics at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Together they have written A History of Thailand, Thailand: Economy and Politics, Thaksin, and published several translations. In 2010 they won the A. L. Becker Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Prize for their translation of Khun Chang Khun Phaen

Nidhi Eoseewong

Recognition and Publication

  • Fukuoka Prize Academic Prize 1999

  • Outstanding Research Award from the National Research Council of Thailand Siburapha Award

Nidhi Eoseewong was born on May 8, 1940, to an ethnic Chinese family in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He studied at Assumption College Sriracha in Chon Buri and went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Upon graduation, he accepted a position teaching history at Chiang Mai University, where he would go on to spend the majority of his professional career. He took temporary leave to continue his studies, completing a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1976. He retired in 2000 but has remained active in the academic community. He is an important contributor to the website Midnight University and continues to publish and make appearances regularly.

Thongchai Winichakul

Recognition and Publication

  • The John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1994

  • The Harry J. Benda Award, AAS for the book Siam Mapped, 1995

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, class of 2003

  • Grand Prize for the Asia Pacific Book Award, the Asian Affairs Research Council, Japan, for the Japanese translation of Siam Mapped by Professor Yoneo Ishii, 2004

  • President of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), 2013/2014

Thongchai Winichakul is professor emeritus of Southeast Asian history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is currently a chief senior researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies. He is of Sino Thai descent. Thongchai has had a major impact on the concept of Thai nationalism. His best-known academic work is his book, Siam Mapped, which critiqued existing theories of Thai historiography. In its Japanese translation, the book won the Grand Prize of the 16th Asian Pacific Awards from the Asian Affairs Research Council. Thongchai was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. He was the President for the Association for Asian Studies in 2013.

Thak Chaloemtiarana

Recognition and Publication

  • Ohira Prize (Japan) 1985

Professor Thak Chaloemtiarana retired from the Department of Asian Studies, and as Director of the Southeast Asia Program in 2010. He retains appointments in the Graduate School in the fields of Asian Literature, Religion and Culture, and Asian Studies. He continues to serve on graduate student committees and teaches the Thailand country seminar with Professor Tamara Loos.

Although trained as a political scientist, he has also added the study of modern Thai literature to his teaching and writing. Before returning to Cornell in 1981, he was associate professor of political science at Thammasat University and briefly served as the Deputy Spokesman of the Thai government. At Cornell, Professor Chaloemtiarana was associate dean and director of admissions for the College of Arts and Sciences from 1985 to 1998. 

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