Prajak Kongkirati is Assistant Professor, and Associate Dean for Research and Academic Services in the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University. He was formerly Head of the Southeast Asian Studies Center, East Asian Institute, Thammasat University, and Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. He has published widely in the fields of Thai politics, conflict and violence, party and electoral politics, democratization, and social movements. His latest publications are The Not-So-Bloody Election: Violence, Democracy and the Historic July 3, 2011 Election (2013); “Thailand’s Failed 2014 Election: The Anti-election Movement, Violence and Democratic Breakdown,” Journal of Contemporary Asia (2016); “The Prayuth Regime: Embedded Military and Hierarchical Capitalism in Thailand,” TRaNS: Trans -Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia (2018), co-authored with Veerayooth Kanchoochat; and “From Illiberal Democracy to Military Authoritarianism: Intra-Elite Struggle and Mass-Based Conflict in Deeply Polarized Thailand,” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science(2019). He completed his doctorate at the Department of Political and Social Change at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.