Matthew J Walton is the Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony’s College. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington and previously taught at the George Washington University. His research focuses on religion and politics in Southeast Asia, with a special emphasis on Buddhism in Myanmar. Matt’s first book, Buddhism, Politics, and Political Thought in Myanmar, was published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press. His next project is a comparative study of Buddhist political thought across the Theravada world, to be published by Hurst Publishers in 2018. His articles on Buddhism, ethnicity, and politics in Myanmar have appeared in Politics & Religion, Journal of Burma Studies, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Contemporary Buddhism, and Asian Survey. Matt leads an ESRC-funded 2-year research project entitled “Understanding ‘Buddhist nationalism’ in Myanmar.” He is a co-founder of the Myanmar Media and Society project and of the Oxford-based Burma/Myanmar blog Tea Circle and co-organizer and editor of the Oxford-Myanmar Policy Brief Series.
Dr. Matthew J Walton
Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies
St Antony’s College
University of Oxford