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Thomas F. Rhoden



Ph.D. Candidate, MBA

 

(updated 8 February 2017)

 

EDUCATION

PhD Political Science, Northern Illinois University

2017; Dissertation Title: “Neither Refugee Nor Migrant: Comparative-Historical Analysis of Burmese Migrants in Thailand”; Major Field: Comparative Politics; Minor Field: Political Theory; Certificate: Southeast Asian Studies.

MBA Global Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management

2009; Thesis Title: “Social Entrepreneurship in Refugee Camps”; Major Field: Global Management.

BA Management, Webster University Thailand

2003; Departmental Honors.

 

PEER-REVIEWED

JOURNAL ARTICLES

2016. “Yangon’s Stock Exchange in Comparative Analysis.Journal of Burma Studies 20(1): 199-227. doi: 10.1353/jbs.2016.0000.

2015. “The Liberal in Liberal Democracy.Democratization 22(3): 560-578. doi:10.1080/13510347.2013.851672.

2015. “Oligarchy in Thailand?Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs 34(1): 3-25.

2015. “No Burmese Returning: Economics across the Myanmar-Thailand Border.International Journal of East Asian Studies 19(2): 51-70. (with D. Unger).

 

BOOKS

2016. Karen Language Phrasebook: Basics of Sgaw Dialect. Bangkok, Thailand: White Lotus Press. ISBN-13: 978-9748495996.

2015. Texaners: Eight Short Stories. Dallas, TX: Étoile Solitaire Press. ISBN-13: 978-0692512746.

2014. Yangon and Shwedagon Pagoda. Durham, NC: Other Places Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1935850168.

2011. Burmese Refugees: Letters from the Thai-Burma Border. Chicago, IL: Digital Lycanthrope Press. ISBN-13: 978-0615471075. (with T. L. S. Rhoden).

2007. Community Enterprise Committee: Thai-English, English-Thai Dictionary. Bangkok, Thailand: Peace Corps Thailand.

 

MEDIA-NEWS

ARTICLES

2016. Death of a Monarch or an Oligarch? New Mandala (October 17).

2016. Migrant Labor Activists Plan for the 2020 Election in Myanmar.The Diplomat (August 6).

2016. Who Would Voters with No Votes Vote for? New Mandala (July 21).

2016. L'Histoire des Migrations Birmanes en Thailande Contredit l'Analyse Actuelle.Alter Asia (April 30, trans. É. Disdet)

2016. Millennia-Long Histories and Burmese Migrations into Thailand.New Mandala (April 13).

2015. “Being a Boren: No Word for ‘Police’ in Karen.The Mandala: Newsletter of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at NIU (Spring/Summer).

2015. “Myanmar Needs to Forgive Tax Dodgers.New Mandala (June 25).

2015. “Myanmar’s Military Still Hold the Purse Strings.Asia Sentinel (January 5).

 2014. “Atheism in Myanmar: The Case of Census Question #7.” Indo-Pacific Review (May 7).

2013. “Thailand’s Oligarchs Are Fighting.New Mandala (December 11).


REVIEWS

2017. “Caretaking Democratization: The Military and Political Change in Myanmar by Renaud Egreteau.Oxford Tea Circle (February 6).

2017. Trivialities About Me and Myself by Yeng Pway Ngon. Asian Review of Books (January 30).

2016. “He Runs The Moon: Tales from the Cities by Wendy Brandmark.Sabotage Reviews (October 15).

2016. Politics in the Moral Universe: Burmese Buddhist Political Thought, by Matthew J. Walton. Dissertation Reviews (March 29).

2016. Unequal Thailand: Aspects of Income, Wealth and Power edited by Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker. New Mandala (January 12).

2015. “The Labor of Longing: A Novella by Noël Valis.Sabotage Reviews (October 22).

 

DATASETS

2015. “Dataset of Burmese Migration-Concept Crossover in Thailand.ResearchGate (November 25). doi:10.13140/RG.2.1.3285.6409.

 

ACADEMIC

CONFERENCE

PRESENTATIONS

2017. “Political Conflict and Party Choice of the Burmese Diaspora.”  Political Science Student Conference. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, USA (February 10).

2016. “Burmese Laborers vs Refugees: False Narratives on the Thailand-Myanmar Border.” International Burma Studies Conference. DeKalb, IL, USA (October 7).

2015. “Yangon’s New Stock Exchange in Comparative Analysis.International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies. Chiang Mai, Thailand (July 25).

