Michael Aung-Thwin, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Tel (808) 956-5962, Email:aungthwi@hawaii.edu

Educational Background

  • B.A., Doane College, 1969
  • M.A., University of Illinois, 1971
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1976


Dr. Aung-Thwin is Professor of Asian Studies and Chair of the Asian Studies Program of UH Manoa. His research specializations are on the history of Myanmar, myth and historiography of early Myanmar, the classical states of Southeast Asia.


  • ASAN 310: Asian Humanities
  • ASAN 486: Contemporary Vietnam
  • ASAN 491S: Making of Modern Burma
  • ASAN 491S: Burmese History and Culture
  • ASAN 600: Seminar on South and Southeast Asia
  • ASAN 620: Asia Through Fiction


  • Paradigms, Primary Sources and Prejudices: selected for Choice List of Outstanding Academic Books of 1998
  • Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
  • John D. Rockefeller III Fellowship
  • Social Science Research Council/American Council of Learned Societies Fellow.

Selected Publications

Books -

  • A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times: Traditions and Transformations [with Maitrii Aung-Thwin] (London, Reaktion Books, 2012).
  • New Perspectives in the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia: Continuing Explorations, With Kenneth R. Hall (London, Routledge Press, 2011).
  • The Mists of Ramanna: The Legend that Was Lower Burma(Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 2005).
  • Pagan: The Origins of Modern Burma. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 1985.

Articles -

  • “Ava and Pegu: A Tale of Two Kingdoms,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 42, no. 1 (2011), pp. 1-16.
  • “A New/Old Look at ‘Classical’ and ‘Post-Classical’ Southeast Asia,” in New Perspectives in the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia: Continuing Explorations, edited by Michael Aung-Thwin and Kenneth R. Hall (London, Routledge, 2011), pp. 25-55.
  • “Continuing, Re-emerging, and Emerging Trends in Southeast Asian History,” Sogang University, Institute for East Asian Studies, Seoul, Korea, (2010).
  • “Of Monarchs, Monks, and Men: Religion and the State in Myanmar,”Asia Research Institute Working Paper Series, no. 127, December 2009, 7-31.
  • “Mranma Pran: When Context Encounters Notion,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 39, no. 2 (June 2008), pp. 193-217.
  • “Review of Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Burma.” Edited by Mikael Gravers. Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2007) inPacific Affairs, vol. 80, no. 4 (Fall 2007).
  • Paradigms, Primary Sources, and Prejudices: Myth and History in the Historiography of Early Burma. Ohio University Press and ISEAS, Singapore, (selected for Choices List of Outstanding Academic Books of 1998).
  • Cities of Early Burma in Myanmar: Spirit of the East. Co and Bear Productions, England, 1997.
  • Hmnannan Mahayazawindawgyi In Making History: A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing, Garland Publishing, 1997.
  • “The Myth of the ‘Three Shan Brothers’ and the Ava Period in Burmese History,” Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 55, no. 4, November 1996. Pp. 881-901.