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Thak Chaloemtiarana

Professor, Retired
Southeast Asian and Thai Studies

209 Kahin Center
640 Stewart Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-1836, ext. 25

Biographical Note

Education: PhD in Government (1974), MA in Government (1971), Cornell University; MA in Diplomacy and World Affairs (1968), Occidental College;. BS in Foreign Service, cum laude (1965), University of the Philippines.

Work History: Associate Professor of Political Science, Thammasat University (1974-1980); Deputy Spokesman of the Royal Thai Government (1980); Associate Dean and Director of Admissions, College of Arts and Sciences,Cornell University (1985-1998); Director of the Cornell Southeast Asia Program (1998-2010).

I teach the undergraduate introductory course on Southeast Asia, the graduate Southeast Asia Field Seminar, the Reading Seminar on modern Thai literature, and the graduate seminar on Contemporary Thailand. My current research interests include authoritarianism and democratization in post-1932 Thai politics, the role of the turn of the 20th century Thai novels in the construction of identity, strategies to deal with colonialism and modernity, and of gender ideal types.

My hobbies include fly-fishing, playing and collecting vintage Fender and Gibson guitars. I am an active member of the Sports Car Club of America, and the Porsche Club of America, serving as President of its Central New York Chapter from 2000-2004.

Curriculum Vitae


Thailand: The Politics of Despotic Paternalism, revised edition with new introduction, postscript, pictures, index,(Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications 2007; co-published in Thailand by Silkworm Press, 2008). This book was awarded the first Ohira Prize (Japan) in 1985 and translated into Japanese by Professor Tamada of Kyoto University in 1989.

Kanmuang Rabob Phokhun Uppatham Baeb Phadetkan, (Bangkok: Thai Textbook Foundation for the Social Sciences and Humanities, 2005), edited by Thamrongsak Petchlertanan. This book was chosen as one of three texts published to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the 1932 Revolution that overthrew Thai absolute monarchy. The first edition was published in 1983.


"Khru Liam's Khwam Mai Phayabat(1915) and the Problematics of Thai Modernity", Southeast Asia Research Journal, Volume 17, no.3 (November 2009),pp. 457-488.

"Tah Khanob Wannakam Thai: khwam samkhan khong nawaniyay plae, nawaniyay tonchabab, lae nawaniyay lian baeb-kansuksa tham hai pen phasa thongthin, khwam pen khong thae, kham pen lukphasom, kan lian baeb, lae sathana thawiwatthanatham," Ratthasatsan Journal, Special Anniversary Issue, volume 2 (December 2009) , pp 1-52.

"Making New Space in the Thai Literary Canon," Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Volume 40(February 2009),pp. 87-110.

"Nang Neramid: Thepthida Egypt Ruang Phet lae Khwam Phoefan khong Phuchai Nai Nawaniyai Thai Yuk Raek" Ratthasatsan Journal,Volume 29, no.1, (January-April 2008), pp. 1-37.

"Khwam Mai Phayabat Khong Khru Liam lae Khwam Than Samai Khong Thai Thi Pen Panha",Rathasatsan Journal,Volume 28, no. 2, April 2007, pp. 63-112.

"Khru Liam's Nang Neramid:Siamese Fantasy, Rider Haggard'sShe,and the Divine Egyptian Nymph," Southeast Asia Research Journal,Volume 15, no. 1 (March 2007),pp. 29-52.

"Distinctions with a Difference: The Despotic Paternalism of Sarit Thanarat and the Demagogic Authoritarianism of Thaksin Shinawatra," Crossroads, 19:1 (2007), pp. 50-94.

"Prospects for Southeast Asian Studies," Asia Pacific Forum, 28 (June 2005), pp. 287-306.

"Move over Madonna: Luang Wichit Wathakan's Huang Rak Haew Luk," in James Siegel and Audrey Kahin, ed., Southeast Asia Across Three Generations (Ithaca: SEAP publications, 2003).

Post-script:: "Rizal, Bonifacio, Aguinaldo: Khrai Khu Wirachon Khong Filipin" in Suchart Sawatsi, ed.,Wirachon Asia,(Bangkok:5 Area Studies Project, 2002), pp 149-175.

"Towards a more inclusive national narrative: Thai history and the Chinese, Isan and the nation state" in Luem khotngao Kaw Phao Phaenadin, Kanjanee Laongsi and Thanet Apornsuwan, eds., (Bangkok: Matichon Press, 2001) pp. 64-110.

Book Reviews

Bruce Missingham, Assembly of the Poor in Thailand: From Local Struggles to National Protest Movement (Silkworm 2003), in Journal of Asian Studies, August, 2005, pp. 800-802.

Michael Montesano and Patrick Jory, Thai South and Malay North: Ethnic interactions in a plural peninsula(Singapore: NUS Press, 2008), in Journal of the Siam Society, 97, 2009.

  • Asian 2208: Introduction to Southeast Asia
  • Southeast Asia Program
  • Updated 07/02/2012