Hello, and welcome to my blog!
My name is Mathis (Ken) Lohatepanont. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, I am currently a student majoring in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.
My interests are diverse, but I’ve outlined three things I do here.
I advocate for national reform in Thailand.
I believe that writing can facilitate positive political and social change. My journey in politics began during the 2013-2014 protests in Bangkok. In 2015, I went to the forefront of the efforts to improve Thailand’s political system by working in the public relations team of the Constitution Drafting Committee. Since then, I have advocated for reform in Thailand to end its cycle of military coups and bring about a sustainable political system that is democratic, pluralistic and accountable. My work has been published in multiple publications including the Asia Times and the Bangkok Post, and I’ve been interviewed on BBC Radio. Please see this page for my published work.
I write to promote political literacy.
A democracy cannot be sustained without an engaged and informed citizenry, which is why I believe that building greater political literacy is key to achieving better governance. I write to make political science, history and other social sciences more engaging and accessible to everyone so that we can all work together to better democracy both in Thailand and worldwide. Recently, I wrote The Story of Thai Democracy, a history of Thailand since the 1932 revolution and Thailand in Crisis, an account of the political crisis since 2001.
I am a student of political science.
Beyond Thailand, I’m also research and study other topics within comparative politics and international relations. I’m interested in East Asia and Southeast Asia, particularly the rise of China. My other interests in politics include the United States and the United Kingdom.
Other things I do
I’ve done a lot of things outside politics and political science, including dabbling in consulting and working in student government. Please see my Experience page for a full list. As for what I’m focused on right now, here is my Now page.
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 email@example.com.