Michael Montesano is Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, where he serves as Coordinator of the Thailand Studies Programme and Co-Coordinator of the Myanmar Studies Programme. His recent work includes “The Approach of Elections in Trang, South Thailand — Part I: Context and Competition” (ISEAS Perspective 13/2019), “The Approach of Elections in Trang, South Thailand — Part II: Economic Worries, Social Issues, and the Question of National Integration” (ISEAS Perspective 16/2019), “The Place of the Provinces in Thailand’s Twenty-Year National Strategy: Toward Community Democracy in a Commercial Nation?” (ISEAS Perspective 60/2019), and the co-edited volume After the Coup: The National Council for Peace and Order Era and the Future of Thailand (2019). He is, with Terence Chong and Prajak Kongkirati, co-editor of the forthcoming Praetorians, Profiteers or Professionals? Studies on the Militaries of Myanmar and Thailand. Montesano served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Southern Thailand during 1983-1985 and has been a visiting researcher at Thammasat, Chulalongkorn, and Walailak Universities. He was educated at Yale, the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, and Cornell.