Tomas Larsson received a PhD in Government from Cornell University in 2007. His award-winning dissertation was revised and published by Cornell University Press (Land and loyalty: Security and the development of property rights in Thailand, 2012). For the past 10 years, he has taught Southeast Asian and comparative politics to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Cambridge. His recent research has focused on the politics of GMOs, on Buddhism and politics, and on state formation in Southeast Asia. From 1990 to 2000, he worked as a journalist based in Thailand.