Our Team


Professor Duncan McCargo
Duncan is the principal investigator on the project. Duncan is well-known for his expertise on the politics of Thailand, on which he has published seven books, including his co-authored Thaksinization of Thailand (2005) and the award-winning Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell 2008). During the project he was professor of political science at the University of Leeds, and visiting professor of political science at Columbia University.


Dr Petra Desatova
International co-ordinator 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. She has published several articles on Thailand’s elections and also works on the politics of nation-branding.



Saowanee Alexander
National co-ordinator Saowanee Alexander is assistant professor at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand. She is a sociolinguist who has published widely on politics, identity and discourse in Northeast Thailand. Saowanee managed a large team of local research assistants for the project.