Tyrell Haberkorn

Credentials: Director of Graduate Studies; Professor of Southeast Asian Studies

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Email: tyrell.haberkorn@wisc.edu

1210 Van Hise Hall


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Coordinator, Justice in Southeast Asia Lab

Co-Chair, Human Rights Program


Tyrell Haberkorn researches and writes about state violence and dissident cultural politics in Thailand from the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932 until the present. She first traveled to Thailand in 1997 to be part of international feminist labor solidarity, and this became the basis for the past twenty years of working across academic and activist lines to challenge state repression and other forms of injustice. She is currently working on a first draft of an indictment of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the military junta that took power in the 22 May 2014 coup and also writing about the history of radical imagination for a more just and democratic future in Thailand through the life of Supot Dantrakul, a political prisoner, dissident, and organic intellectual active between the 1950s and the 2000s.

Prior to joining the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Wisconsin in January 2018, Tyrell spent eight years at the Australian National University in the Department of Political and Social Change. When forced to name a single discipline, she identifies as a political historian but has studied, researched and taught across law, political science, anthropology, sociology and comparative literature. She holds a BA (Cultural Studies and Creative Writing) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA and PhD (Sociocultural Anthropology, minors in Southeast Asian History and Rural Sociology) from Cornell University. She has received fellowships from Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, Association for Asian Studies, Australian Research Council, Einstein Forum, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

She is interested in working with PhD students concerned with state violence, human rights, law, authoritarianism, left(s) and dissidence in Thailand and across Southeast Asia.

Recent and Upcoming Courses:

Revolutionary Asia (undergraduate, Fall 2020)
Queer Asia (undergraduate, Spring 2020, Fall 2022)
Violence, Justice and History in Southeast Asia (undergraduate/graduate, Spring 2020, Fall 2o22)
Cambodian Genocide (undergraduate, Fall 2019)
Human Rights in Asia (undergraduate/graduate, Fall 2019)
Southeast Asian Literature (undergraduate, Spring 2019, Spring 2023)
Communism, Anarchism and Other Asian Lefts (graduate, Fall 2018, Fall 2020)
Student Movements in Asia (undergraduate, Fall 2018)

Selected Publications:


Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2018. In Plain Sight: Impunity and Human Rights in Thailand. University of Wisconsin Press.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2011. Revolution Interrupted: Farmers, Students, Law and Violence in Northern Thailand. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Thai Translation: ไทเรล ฮาเบอร์คอร์น. 2561 [2017]. การปฏิวัติที่ถูกตัดตอน: ชาวนา นักศึกษา กฎหมาย และความรุนแรงในภาคเหนือของไทย. แปลโดย เบญจรัตน์ แซ่ฉั่ว และ พงษ์เลิศ พงษ์วนานต์. กรุงเทพฯ: สำนักพิมพ์ฟ้าเดียวกัน.

Edited Collections:

งามพิศ จากาซินสกี, จารุวรรณ แอ็งเกิล, และ ไทเรล ฮาเบอร์คอร์น, ผู้รวบรวม. 2556. เสียงกลอนสะท้อนการณ์: รวมบทกลอนเลือกสรรของนิตยสารสตรีสารระหว่างปี พ.ศ. ๒๕๑๓-๒๕๑๙.  เชียงใหม่: สำนักพิมพ์ซิลค์เวอร์ม. [ Ngampit Jagacinski, Jaruwan Engel, and Tyrell Haberkorn, editors. 2011. Reflections of the Past: Selected Poems from Sattrisan Magazine, 1970-1976 .  Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books.]

Ben Tausig and Tyrell Haberkorn, eds. “Unspeakable Things.” Seven media-rich audio, video, image, and text online pieces about inarticulable, transgressive, and dissident ideas and politics in Thailand. Sensate: A Journal for Experiments in Critical Media Practice.

Refereed Journal Articles:

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2021. “Under and Beyond the Law: Monarchy, Violence, and History in Thailand.” Politics & Society 49.3 (September): 311-336.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2018. “Dictatorship, Monarchy and Freedom of Expression in Thailand.” Journal of Asian Studies 77.4 (November): 935-943.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2017. “Dictatorship as Occupation in Thailand.”  The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law 49.3 (October): 338-352.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2017. “The Anniversary of a Massacre and the Death of a Monarch.”  The Journal of Asian Studies 76.2: 269-281.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2016. “Engendering Sedition: Ethel Rosenberg, Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, and the Courage of Refusal.” positions: asia critique 16.2 (August): 621-651.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2016. “A Hyper-Royalist Parapolitics in Thailand.” Article as part of a special journal issue on “Performing the State.” Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia 172. 2-3: 225-248.

