Tamara Loos is professor of history and Asian studies. Her most recent book, Bones around My Neck: The Life and Exile of a Prince Provocateur (2016), tells the story of Prince Prisdang Chumsai (1852–1935). He served as Siam’s first diplomat to Europe during the most dramatic moment of Siam’s political history, when its independence was threatened by European imperialism. Despite serving with patriotic zeal, he suffered irreparable social and political ruin based on rumors about fiscal corruption, sexual immorality, and political treason.
Current Projects: History of marriage in Siam, the politics and sexuality of French sex radical René Guyon in Asia, and the athleticism-asceticism connection extreme sports
Key Networks: Association of Asian Studies, Thammasat University, Kyoto University
Topics of Interest: History of Thailand, sexuality and gender, life writing, the role of emotions and narrative in history, and extreme sports