Ken Lohatepanont

Hi there!

My name is Mathis Lohatepanont, and I go by Ken. I recently graduated in 2020 with a B.A in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

I am currently a researcher at the Thailand Development Research Institute in Bangkok, where I focus on innovation policy. My goal at TDRI is to contribute to a robust evidence-based policy discussion that assists Thailand in escaping its middle income trap.

My primary interests are in comparative politics and international relations, with a special focus on Thailand and East Asia. As an avid writer, I am a regular contributor to Thai Enquirer, where I discuss Thai politics, public policy and international affairs. My work has also been published in the Bangkok Post, Asia Times and openDemocracy, among other outlets. Some of my published pieces, including previous research work, is compiled in this portfolio. I’ve also independently published a number of projects on Thai history.

On campus, I previously served as Chair of the ASUC Student Union Board of Directors and Chief Communications Officer for UC Berkeley’s student government and an independent non-profit, the ASUC. I currently sit on the Berkeley Club of Thailand’s executive committee.

If you’d like to contact me, please don’t hesitate to comment directly on one of my posts, connect with me on LinkedIn, tweet to me @kenlwrites, or email me at