Over the last two decades, my personal and professional development has been shaped by a sense of urgency to contribute towards useful, informed debate about pressing issues of politics and society in Asia. Before coming to the ANU, I worked in Hong Kong with a regional organization aimed at protecting and promoting human rights. Earlier I convened a people’s tribunal on food scarcity and militarization in Myanmar, for a Thailand-based non-profit group. I also lived and worked in a refugee camp for a number of years. In March 2012, I submitted my PhD thesis on the politics of law and order in Myanmar to the Department of Political and Social Change.
My ongoing primary research interest is in the nexus between global and local discourses of the rule of law; sovereignty; authority; power; political order; ideology; postcolonialism in South and Southeast Asia; Myanmar (Burma); Thailand
Currently I hold an Australian Research Council grant to document where, when and how torture occurs in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand. Through this research, I aim to reinterpret the relationship between torture and the state, and ultimately, answer the question of whether torture can ever be eliminated, or merely suppressed. For the 2016-17 US academic year I am working on this project at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. For current bio and publication information, please visit my ANU Researchers page (link below).
Academics based at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University have won more than $835,000 for four projects in the latest Australian Research Council funding round.
A new study of Myanmar’s courts reveals the tensions between the rule of law and a focus on law and order