Social Science Division

The MUIC Social Science Division is responsible for the Social Science major, in which students can concentrate in International Studies, Southeast Asian Studies or Modern World History. It also offers minors in Southeast Asian Studies, International Studies, Modern World History and Psychology, and is responsible for all Social Science courses in General Education.

Divisional Chairperson

Mr. Douglas Rhein

Mr. Douglas Rhein

douglas.rhe@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1755

Education
Ph. D. Candidate (Education Psychology; University of Southern Queensland, Australia)
M.A. (Mass Communications; University of Leicester, England)
B.Sc. (Psychology; East Michigan University, USA)

Areas of Interest
Psychology, Media Studies.

Courses Taught
Introduction to Psychology
Social Psychology
Educational Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology
Independent Study in the Social Sciences

Program Director

Dr. Claus K. Meyer

Dr. Claus K. Meyer

claus.mey@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1705

Education
Ph.D. (History; European University Institute, Florence, Italy)
M.A. (History; University of IIIinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Areas of Interest
Comparative slave studies; plantation slavery; slave narratives, Manorialism.

Courses Taught
Research Methods in the Social Sciences
World History B (c.1763 – 1914)
Europe Since 1945
European History

Program Director for General Education

Dr. Natanaree Posrithong

Dr. Natanaree Posrithong

natanaree.pos@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1114

Education
Ph. D. Candidate (Philosophy, History and Language; The Australian National University, Australia)
M.A. (History of International Relations; London School of Economics and Political Science, England)
B.A. (Hons.) (Social Science; Mahidol University International College, Thailand)

Areas of Interest
History of Diseases and Medicine, The Colonial Impact on Southeast Asia, History of Education.

Courses Taught
History of Disease and Medicine
World History D (c. 1945-2000)
Foreign Policy of the Major Powers Since 1945

Program Coordinator for Psychology Minor and Certificate Program

Ms. Christin Grothaus

Ms. Christin Grothaus

christinmarie.gro@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1756

Education
Master of Educational Science and Bachelor of Educational Science (Diplom Pädagogik) (Adult Education/ Further Education; University of Hamburg, Germany)

Areas of Interest
Cross-cultural Motivation, Intercultural Training and Assessment, Value Studies, Psychology of Expatriation.

Courses Taught
Introduction to Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology of Motivation
Social Psychology

Full-time Faculty

Associate Professor Dr. Peter Smith

Associate Professor Dr. Peter Smith

Coordinator for the Modern World History Concentration
peter.smi@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1112

Education
Ph.D. (Sociology of Religion; University of Lancaster, England)
B.Ed. (Hons.) (Geography; University of Bristol, England)

Areas of Interest
History of Social Thought, Early 20th Century History, Sociology of Religion, Middle East Studies, Baha’i Studies, Universities and Globalization, The Impact of Social Media.

Courses Taught
Paradigms in the Social Sciences I
World History C (c.1914 – 1945)
History & Systems of Psychology
Middle East Since 1800
Independent Study in the Social Sciences

Assistant Professor Dr. Marja-Leena Heikkila-Horn

Assistant Professor Dr. Marja-Leena Heikkila-Horn

Coordinator for the Southeast Asian Studies Concentration.
marjaleena.hei@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1207

Education
Ph.D. (Comparative Religions; Abo Akademi University, Finland)
M.A. (History; Abo Akademi University, Finland)

Areas of Interest
Christian Communities in Burma/Myanmar

Courses Taught
The History of the World Economy
The Indian Sub-Continent up to c.1500
The Indian Sub-Continent since c.1500
Contemporary History of Southeast Asia
Ethnicity and Nationalism in Southeast Asia
The History of Southeast Asia up to 1800
Religion, Society & Politics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Women in Southeast Asia
Contemporary Issues in Burma/Myanmar
Independent Study in the Social Sciences

Dr. Matthew Copeland

Dr. Matthew Copeland

Divisional Chairperson and Program Director
matthew.cop@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1706

Education
Ph.D., Asian History, Australian National University
B.A., History, University of Colorado

Areas of Interest
History, Historiography, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Nationalism, Media, Education

Courses Taught
Historiography; International Politics in Southeast Asia (SEA); Media and Politics in SEA; Political Systems of SEA I; Political Systems of SEA II; Thai History; Contemporary Issues in Thailand, Thai Society and Culture; Independent Study

Dr. James Warren

Dr. James Warren

james.war@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1108

Education
PhD. (History; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK)
M.A. (Distinction) (South East Asia Area Studies; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK)
B.A. (Hons.) (Modern History and Politics; University of Reading, UK)

Areas of Interest
Vice, Society and State-Building in Modern Thailand; Criminality and Colonialism in Southeast Asia; The Development and Propagation of Thai Historiography and Popular Thai History

Courses Taught
Thai Society & Culture
Thai History
World History A (c.1400 – 1763)
Modern History of Southeast Asia
Independent Study in the Social Sciences

Dr. Deekana Tipchanta

Dr. Deekana Tipchanta

deekana.tip@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1733

Education
Ph. D. (Politics and International Relations; University of Nottingham, UK)
M.A. (European Studies; University of Applied Sciences Bremen, Germany)
B.A. (Hons.) (Liberal Arts and Politics; Thammasat University, Thailand)
B.A. (Liberal Arts; Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)

Areas of Interest
EU, European Studies, African Affairs, Public Health, Climate Change, NGOs, Foreign Policy Analysis, US History, Resource Conflicts.

