University of Wisconsin–Madison

Will Shattuck

Ph.D. Candidate

Research Areas

regional identity, global production networks, export agriculture, Southeast Asia

Current Research

My dissertation considers the significance of a series of protests staged in southern Thailand, particularly those at the Khuan Nong Hong Intersection (news coverage: English/Thaimap), around the issue of falling rubber prices in 2013. I study both how these events related to national political contexts, as well as how they revealed ways in which smallholder rubber farmers conceive of the factors underlying low rubber prices and in turn petition for solutions to improved household incomes -- through frames contending that the expanding footprint of rubber cultivation into other Thai regions has been geographically errant and through appeals to the central government for price floors and other forms of financial assistance, respectively. In conversation with literature in both economic and political geography, my dissertation contributes to ongoing debates centering on epistemological approaches to studying actors' roles within global production networks, particularly the origins of, and possibilities for, varied forms of agency.


Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant: Introduction to the City (2017), Living in the Global Environment (2017), Introduction to International Studies (2011, 2014), Global Poverty and Inequality (2012, 2014), Introduction to Human Geography (2013), Introduction to Agricultural Economics (2009, 2010)

Recent Publications

Shattuck, W. (2018) 'Appropriate-ing rubber: scalar translations in southern Thailand'. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. 39 (1), pp. 132-148.

Shattuck, W. (2017) 'From street protests to shadow plays: expressions of neglect in southern Thailand'. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Shattuck, W. (2017) 'Placing rubber: agro-regional performativity in southern Thailand'. Under review.

Awards and Honors

Hawai'i/Wisconsin Luce Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Fellowship for Research in Southeast Asia (2017, Cambodia and Laos)

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award (2015-2016, Thailand)

Center for Southeast Asian Studies Semester Fellowship (2012, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship (2010-2011, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Contact Information

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