Tyrell Haberkorn

Visiting Fellow


BA (N.Carolina), MA, PhD (Cornell)

Contact details
+61 2 6125 3303
Room: 4.33
Building: Hedley Bull Building

Biographical statement

Tyrell Haberkorn first traveled to Thailand in 1997 as an undergraduate student interested in international labor solidarity. Since then, her academic and human rights work has been focused on understanding and working against the recent past and present of state and para-state violence in Southeast Asia. She is currently completing a book manuscript about farmers’ tenancy struggles between 1951 and 1976 in Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces entitled Revolution Interrupted: farmers, law, and violence in northern Thailand. Tyrell Haberkorn received her BA in Cultural Studies and Creative Writing from UNC-Chapel Hill (1999) and her MA (2003) and PhD (2007) in Sociocultural Anthropology from Cornell University. Before coming to the ANU, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University from 2007 to 2009.

Research interests

Violence, Human Rights, Sovereignty, Arbitrary Detention, Land Rights, Agrarian Struggle, Historiographies of Repression, Gender Studies, Socialism, Southeast Asia (Thailand)

Key publications

•’Getting Away with Murder in Thailand: State Violence and Impunity in Phatthalung’, in N Ganesan and Sung Chull Kim (ed.), State violence in East Asia, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA, 2013, pp. 185-207.

•’An uneasy Engagement: Political Crisis and Human Rights Culture in Thailand, 1958 to 1988’, in Coeli Barry (ed.), Rights to culture: Heritage, language, and community in Thailand, Silkworm Books, Thailand, 2013, pp. 115-134.

•’Truth and Justice When Fear and Repression Remain’, in Michael J. Montesano, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Aekapol Chongvilaivan (ed.), Bangkok May 2010: Perspectives On A Divided Thailand, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, 2012, pp. 42-54.

•Revolution Interrupted: Farmers, Students, Law, and Violence in Northern Thailand. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2011.

•An Unfinished Past: The 1974 Land Rent Control Act and Assassination in Northern Thailand.” Critical Asian Studies 41.1 (March 2009): 3-35.

•Notes Toward Marginal, Unrealized and Incomplete Thai Histories: A Response to Craig Reynolds.” Stance: The Thai Feminist Review 2 (November 2008).

•At the Limits of Imagination: Ajarn Angun Malik and the Meanings of Politics.” Stance: The Thai Feminist Review 1 (August 2007): 165-199.

Career highlights

U.S. Fulbright fellowship, Women’s Studies, Thailand (1999-2000); U.S. Fulbright-Hays fellowship, Thailand (2003-2004); Lauriston Sharp Prize, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University (2007)

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun salutes as he leaves the monument of King Rama I after signing a new constitution in Bangkok, Thailand April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Files

Thailand’s constitutional dispossession

On 6 April 2017, Thailand’s 20th constitution came into force, replacing a temporary constitution that was handed down in the wake of the country’s most recent coup almost three years earlier.

Source: AP

A professor detained for his thoughts

Article originally written by Yukti Mukdawijitra.

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