Cheesman, Nick, Bina D’Costa and Tyrell Haberkorn. 2016. “Anticipating the struggle against everyday military impunity in Myanmar through stories from Bangladesh and Thailand.”  Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies 3.1: 45-58.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2015. “The Hidden Transcript of Amnesty: The 6 October 1976 Massacre and Coup in Thailand.” Critical Asian Studies 47.1: 44-68.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2015. “When Torture is a Duty: The Murder of Imam Yapa Kaseng and the Challenge of Accountability in Thailand.” Asian Studies Review 39.1: 53-68.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2014. “Martial Law and the Criminalization of Thought in Thailand.” The Asia-Pacific Journal. Volume 12. Issue 40. Number 5. 6 October.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2014. “Hannah Arendt, Nidhi Eoseewong, and the Spectre of Totalitarianism in Thailand.” The Asia-Pacific Journal. Volume 12, Issue 14, Number 4. 7 April.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2009. “An Unfinished Past: The 1974 Land Rent Control Act and Assassination in Northern Thailand.” Critical Asian Studies 41.1: 3-35.

Refereed Book Chapters:

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2021. “Without Account: Coups, Amnesties and Justice in Thailand.” In Thai Legal History: From Traditional to Modern Law. Edited by Andrew Harding and Munin Pongsapan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pages 265-278.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2021. “Justice After Dictatorship in Thailand.” In Political Violence in Southeast Asia since 1945: Case Studies from Six Countries. Edited by Eve Zucker and Ben Kiernan. London: Routledge. Pages 209-221.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2020. “Putting the National Council for Peace and Order on Trial.” In Coup, King, Crisis: Time of a Dangerous Interregnum in Thailand. Edited by Pavin Chachavalpongpun. New Haven: Yale University Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Pages 299-318.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2013. “An Uneasy Engagement: political crisis and human rights culture in Thailand, 1958 to 1988.” In Rights to Culture: Heritage, Development, and Difference in Thailand. Edited by Coeli Barry. Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books. Pages 115-134.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2013. “Getting Away with Murder: State Violence and Impunity in Phatthalung.” In State Violence in East Asia. Edited by Sung Chull Kim and Narayan Ganesan. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. Pages 185-208.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2011. “Dispossessing Law: Arbitrary Detention in Southern Thailand.” In Accumulating Insecurity: Violence and Dispossession in the Making of Everyday Life. Edited by Shelley Feldman, Charles Geisler, and Gayatri Menon. Athens: University of Georgia Press. Pages 173-196.

Non-Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

ไทเรล ฮาเบอร์คอร์น. “คำนำเสนอ: หลักฐาน ประวัติศาสตร์ ประวัติศาสตร์นิพนธ์ และจินตนาการแห่งการ เปลี่ยนแปลง.” ใน กบฏชาวนา:มูลฐานจิตสำนึกในอินเดียยุคอาณานิคม. เขียนโดย รณชิต คูหา แปลโดย ปรีดี หงษ์สต้น. กรุงเทพฯ: Illuminations Editions. หน้า 9-17. [Tyrell Haberkorn. “Preface: Evidence, History, Historiography and the Imagination of Transformation.” In Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India. Translated into Thai by Pridi Hongsaton. Bangkok: Illuminations Editions. Pages 9-17.]

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2018. “Towards an Intellectual Agenda Against Dictatorship.” In Democracy, Constitution and Human Rights: Festschrift in Honour of Warawit Kanithasen. Edited by Ingwar Ebsen, Dirk Ehlers, and Henning Glaser. Bangkok: German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance.

ไทเรล ฮาเบอร์คอร์น. 2561. “การปฎิวัติที่ถูกตัดตอนและทิศทางใหม่สำหรับประวัติศาสตร์.” เบญจรัตน์ แซ่ฉั่ว, ผู้แปล. ฟ้าเดียวกัน 16.1 (มกราคม-มิถุนายน): 147-154. [Tyrell Haberkorn. 2018. “Revolution Interrupted and New Directions for History.” Translated by Bencharat Sae Chua. Fa Diew Kan 16.1 (January-June): 147-154.]

ไทเรล ฮาเบอร์คอร์น. 2559. “การละเมิดแบบเดิม แต่การปิดกั้นความจริงแบบใหม่: รัฐและสิทธิมนุษยชนหลังการสังหารหมู่ 6 ตุลา 2519.” ฟ้าเดียวกัน 14.2 (พฤษภาคม-ธันวาคม), น. 111-136. [Tyrell Haberkorn. 2016. “Same old rights violations concealed anew: the state and human rights after the 6 October 1976 massacre.” Fa Diew Kan 14.2 (May-December): 111-136.]

ไทเรล ฮาเบอร์คอร์น. 2557. “‘คำให้การเร้น’ ในกฎหมายนิรโทษกรรม: รัฐประหารและสังหารหมู่ 6 ตุลาคม 2519.” พงษ์เลิศ พงษ์วนานต์, ผู้แปล. อ่าน, ธันวาคม, น. 166-183. [Tyrell Haberkorn. 2014. “A ‘hidden transcript’ within the amnesty law: the 6 October 1976 coup and massacre.” Translated by Ponglert Pongwanan. Aan, December: 166-183.]

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2013. “Tracing an Uneven History: notes on sources and trajectories of Thai state violence.” Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 1.1:1-9.

