Pon Souvannaseng is Assistant Professor of Global Studies at Bentley University. A political economist by training, her research examines state and business behavior in global infrastructure competition and its social, environmental and fiscal implications. Her work examines these dynamics through the intersection of private and public sector actors in comparative global infrastructure lending and energy development in Asia and Africa. She is particularly interested in state-capital market interactions in the financialization of infrastructure and South-South asymmetric dependency.
She believes in the importance and value of cross-disciplinary research in addressing developmental and environmental challenges. Pon has a strong interest in how the political economy of development, international affairs, and environment and energy research intersect.
Pon is a Mansfield-Luce Asia Fellow 2020-20201, APSA Asia Scholar 2019- 2021, and a Visiting Fellow of the East-West Center, Washington DC. Her research has been funded by Fulbright and UKRI grants.
She has served as a researcher at the UN Research Institute for Social Development and as a former Fellow at University College London. She is a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Crisis Studies & Mitigation at the University of Manchester. Souvannaseng is a member of the Executive Committee and serves as Reviews Editor for the Association for Southeast Asian Studies (UK). She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Contact:
Department of Global Studies
229 Morrison Hall