Areas of Interest:
Ethnopolitical sociology, nationalism, foreign policy, international relations, urban sociology, Southeast Asia, development studies, subaltern studies, social movements, existential sociology
PhD (2006): University of California, Santa Cruz: Sociology
MA (2004): University of California, Santa Cruz: Sociology
MA (1997): San Jose State University: Sociology
BA (1992): Cal-Poly Pomona: Communications, English Minor
Introduction: Welcome to my home page. My journey into sociology started in 1992 when I began my graduate studies, culminating with my arrival at my alma mater, Cal-Poly Pomona, in Fall 2007 to begin my tenure-track position. Although ethnically Chinese, I was born in Vientiane, Laos, and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, prior to our family's emigration from Thailand to the United States. I consider myself Thai-Chinese American. Sociologically-Relevant Influences: The Frankfurt School, Max Weber, Edward A. Tiryakian, Kurt H. Wolff, Jürgen Habermas, Anthony Giddens, Zygmunt Bauman, Albert Memmi, Frantz Fanon, W. E. B. Dubois, the Los Angeles School, Friedrich Nietzsche, Herman Sörgel, Jorge Luis Borges, Murray Schafer, Ray Oldenburg, Pridi Banomyong, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Bernard Crettaz, Simone de Beauvoir, my parents, my siblings, and the Buddha (as philosopher).
Top left: The large ruins of the Wat Phra Sri Sanphet complex at Ayutthaya (built 1448). Bottom right: Our university's iconic CLA building, courtesy of Mike_s_etc from Flickr. Bottom left: Casper David Friedrich's Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818).