Geoffrey Rathgeb Aung (Soe Lin Aung)

Geoffrey Rathgeb Aung (Soe Lin Aung)

Research Interest

Research Sub-interest

Political anthropology, political economy, and postcoloniality; infrastructure, logistics, and technopolitics


Southeast Asia, Southern Asia, the Indian Ocean; Burma (Myanmar), Thailand


Geoffrey Aung (Soe Lin Aung) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. His current project is an ethnographic study of the politics of infrastructure around a major cross-border special economic zone (SEZ) in southern Myanmar. His research has been supported by a three-year Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF), an additional NSF grant, a Wenner-Gren Foundation grant, and a previous Fulbright Scholarship. 


Columbia University, M.Phil., 2016

Columbia University, M.A., 2015

Columbia University, B.A., 2008

2019. "Reworking Bandung Internationalism: Decolonization and Postcolonial Futurism in Burma/Myanmar." Critical Asian Studies 51(2): 198-209.

2018. “Postcolonial Capitalism and the Politics of Dispossession: Political Trajectories in Southern Myanmar.” European Journal of East Asian Studies 17: 193-227.

2017. "The Thick and Thin of the Zone." In Stephen J. Collier, Antina von Schnitzler, and James Christopher Mizes eds., Public Infrastructures/Infrastructural Publics. Limn 7: 41-47.

2014. "The Friction of Cartography: On the Politics of Space and Mobility among Migrant Communities in the Thai-Burma Borderlands." Journal of Borderlands Studies 29(1): 27-45.