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Nick Cheesman

Senior Fellow
PhD (ANU) MEdHons (UWA) BCom/GDipEd (Melbourne)
The Australian National University
Department of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs

Nick Cheesman is a scholar of the politics of law and policing in mainland Southeast Asia, in particular, Myanmar (Burma). His work is concerned generally with how language animates actions, how categories determine meanings, and how ideas constitute practices. Presently, he holds an Australian Research Council grant to document where, when and how torture occurs in Myanmar and Thailand. Through this research, he aims to reinterpret the relationship between violence and the state. In his spare time he hosts the New Books in Interpretive Political and Social Science series for the New Books Network.

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Southeast Asia
Law and Society

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