Professor Duncan McCargo is a visiting professor at Leeds and the principal investigator on the  USIP 2019 Thai elections project. During the USIP project, Duncan was professor of political science at Leeds. He now directs the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen. His books include the award-winning Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell 2008) and more recently Fighting for Virtue: Justice and Politics in Thailand (Cornell 2019).  His latest book (with Anyarat Chattharakul) is Future Forward: The Rise and Fall of a Thai Political Party (NIAS Press 2020).



International co-ordinator Dr Petra Desatova gained her PhD in politics at the University of Leeds in 2019 before becoming a postdoctoral researcher at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. Petra has published several articles on Thai elections and also works on the politics of nation-branding. In addition to her academic contributions, Petra has overseen both project finances and reporting.



Dr Saowanee Alexander. National co-ordinator Saowanee T. Alexander is assistant professor at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand. She is a sociolinguist with her doctorate from Indiana University, who has published widely on politics, identity and discourse in Northeast Thailand. As well as conducting her own fieldwork, Saowanee managed a large team of local research assistants for the project.