Matthew Phillips

Lecturer in Modern Asian History, Aberystwyth University

Dr Matthew Phillips BA, MA, PhD (University of London) gained his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at The School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He is a specialist in the history of Thailand and in particular the cultural impact of American-Thai relations during the Cold War.

He also has a special interest in how changes in diplomatic arrangements have impacted local identities across Asia in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Using a range of sources, he seeks to deepen understanding of the role that media, advertising and propaganda, both national and international, play in articulating and exploiting local identities. Other research themes include, consumerism, modernity and nationalism.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in Modern Asian History, Aberystwyth University

Education

  • 2013 
    The School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), PhD History

Publications

  • 2013
    Crafting Nationalist consumption; Public Relations and the wear Thai movement under the People’s Party, 1932 – 1945 , South East Asia Research
  • 2012
    US popular representations of Thailand during the Cold War, Rain Thai