Prajak Kongkirati

Assistant Professor Prajak Kongkirati is Research Director of the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, Thailand. Former Head of Southeast Asian Studies Center, East Asian Institute, Thammasat University, he is also visiting fellow at ISEAS Institute, Singapore.
Prajak received his MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 support by the Harvard-Yenching Scholarship for Graduate Program, and Ph.D. from the Department of Political and Social Change, ANU in 2013, with a dissertation titled “Bosses, Bullets and Ballots: Electoral Violence and Democracy in Thailand, 1975-2011.” His study has been supported by the Australian Leadership Award (ALA) of AusAID. He has been actively involved in various professional and academic activities with the government, private sectors and civil society organizations: a Country Expert (Thailand) for The Varieties of Democracy Project (V-Dem) (2015-present); a Committee Member of Peace Information Center, Thammasat University (2015-present); Project Manager, Civic Education and Democracy Training Program for Teachers, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University in collaboration with the Thai Civic Education Network (2014-present); Editorial Board of Thammasat Review of Economic and Social Policy, Thailand (2015-present); Editorial Board of the Asian Democracy Review Journal, Korea (2013-present); Executive Committee, Foundation for Democracy and Development Studies, Bangkok (2013-present); Translator and consultant, International Crisis Group, Thailand (2009-2011).
He is also editorial board of Asian Democracy Review and has published widely in the field of Thai politics, conflict and violence, party and electoral politics, democratization, social movements, and youth politics and education. His comments on Thai politics have been regularly appeared in many Thai-and English-language newspapers, magazines and Television Channels.
His recent research projects focused on democracy, corruption, violence and elections in Thailand. His current project “Political Dynamics of Electoral Politics and Democracy in ASEAN: A Comparative Case Studies of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines” is supported by the Thailand Research Fund’s research grant (2017-2018).

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