2014. “Oligarchy in Thailand.12th International Conference on Thai Studies. Sydney, Australia (April 24).

2014. “Extending the Theory of Oligarchy to Thailand.” Southeast Asian Studies Student Conference. Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA (April 5).

2013. “Political or Economic Migrants to Thailand?Council on Thai Studies. DeKalb, IL, USA (October 19).

2012. “Burmese Refugee Repatriation in Comparative Analysis.International Burma Studies Conference. DeKalb, IL, USA (October 6).

 

GUEST LECTURES

& TALKS

2016. A Decade in Southeast Asia.” Southeast Asia: Crossroads of the World. Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA (November 15).

2016. “Voting Patterns of Burmese Diaspora in Thailand.” Research Showcase. Department of Political Science Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA (November 11).

2016. Burmese Diaspora in Thailand: Refuge and Labor.” Fall Lecture Series. Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA (November 11).

2016. “Burmese Absentee Suffrage: Is Tak a Burmese Province in Thailand?” Empowering Network of Thai Studies. Center for Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (July 22).  

2016. “Black Markets and Casinos on the Thailand-Myanmar Border.” Spring Study Tour, Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs, Myawaddy, Myanmar (April 3).

2015. “Social Enterprise in Action. Fall Study Tour, Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs, Mae Sot, Thailand (October 12). 

2015. “Sex Workers' Rights in Thailand.” Empower Bar, Chiang Mai, Thailand (with H. Hoefinger, July 5).

2014. “Asian Oligarchy and Political Carnival: Test Case Thailand.” Spring Lecture Series. Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA (April 18).

2014. “Contemporary Issues: What We Study about Burma/Myanmar and Why.” Teaching Southeast Asia to Undergraduates: Burma/Myanmar. Northern Illinois University, Naperville, IL, USA (with K. Chludzinski, and Nay Yan Oo, March 22).

2014. “Migration into Thailand: KMT, Lao, Viet, Khmer, and Burmese.Political Science Brown-Bag Lecture. Department of Political Science, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA (March 19).

2014. “Human Security in Myanmar and Border Areas.” International Economic Development Program (IDEP) Myanmar-Burma Symposium. Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA (February 1).

2014 “Thailand and Myanmar: History, Politics, and Tourism.” Northwestern Law School, Chicago, IL, USA (with C. Raymond, January 22).

2013. “On India: A Contemporary Discussion.” Sharjah International Book Fair. Sharjah, UAE (with J. Elliott, A. Kumar, and K. Desai, November 11).

2013. “Globalization: The Background and Confrontation.”. Sharjah International Book Fair. Sharjah, UAE (with S. Dabbagh, Y. Li, and R. Gassan, November 10).

2013. Burma Today: The Challenges of Democracy. Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, USA (with C. Raymond, T. Than, and N. Loring, February 8).

2013. “The Blade and the Brahman: Deciphering a dha Sword from Burma.” Spring Lecture Series. Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA (with N. Loring, January 25).

2013. “How Did Burmese Refugees Arrive in Rockford?” Centennial United Methodist Church, Rockford, IL, USA (with C. Raymond, January 24).

2012. “Voluntarism in Thailand: Getting Involved.” Themed Semester: Thailand. Institute of International Studies, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO, USA (October 12).

2012. “Thai Piracy on the High Seas and High-Tech Market.” Themed Semester: Thailand. Institute of International Studies, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO, USA (October 12).

2012. “Thai Language: Greetings and Script.” Themed Semester: Thailand. Institute of International Studies, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO, USA (October 12).

 

INTERVIEWS

& MEDIA MENTIONS

2016. This Week’s Lecture: Burmese Diaspora in Thailand.” Center for Southeast Asian Studies Weekly Bulletin (November 7): 2.

2016. “Myanmar's Stock Exchange: Open For Business And Soon To Foreign Investors.Forbes (by F. Potkin, June 5).

2015. “With Higher Wages Come Questions of Workers’ Productivity.VOA Khmer (by T. Sokreinith, November 5).

2015. “Review of Texaners.Pacific Book Reviews.

2015. “Fellowship Notes.The Mandala: Newsletter of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (Spring/Summer): 12-14.

2014. “This Week’s Lecture: Oligarchy, Defended Wealth and ‘Political Carnival’ in Thailand.Center for Southeast Asian Studies Weekly Bulletin (April 14): 2.

