Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Professor Duncan McCargo receives Honorary Doctorate from Thai University

04 January 2011 |

Professor Duncan McCargo receives Honorary Doctorate from Thai University

Head of School and Professor in Southeast Asian Politics, Duncan McCargo has been awarded an honorary doctorate in Humanities and Social Sciences (Tai Studies) from Mahasarakham University, Thailand.

Professor McCargo was awarded the Doctorate at Mahasarakham University on the 22 December 2010 for his academic distinction in the field of Tai studies, as well as his longstanding role in supporting research activity and the education of academic staff at the university.

Translated statement from Mahasarakham University:

Prof. McCargo is a specialist in the field of politics and has specific interest in politics and the media in Southeast Asia. He has conducted fieldwork and research in several countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, USA, Singapore and Thailand. He is especially interested in Thai politics, on which he has published widely, and his expertise has been widely recognised in academic circles and by the international media. He is regularly invited as a special guest speaker, and has given many interviews on political crises in Thailand. He has worked on various topics including Islam in Thailand, and his most outstanding work is the award-winning book Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (published by Cornell University Press).

He has played an important part in supporting the education of academic staff at Mahasarakham University, helping to internationalise teaching and research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He brought in funding from the British Council to support the Faculty’s Local Politics Information, Centre and to promote cooperation between Mahasarakham and the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of  Leeds in order to study political activity in Northeast Thailand.

In recognition of his contribution to the study of politics and the region, Mahasarakham University Council has resolved unanimously to present Professor McCargo with an honorary doctorate.

Professor McCargo first visited Mahasarakham University (MSU) in 1992. Together with Dr Thaveeslip Subwattana (pictured) he created a Higher Education Link between MSU and the University of Leeds, funded by DFiD and administered by the British Council. Under the link, there have been seventeen visits to Leeds by MSU academics from 1996 to 2002. Several Leeds academics have also visited Mahasarakham; two workshops were organised in Thailand with Leeds participation; and an MSU lecturer was funded to gain his PhD in politics at Leeds. A second MSU lecturer is currently studying with Prof. McCargo for a University of Leeds PhD.

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