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Dr Claudio Sopranzetti

Quondam Fellow since 2019
My research interests sit at the nexus of theorisations of capitalism, urbanism, and social movements. In particular, I am concluding an ethnographic project on urban mediators and political participation in contemporary Thailand while beginning a new exploration on African traders in Southeast Asia and responses to the economic crisis in Italy.
Dr Claudio Sopranzetti
  • Background

    • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 2013 to 2019)
    • Post-Graduate, Harvard University (from 2006 to 2013)
    • Undergraduate, University of Rome, ‘La Sapienza’ (from 2003 to 2005)
  • Research interests

    • Social anthropology
    • Urbanism and social movements in the global south
    • Thai studies
    • Politics of everyday life
    • History of capitalism
  • Selected publications

    • Awakened: an Ethnographic Graphic Novel, under negotiation with University of Toronto Press.
    • The Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxis Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok, University of California Press, 2017.
    • Red Journeys: Into the Thai Red Shirt Movement University of Washington Press and Silkworm Books, 2012 (reviewed in Anthropological Quarterly [86: 2, 635-640], Journal of Contemporary Asia [43:2, 381-383], Bangkok Post [May 18 2012], Prachatai [February 23 2013]).
    • The Tightening Authoritarian Grip on Thailand, Current History, Vol.116, No.791, 2017.
    • Framed by Freedom: Emancipation and Oppression in post-Fordist Thailand, Cultural Anthropology, Vol.32, No.1, 2017.
    • Thailand’s Relapse: The Implications of the May 2014 Coup, Journal of Asian Studies, Vol.75, No.2, 2016.
    • Political Legitimacy in Thailand, Cultural Anthropology Hot Spot, 2014.
    • Introduction to Thailand Hot Spot, Cultural Anthropology Hot Spot, 2014 (co-edited with Eli Elinoff, Felicity Aulino, and Ben Tausig).
    • The Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers and Time/Space Decompression in Thai Street Protests, City and Society, Vol.26, No.1 (2014) – Awarded the 2012 SUNTA Graduate Essay Prize.
    • (Im)mobilizing Bangkok, Anthropology News, Vol.54, No.4, 2013.
    • Provincilizing Bangkok: Isan from 'not yet' to 'now', South East Asia Research, Vol.20, No.3, 2012 (co-edited with Eli Elinoff).
    • Burning Red Desires: Isan Migrants and the Politics of Desire in Contemporary Thailand, South East Asia Research, Vol.20, No.3 2012.
    • Angkor Wat: Restoration Practices and Symbolic Uses, Meridiana, Vol.56, No.1, 2010 (in Italian).
    • Cars and Carts: Marketing, Circulation, and Fluidity in Bangkok's Central Business District, International Journal of Thai Studies, Vol.23, No.1, 2009.
    • Mass Politics and Red Shirts, editor, The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Thailand, Routledge, forthcoming.
    • Competing Powers: Thai politics since 1932, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, ed. Coup, King, Crisis: Thailand's Troubled Politics and the Royal Succession, Stanford University Press, forthcoming.
    • Mobilizing and Immobilizing the City, Setha Low, ed. Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and the City: Engaging the Urban and its Future, Routledge, forthcoming.
    • The Politics of Simplification, Richard Sennet, ed., Designing Politics: The Limits of Design, LSE, 2016.
    • Stanley Tambiah, John McGee and Richard Warms, eds. Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia. SAGE Publishers, Sage Publications, 2013.
    • From Love to Fear: the Rise of King Vajiralongkorn, Al-Jazeera, 11th April 2017.
    • Will Bangkok Prove Greater than Those who Would Remake It?, Khaosod, 14th April 2017.
    • Thailand Under the Junta: Paranoia and Conspiracy, Al-Jazeera, 22nd July 2014.
    • Review of Gramsci’s Common Sense: Inequality and its Narratives by Kate Crehan, Anthropological Quarterly, Vol.90, No.4, 2017.
    • Review of Interrupted Revolutions: Farmers, Students, Law, and Violence in Northern Thailand by Tyrell Haberkorn, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol.44, No.1, 2013.
  • Research awards and grants

    • Oxford Fell Fund Research Grant.
    • Kyoto CSEAS Visiting Research Fellowship.
    • All Souls Public Life Research Grant.
    • Oxford All Souls Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship.
    • Society for Urban, National, and Transnational Anthropology (SUNTA) Graduate Essay Prize (2012).
    • Cora-DuBois Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Cora-Dubois Foundation (2012).
    • Graduate Society Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University (2012).
    • Research Grant, William E. Braden 1941 Fund, Harvard Asia Center.
    • Summer Research Grant, Teschmacher Fund, Harvard Asia Center.
    • Research Grant, Geographic Analysis Center, Harvard University.
    • Merit-Time Fellowship, Harvard University (2011).
    • Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation (2009).
    • International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council (2009).
    • Sheldon Dissertation Fellowship, Harvard University.
    • ENITS Fellowship, Chulalongkorn University.
    • Pre-dissertation Fellowship, Harvard Asia Center.
    • Distinction of Excellence for General Exams, Harvard University.
    • Language Development Grant, Harvard Asia Center.