2013. “A Talk by Thomas Rhoden.Events: AUS Department of English (November 11).

2012. “‘Piracy on the High Seas’ Lecture to Air.KGCS-TV (October 29).

2012. “Student notes: At the podium at Missouri Southern State.Center for Southeast Asian Studies Weekly Bulletin (October 22): 5.

2012. “A Teacher’s Letters from the Thai-Burma Border.ABC Radio Australia (by A Ng, February 15).

2012. “Recent Achievements of Our Community.Worldview: The Magazine of the National Peace Corps Association (by J. Haugen, Spring, vol.25, no.1): 43-45.

2012. “Brazil, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guatemala, Tanzania, Nigeria, Peru, Thailand.Community News: National Peace Corps Association (by J. Haugen, January 13).

2011. “Campus Notes: Political Science Grad Student Writes Thai Travel Guide.Center for Southeast Asian Studies Weekly Bulletin (November 14): 7.

2011. “Thailand Inspires Alumnus to Write Books.The Journal: The News Source for Webster University (by A. Arb, September 27).

2011. “Behind the Barbwire: Adventure in Thai-Burma Refugee Camp Inspire Book.Thunderbird Magazine (by T. F. Rhoden, Spring): 70-71.

2010. “Top of the Class.The Burma Students’ Post (February).

2009. “New Column: Thunderbird MBAs Take the Oath.Time (by J. Fox, May 15).

2009. “Glendale Students Trying to Bring Budget Literature to Masses.The Arizona Republic (by J. Javier, March 23).

 

FELLOWSHIPS

& AWARDS

2016. Empowering Network for International Thai Studies (ENITS). Institute of Thai Studies at Chulalongkorn University. Thailand Research Fund.

2014-2015. Boren Fellowship. Institute of International Education. (Karen Language: fall to spring).

2014. Best Graduate Student Paper. Southeast Asian Studies Student Conference. Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Northern Illinois University (NIU).

2014. Thai Studies Travel Scholarship. Thai Studies Committee, NIU.

2014. Graduate School Travel Scholarship. Graduate School, NIU.

2014. Morton J. Frisch Travel Scholarship. Department of Political Science, NIU.

2014. Center for Southeast Asian Studies Travel Award. CSEAS, NIU.

2013-2014. Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. CSEAS, NIU. (Burmese language: fall to spring).

2013. FLAS Fellowship. CSEAS, NIU. (Burmese language: summer).

2012-2013. FLAS Fellowship. CSEAS, NIU. (Burmese language: fall to spring).

2012. Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society Award. Zeta Chapter, NIU.

2012. FLAS Fellowship. CSEAS, NIU. (Burmese language: summer).

2011-2012. Graduate School Tuition-Wavier Scholarship. Department of Political Science, NIU (fall to spring).

2008. Exchange Semester Awarded. CMC Gradate School of Business. Čelákovice, Czech Republic (spring).

2008. Exchange Semester Awarded. Indian School of Business (ISB). Hyderăbăd, AP, India (fall).

2003. Departmental Honors. Department of Management, Webster University Thailand.

2001-2002. Exchange Semester Awarded. University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany (fall to spring).

 

UNIVERSITY

TEACHING

Adjunct Professor, Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs (ISEAA) with Chiang Mai University (CMU), Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Courses: “Business and Social Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia.” Summer 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015; “Business in Southeast Asia.” Summer 2015, Summer 2014.

Adjunct Professor, Institute of Village Studies (IVS) with Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University (WWU), Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Mae Sot, Thailand, and Hpa-An, Myanmar.

Course: “Discover Asia: Field Program in Thailand and Burma.” Spring 2015.

 

PROFESSIONAL

EXPERIENCE

Consultant, Independent, Mae Sot, Thailand, 2010-2016.

Refugee Camp Volunteer, Burma Volunteer Program, Nupo, Thailand, 2009-2010.

Consultant, DPWN, Inhouse Consult, DHL, Bonn, Germany, 2008.

Translator, Independent, Bangkok, Thailand, 2007.

Peace Corps Volunteer, Peace Corps Thailand, Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, 2005-2007.

English Teacher, Independent, Beijing, China, 2004.

Ghost Writer, various Thai newspapers (hey, it happens...), Hua Hin, Thailand, 2001-2003.

 

LANGUAGES

 

English, Thai, Lao, Burmese, Karen, German.

 

REFERENCES

 

On request.

 

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