ไทเรล ฮาเบอร์คอร์น. 2556. “ตุลาการแห่งระบอบความจริง.” วริศา กิตติคุณเสรี, ผู้แปล, อ่าน 4.4, น. 144-149. [Tyrell Haberkorn. 2013. “The Arbiters of Knowledge.” Translated by Warisa Khitthikhunseri. Aan 4.4: 144-149.]

ไทเรล ฮาเบอร์คอร์น. 2556. “คำสารภาพบังเอิญเกิด: วาด้วยประวัติศาสตร์การกักขังโดยมิชอบ.” วริศา กิตติคุณเสรี, ผู้แปล, อ่าน 4.2, น. 104-113 [Tyrell Haberkorn. 2013. “An Accidental Confession: A History of Arbitrary Detention in Thailand.” Translated by Warisa Kitthikhunseri. Aan 4.2:104-113].

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2012. “Southern Thailand: Persistent Injustice and Extrajudicial Violence.” In Diminishing Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific. Edited by Anthony Regan and Edward Aspinall. London: Routledge. Pages 189-200.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2012. “Truth and Justice When Fear and Repression Remain: An Open Letter to Dr. Kanit Na Nakorn.” In Bangkok, May 2010: Perspectives on a Divided Thailand. Edited by Michael Montesano, Aekapol Chongvilaivan, and Pavin Chachavalpongpun. Singapore: Institute for Southeast Asian Studies. Pages 42-54.

ไทเรล ฮาเบอร์คอร์น. 2555l. “ผู้หญิงไม่สยบยอม: เอเธล โรเซนเบิร์ก-ดารณี ชาญเชิงศิลปกุล.” วริศา กิตติคุณเสรี, ผู้แปล, อ่าน 3.3, น. 47-66 [Tyrell Haberkorn. 2012. “Women Who Refuse to Bow Down: Ethel Rosenberg-Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul.” Translated by Warisa Kitthikhunseri. Aan 3.3:47-66].

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2008. “Notes Toward Marginal, Unrealized and Incomplete Thai Histories: A Response to Craig Reynolds.” Stance: The Thai Feminist Review 2 (November): 188-196.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2007. “At the Limits of Imagination: Ajarn Angun Malik and the Meanings of Politics.” Stance: The Thai Feminist Review 1 (August): 165-199.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2005.“Collusion and Influence Behind the Assassinations of Human Rights Defenders in Thailand.” article 2 4.2 (April): 58-63.

Recent Short Translations:

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2021. Constitutional Court Ruling No. 19/2564: A Selection of Documents. Justice in Translation 7. Justice in Southeast Asia Lab, UW-Madison.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2021. “The Murderous State. By Somchai Preechasinlapakun. The 101 World. 18 January.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2020. “All They Could Do To Us (An Excerpt).” By Prontip Mankong. Asian American Writers Workshop. 12 February.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2019. “A Judicial Killing.” By Teerapon Anmai. Mekong Teahouse. 3 April.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2019. “Anti-University.” By Thongchai Winichakul. Mekong Teahouse. 14 March.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2018. “Unforgettable, Unrememberable: The Thammasat Massacre in Thailand.” By Suchada Chakpisuth. Los Angeles Review of Books. 15 July.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2018. “The Duty of the Thai Man: My Trip to Postpone Military Service.” By Nontawat Machai. Prachatai. 7 July.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2017. “The Third Emergence of the People’s Party.” By Thanapol Eawsakul. The 101 World. 25 June.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2017. “A Professor Detained for His Thoughts.” By Yukti Mukdawijitra. 15 June.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2017. “The Prison Outside the Prison.” By Nidhi Eoseewong. 4 May.

Recent Public Writing:

Haberkorn, Tyrell and Thongchai Winichakul. 2021. “Thailand Must Free Hunger Strikers Now.” Co-authored with Thongchai Winichakul. Nikkei Asia. 25 April.

Thongchai Winichakul and Tyrell Haberkorn. 2021. “A censored thesis then a defamation lawsuit: academic freedom in Thailand.” New Mandala. 19 March.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2021. “Democracy Dreams: A Pedagogy of Struggle in Thailand.” Asian American Writers Workshop. 13 January.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2020. “The Fight for Democracy in Thailand.” Dissent. 21 October.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2019.“Thailand: The Playwright and the Junta.” Public Books. 25 November.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2019. “Back to Democracy.” Mekong Review. 20 March.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2019. “The fate of academic freedom in Thailand.” East Asia Forum. 10 January.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2018. “Writing against impunity and state violence in Thailand.” The Newsletter (International Institute for Asian Studies, Netherlands) No. 80: 19.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2018 . “Standing Up to a 171-Year Prison Sentence—For Facebook Posts.” Dissent. 7 February.

Tam, Gina and Tyrell Haberkorn. 2017. “How the Opposition is Silenced in Thailand and Hong Kong.” 15 September. Foreign Affairs.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2017. “A Lexicon of Repression in Thailand.” #AsiaNow. 14 June.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2017. “Court versus Crown in Thailand.” Dissent. Spring. 114-115.

Haberkorn, Tyrell. 2015. “Repression, Resistance, and the Law in Post-Coup Thailand.” Current History. September. 16-22.