Team

Professor Duncan McCargo
Duncan McCargo is the principal investigator on the USIP 2019 Thai elections project. His books include The Thaksinization of Thailand (co-authored, NIAS 2005) and the award-winning Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell 2008). During the USIP project, Duncan was professor of political science at Leeds, and visiting professor at Columbia. His latest book is Fighting for Virtue: Justice and Politics in Thailand (Cornell 2019).

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. 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.