Dr. Songkhun (Sunny) Nillasithanukroh has been announced as a member of the latest class of Southeast Asia Research Group Fellows.
Nillasithanukroh will be presenting his research paper, “Turning Private Sector Resources into Political Power: Investigating the Utilization of Firm Resources for Electoral Purposes by Businessperson Politicians in Thailand” at Duke University in Durham, N.C., in December.
“I am honored to be selected as a SEAREG Fellow,” Nillasithanukroh said. “I look forward to presenting my work and contributing to the vibrant discourse on Southeast Asia at the conference. Engaging with fellow researchers in the field and learning from them will be an invaluable opportunity for professional growth.”
SEAREG was established in 2013 to help nurture a specific research community. Its mission is to highlight the best new research by young social scientists working on Southeast Asian politics and to establish a network of scholars working at the forefront of Southeast Asian studies.
SEARAG promotes research on Southeast Asia that is theoretically informed, analytically sophisticated, and methodologically precise while also contributing to contemporary debates in political science, economics, and sociology. The leaders of SEAREG are committed to a model of Southeast Asian social sciences that emphasizes the complementarity of discipline, method, and area knowledge.
A key part of the Clinton School’s Open Governance Lab, Nillasithanukroh is currently focused on two main research programs: enhancing citizen-government engagement through e-government initiatives to bolster governance, and delving into the intricate nexus of business, money, and politics.
Nillasithanukroh’s previous work has been published in Electoral Studies and the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Politics. He has received funding from the International Growth Centre in the UK for his research projects. Nillasithanukroh completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Duke University in 2023.