PhD, SOAS (University of London), History
MA, SOAS, Southeast Asian Studies
BA, Grinnell College, Sociology and Biology
In the course of following the footsteps of my mother, I enrolled at a medical school in Rangoon in 1996. But soon after we were formally welcomed to the school, the college was shut down after a series of student demonstrations. Fate took me to the cornfields of Iowa, and I ended up studying at a small liberal arts college called Grinnell for four years. Then I went to London to do an MA and then a PhD. My research interests include women of Burma and Southeast Asia, print media and migration. I am also working on producing intermediate Burmese language materials in both book form and digital formats. For non-academic work, I volunteer at a small charity based in Burma (Myanmar), Link Emergency Aid & Development (LEAD).
Women of Modern Burma. London: Routledge, 2014.
"Understanding the Languages of Pyidawtha and the Burmese Approach to Development," South East Asia Research 21.4 (2013), 639-654.
"Understanding prostitutes and prostitution in democratic Burma, 1942-1962: State jewels or victims of modernity?" South East Asia Research 19.3 (2011), 537-566.
"Black Territory to Land of Paradise: The Changing Political and Social Landscape of Mongla" in The Age of Asian Migration: Continuity, Diversity, and Susceptibility. Vol. 2. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (forthcoming 2015).
Journal Articles (non-peer reviewed)
Debate on “Southeast Asia – An Idea Whose Time Is Past?” Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Oceania 168.4 (2012), 508-510.
"Commercial Burmanization: two adverts by Burmah Oil Company in postcolonial Burma," IIAS Newsletter, Spring 2012, 34.
Book Reviews, Columns and Encyclopedia Entries
Review of Authority of Influence: Women and Power and Burmese History by Jessica Harriden in Southeast Asian Research Journal 22.2 (2014), 277-278.
Review of "Local and Transnational Institutions in the Formation of Chinese Migrant Communities in Colonial Burma" by Yi Li in Dissertation Reviews, May 2014.
Review of Local Traditions, Global Modernities: Dress, Identity and the Creation of Public Self-Images in Contemporary Urban Myanmar by Georg Noack in Aséanie 29 (2012).
Review of The Return of Galon King by Maitrii Aung-Thwin in Journal of the Economic and Social History 55 (2012), 183-186.
"Do Elections in Myanmar Signal Real Change?" The Morningside Post, Columbia/SIPA (2012).
Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopaedia in Volume 3: Cultural Sociology of East Asia; Part 3, 1900 to Present: "Burma (Myanmar)," 2012.
Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopaedia in Volume 3: Cultural Sociology of East Asia; Part 3, 1900 to Present: "Chinese Diaspora," 2012.
"Clinton’s Visit to Burma: A New Political Frontier," The Platform (2011).
Review of Journal Kyaw Ma Ma Lay, "Man Like Him," South East Asia Research 18.3 (2010).
"Burma is No Closer to Democracy," The Guardian 8 Nov 2010.
- Rabble-rousers of Burma: Women and Oil Strikers Movement of 1938
- Trajectory of Modernity through Cartoon and Commercial Advertisements in Burma, 1910s -1950s
- You Take the High Road, I’ll Take the Low Road: Factors Surrounding Migration between Burma-China and Burma-Thailand
- His Brain is Not Red Anymore: Intergenerational Ideological Differences among Chinese Communities in Burma
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