Claudio Sopranzetti is a Postdoctoral Fellow at All Souls College. He received his PhD in anthropology from Harvard University in 2013 with a dissertation titled ‘The Owners of the Map: mobility and politics among motorcycle taxi drivers in Bangkok’. He is also the author of ‘Red Journeys: inside the Thai Red Shirts movement’, an ethnographic account of the 2010 protest in the Thai capital. He is currently working on an ethnographic biography of two political organizers in Bangkok and on a transnational project on West African traders in Southeast Asia.
- Social anthropology
- Urbanism and social movements in the global south
- Thai studies
- Politics of everyday life
- History of capitalism
- The Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxis Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok, forthcoming from University of California Press.
- Red Journeys: Into the Thai Red Shirt Movement (Seattle: University of Washington Press and Silkworm Books, 2012).
- ‘Political Legitimacy in Thailand’, Cultural Anthropology Hot Spot, August 2014.
- (co-edited with Eli Elinoff, Felicity Aulino, and Ben Tausig), ‘Introduction to Thailand Hot Spot’, Cultural Anthropology Hot Spot, August 2014.
- ‘The Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers and Time/Space Decompression in Thai Street Protests’, City and Society, vol. 26, No. 1 (2014) – Awarded the 2012 SUNTA Graduate Essay Prize.
- ‘(Im)mobilizing Bangkok’, Anthropology News, Vol. 54, No. 4, 2013.
- (co-edited with Eli Elinoff), Introduction to Special Issue, South East Asia Research, Vol. 20, No.3, 2012.
- ‘Burning Red Desires: Isan Migrants and the Politics of Desire in Contemporary Thailand’, South East Asia Research, Vol. 20, No.3 (2012).
- ‘Angkor Wat: Restoration Practices and Symbolic Uses’, Meridiana, Vol. 56, No.1, 2010 (in Italian).