Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand
Research Interests: 20th Century Middle Eastern History, British Mandate of Iraq, Identity Politics, Arab Nationalism, Political Islam
Sopanit Angsusingha or Dede graduated cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles with a B.A. in History and a minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Dede is a recipient of the Office of Higher Education Commission scholarship through the Royal Thai Government to pursue her Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern history in the USA. After graduation, she will return to Thailand to teach Middle Eastern history at Thammasat University. In 2015, she received the UCLA Undergraduate Research Fellows Program scholarship to conduct research on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s impact on the Islamic State’s ideologies and strategies. Her internship experiences at the Middle East division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand and the UCLA Center for Middle East Development inspired her to conduct independent research on the Obama administration’s military intervention in Libya and its implications on the administration’s policies in Syria’s civil war. In summer 2016, she was a research assistant at the Muslims Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand where she wrote articles on the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the formation of the modern Middle Eastern states during the Western imperialism period, and the impact of JCPOA on Iran’s energy policy. At MAAS, she is concentrating in history to focus her studies on the Islamist movements and the Arab youth mobilization in the Middle East and North Africa after the Arab uprisings.