Dr Tomas Larsson

LarssonTDr Tomas Larsson is a Fellow of St John’s College and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies. He received his PhD from Cornell University in 2007. He is the author of Land and loyalty: Security and the development of property rights in Thailand (2012). Prior to his academic career, Dr Larsson worked as a freelance journalist based in Southeast Asia for many years. He teaches courses on Southeast Asian Politics, Religion and Politics, and Research Methods. He provides supervision for undergraduate students taking empirically oriented papers in politics and international relations. He also supervises MPhil and PhD students conducting research on topics related to Southeast Asian political, economic, and cultural change.

Dr Larsson’s current research mainly focuses on Buddhism and politics in Thailand, and on the fate of political liberalism in Southeast Asia.

Recent publications

Larsson cover“The political economy of state patronage of religion: Evidence from Thailand” International Political Science Review (forthcoming)

“Buddhist bureaucracy and religious freedom in Thailand” Journal of Law and Religion 33(2) (2018), pp. 197–211.

“In search of liberalism: Ideological traditions, translations, and troubles in Thailand” Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 32(3) (2017), pp. 531–561
“Who catches the biotech train? Understanding diverging political responses to GMOs in Southeast Asia” The Journal of Peasant Studies 43(5) (2016), pp. 1068–1094
“Monkish politics in Southeast Asia: Religious disenfranchisement in theoretical and comparative perspective” Modern Asian Studies 49(1) (2015), pp. 40–82

For a full list of scholarly publications, please go to: https://cambridge.academia.edu/TomasLarsson