About Me

Hi!

My name is Mathis Lohatepanont, and I go by Ken. I am a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a focus on comparative politics. I graduated in 2020 with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

I am a writer and analyst of Thai politics, with a particular interest in political parties and constitutional reform. Additionally, I enjoy observing developments in the wider Southeast and East Asia regions, especially in China and Japan. I contribute regularly to the Thai Enquirer, and my work has been published in the Washington Post, Bangkok Post, Asia Times and openDemocracy. I am also passionate about making politics engaging and accessible to a general audience; my explainers on Thai politics and history can be found in these projects.

Previously, I was a researcher at the Thailand Development Research Institute in Bangkok. As part of the Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development team, I produced policy recommendations regarding the restructuring of Thailand’s economy in order to ensure its long-term competitiveness. My research has led to an interest in the challenges facing how states can support domestic innovation, research, and creativity: factors which are vitally important for assisting Thailand in escaping the middle income trap. In particular, I am motivated by questions about improving state capacity, especially the capability of bureaucracies and public agencies.

If you’d like to contact me, please don’t hesitate to comment directly on one of my posts, tweet to me @kenlwrites, or email me at ken.lohatepanont@gmail.com. You can also find my CV here.