Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips

Matthew is a lecturer in Modern Asian History at Aberystwyth University.

His publications have focused on how traditional forms of ritual and ceremony were exploited by Thai leaders during the period to secure a Thai position within the Thai-US relationship. His book, Thailand in the Cold War, looked at the role that Thai and American consumers played in securing the alliance.

Matthew received his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2013, and previously worked at the BBC World Service in both London and Bangkok.


  • Phillips, M. 2015. Thailand in the Cold War. Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia Taylor & Francis, Oxon 2013

  • Phillips, M. 2013. Crafting nationalist consumption: Public Relations and the Thai Textile Movement under the People’s Party, 1932 – 1945. South East Asia Research 21 (4) pp. 673-691.

  • Phillips, M. 2012. US popular representations of Thailand during the Cold War. Rian Thai