I received my B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Middlebury College (US) in 2015, and MSc in Global Development from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) in 2019. My research interests include social and political change, politics of development, Cambodia's politics and society, and Southeast Asia.
I joint the Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies at Lund as PhD student in 2022. My doctoral project investigates Cambodia’s new entrepreneurialism, drawing on its distinction from the traditional private sector which is well-known for being interwoven with the party-state through patronage networks. The project aims to build an understanding of the social and political significance of Cambodia's emerging class of entrepreneurs in Cambodia’s power structure, and in doing so casts new light on the new socio-cultural and political dynamics in the country.
Between 2015-17, I worked at Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) as a research assistant on project focusing on youth’s political and economic participation. At CDRI, I co-authored an article, Facebooking: youth’s everyday politics in Cambodia (2018). During my studies in Copenhagen, I took part in the civil society elites study project by Lund University, splitting my time between Lund and the fieldwork in Cambodia, as a research intern. In this project, I contributed a (lead-author) book chapter entitled “Leadership and Power in Cambodian Forest Conservation Networks” (NIAS press, forthcoming). Prior to starting my PhD, I also had experience working in international development and civil society field as well as the private sector.