Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung

Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She has an MA in International Relations from Yale University and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ardeth’s areas of teaching and research interests include international relations, comparative politics (Third World politics, Southeast Asian politics and Myanmar politics), political economy, ethnic politics, and democracy and democratisation. She has written numerous books and articles on Myanmar’s economy and politics, including Behind the Teak Curtain: Authoritarianism, Agricultural Policies and Political Legitimacy in Burma/Myanmar (Columbia University Press, 2004). Her latest works on Myanmar include “The Politics of Everyday Life in Twenty-First Century Burma/Myanmar” (Journal of Asian Studies 70, 3 [Aug. 2011]); Beyond Armed Resistance: The Non-insurgent Members of Ethno-national Groups in Burma/Myanmar (East-West Center, 2011); and Struggle without Arms: The “Other” Karen in Burma and the Dilemmas of Ethnic Minorities (Lexington Books, 2012).