Courses Taught
Research Seminar
NGOs and Political and Business Contexts
Foreign Policy of the Major Powers Since 1945
North America c. 1763-1900
The United States and Canada Since 1900
Society, Politics and Economics in Contemporary Europe
Conflict Resolution
Independent Study in the Social Sciences

Dr. Hardina Ohlendorf

Dr. Hardina Ohlendorf

hardina.ohl@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1616

Education
Ph. D. (Political Science; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK)
M. Sc. (Asian Politics; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK)

Areas of Interest
Sociology of Knowledge, Nationalism, Identity, East Asia, China, Taiwan.

Courses Taught
Modern Social Theory
Modern History of East Asia
Civilizations of East Asia I
Civilizations of East Asia II
China & the Chinese World
Society, Politics, and Economics in Contemporary East Asia
Society, Politics, and Economics in Contemporary Japan
Society, Politics, and Economics in The Two Koreas
Independent Study in the Social Sciences

Dr. Nigel Gould-Davies

Dr. Nigel Gould-Davies

nigel.gou@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1623

Education
Ph. D., Political Science, Harvard University
M.Phil. International Relations, Oxford University
BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oxford University

Areas of Interest
International Relations
Politics and Society of Russia and the Former Soviet Union
Democracy and Democratisation Theory
The Politics of Energy

Courses Taught
World History, 1945-2001
Democracy as a Political System

Ms.Ruchi Agarwal

Ms.Ruchi Agarwal

ruchi.aga@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1703

Education
Ph. D. Candidate (Multicultural Studies; Mahidol University, Thailand)
M.A. (Culture and Development; Mahidol University, Thailand) M.A. (International Economics and Finance, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
B.A. (Business Administration; Mahidol University International College, Thailand)

Areas of Interest
Religious Diversity in Thailand, Economics of Religions, Economic Development, South Asian Regional Development.

Courses Taught
Introduction to Economics
Religious Experience and Traditions
Economic Geography
Economics of Southeast Asia
Society, Politics and Economics in Contemporary South Asia
Independent Study in the Social Sciences

Mr. William J. Jones

Mr. William J. Jones

william.jon@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1123

Education
Ph. D. Candidate (Philosophy; Mahidol University, Thailand)
M.A. (European Studies; Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
B.A. (Social Science: International Studies; Mahidol University International College, Thailand)

Areas of Interest
Research, Theoretical Analysis and Application.

Courses Taught
Political Science
Comparative Political Systems
Diplomacy and Negotiation
International Law and the State
European Union
Society, Politics and Economics in Contemporary North America
World Economy Since 1945
Independent Study in the Social Sciences

Mr. Christian Oesterheld

Mr. Christian Oesterheld

christian.oes@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1312

Education
Ph.D. Candidate (Southeast Asian Studies; University of Frankfurt, Germany)
M.Sc. (Conflict Violence and Development; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK)
B.A. (Austronesian Studies; Asia-Africa-Institute, University of Hamburg, Germany)

Areas of Interest
Ethnic relations and intergroup violence in Southeast Asia; Dynamics of identity and ethnicity in Borneo; Continuity and change in Indonesian societies; Inculturation and localisation in Southeast Asian Christianity; Perceptions of justice in Cambodia; Memory and history in Cambodia.

Courses Taught
Major Social Institutions
History of War
War, the Military, Society & the State
Indigenous Cultures in the Modern World
International Cultural Studies
Law & Society in Southeast Asia
Indigenous Peoples of Southeast Asia
Religion, Society, and Politics in Maritime Southeast Asia
Urban Anthropology of Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian Cinema
Contemporary Issues in Cambodia
Contemporary Issues in Indonesia
Contemporary Issues in Malaysia
Independent Study in the Social Sciences

Ms. Pattaka Sa-ngimnet

Ms. Pattaka Sa-ngimnet

pattaka.sag@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 1756

Education
Ph. D. Candidate (Teaching and Technology; Assumption University, Thailand)
M.A. (History of Gender Issues; University of Central Arkansas, USA)
B.A. (Social Science; Mahidol University International College, Thailand)

Areas of Interest
Gender Inequality, Cultural Issues, Education Issues.

Courses Taught
Tourism Geography
Human Geography
Gender Issues in the Modern World
Independent Study in the Social Sciences