Soksamphoas Im

Associate Director, Asian Studies Center, MSU

(Ph.D., Political Science; University of Hawaii at Manoa). Dr. Soksamphoas Im is currently the Associate Director of the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University. Dr. Im’s research focuses on Southeast Asia with an emphasis on Cambodia. Her research interests lie in the fields of comparative, authoritarian politics, political strategies, social welfare policies, and Cambodia-China relations. Her current research strives to demonstrate how the long-ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) implemented various concrete reforms to improve the image of its government, thus, promoting its legitimacy and strengthening its autocratic regime. Her writings have appeared in journals such as Research on Ageing and Social Policy, Journal of Industrial Relations, Asian Politics & Policy, Annals of Tourism Research Empirical Insights, Asian Studies Review, and forthcoming in Routledge Handbook of Autocratization in Southeast Asia, Politics & Policy, Pacific Affairs, and Southeast Asian Studies. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Im was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Khmer Studies, and a Senior Analyst at Clinton Health Access Initiative.