Mathis Lohatepanont

เมธิส โลหเตปานนท์

Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan

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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ph.D. Student in Political Science
(In Progress)

University of California, Berkeley
B.A. in Political Science (2020)

Work Experience

Thailand Development Research Institute
Researcher | February 2021 – June 2022

As part of the Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development Team, I worked on producing policy recommendations related to the restructuring of Thailand’s economy in order to enhance its future competitiveness.

Bangkok Post
Journalism Intern | June – July 2019

I interned for the Bangkok Post’s Asia Focus section, reporting and writing commentaries on economics, business and politics in the Asia-Pacific region.

Research Interests

Thailand/East & Southeast Asia

Institutions & state capability

Political parties & party systems

Innovation & industrial upgrading

Public Policy Research

Research Projects

I participated in the following policy research projects, all of which were led by Dr. Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu, TDRI Research Director.

แผนพัฒนาอุตสาหกรรมสร้างสรรค์กลุ่ม บริการสร้างสรรค์ (การโฆษณา การออกแบบ และการบริการด้านสถาปัตยกรรม) และกลุ่มสินค้าสร้างสรรค์ (แฟชั่น) [Creative industry development plan for the creative services (advertising, design, and architecture) and creative products (fashion)], 2022. Submitted to the Creative Economy Agency (CEA).

โครงการการจัดซื้อจัดจ้างภาครัฐเพื่อสนับสนุนนวัตกรรมผ่านมาตรการบัญชีนวัตกรรมไทย [Supporting public procurement for innovation through Thailand’s Innovation Catalog], 2022. Submitted to the Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO).

การปรับโครงสร้างแรงงานสร้างสรรค์ในอุตสาหกรรมสร้างสรรค์ของไทยในยุคหลังโควิด-19 [Restructuring of creative labor in the Thai creative industries in the post-Covid-19 era], 2021. Submitted to the Program Management Unit for National Competitiveness Enhancement (PMUC).

การออกแบบกลไก กระบวนการทำงาน และการจัดสรรทรัพยากรในระบบวิทยาศาสตร์ วิจัยและนวัตกรรม [Designing mechanisms, working processes and resource management systems in Thailand’s science, research and innovation ecosystem], 2021. Submitted to the Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO).


“ฟื้นฟูหัตถกรรมไทย ทำอย่างไรให้ตรงจุด [Reviving Thailand’s crafts industry]”, กรุงเทพธุรกิจ, July 22, 2021.


“Political Dealmaking Will Determine the Winner and Twist Policy Outcomes in Thailand’s Election,” Fulcrum (ISEAS Yusof-Ishak Institute), April 6, 2023. (With Napon Jatusripitak)

“Thailand’s upcoming general election: a preview,” 9DashLine, March 14, 2023.

“Has time run out for Thailand’s prime minister?,” Washington Post (The Monkey Cage), September 9, 2022. (With Allen Hicken and Joel Selway)

“New Bangkok Governor challenges government’s grip on power,” East Asia Forum, July 15, 2022.

“What’s in a Thai cabinet?,” Thai Data Points, December 9, 2020.

“Hierarchy is what states make of it,” Realist Review, April 25, 2019.


“Understanding the Thai Elections with Ken Mathis Lohatepanont,” Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Southeast Asia Radio, May 18 2023.


For all of my published articles, please see here.

Media Quotes

I have been quoted in the following media articles.

South China Morning Post: What’s next for Thailand after Move Forward Party’s shock election win? (May 17, 2023)

Financial Times: Thailand’s Harvard-educated election winner challenges military’s grip on power (May 16, 2023)

DW: Thai election: Big win for opposition, but uncertainty looms (May 15, 2023)

Reuters: ‘Historic’ Thailand poll sees opposition trounce military parties (May 15, 2023)

Aljazeera: Thailand election results: Opposition trounces military parties (May 14, 2023)

The Guardian: Thailand elections: young people want radical change in a country they say is stagnating (May 12, 2023)

The Straits Times: Life stories and scare tactics: Thai parties ramp up online campaigning as election draws closer (May 11, 2023)

Bernar News: Ex-junta leader Prayuth on the hot seat in Thailand’s general election (May 11, 2023)

Foreign Policy: Can Thailand’s Opposition Prevail? (May 1, 2023)

Axios: Thailand’s election pits democrats vs. generals (April 11, 2023)

DW: Will Thailand’s upcoming elections see a political shift? (March 21, 2023)

The Guardian: Anger after Thai court rules 2014 coup leader can carry on as PM (September 30, 2022)

Southeast Asia Globe: Activists say Thai Prime Minister’s suspension is a tool to buy time (August 29, 2022)

Australian Financial Review: Thailand’s pandemic credibility goes from hero to zero (May 5, 2021)

The Diplomat: Thai Parliament Rejects Opposition Bid to Restrict Senate’s Powers

Bloomberg: Thailand’s Protestors Stray Into Taboo Territory (August 21, 2020)


Thai (native), English (near-native), Chinese (intermediate), Japanese (basic)