Basic Information


Noah Keone VIERNES


Associate Professor



E-Mail Address

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Research Field

Social Movements, Political Theory, Transnational Studies, Visual Culture, Thai Studies, Southeast Asian Studies

Recent Activities

I joined the AIU's Global Studies faculty in the Fall of 2013 and oversee the development and completion of Senior-level capstone writing projects. I have also developed new courses, such as Social Movements & Democratization, Visual Politics, and Politics and Society in Southeast Asia, which are closely aligned with my current writing projects. My recent work addresses the Red Shirt protests in Thailand in New Political Science 37(1): 118-140, 2015) and Thai film as cartographic in South East Asia Research 21(2): 237-255, 2013). I also write on the politics of writing beyond my region of expertise, for example in pieces on Svetlana Alexievich’s creative non-fiction or Hassan Blasim's fictional short stories about war.

Message to Students

My approach to teaching is based on a) the development of theoretical and empirical tools through which course materials apply to events and realities beyond the classroom and b) to provoke interest in the political dynamics of our everyday lives. As an educator, I believe that we need to rethink the ways we address "your" world in order to engage the ways you will inevitably change it.

Degree Earned 【 display / non-display

  • PhD , Political Science, University of Hawai`i at Månoa, 2012/05

  • MA, Political Science, Roosevelt University, 2005/05

  • BA, Political Science, Political Science, Indiana University, 1999/12

Professional Career On-Campus 【 display / non-display

  • Akita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts Global Studies Program (Ryoiki), Associate Professor, 2021/04 -

  • Akita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts Global Studies Program (Katei), Associate Professor, 2018/04 - 2021/03

  • Akita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts Global Studies Program (Katei), Assistant Professor, 2013/09 - 2018/03

External Career 【 display / non-display

  • University of Hawai`i, Hilo Department of Political Science, Full-time Instructor, 2012/04 - 2013/03

  • University of Hawai`i at Manoa Department of Political Science, Part-time Instructor, 2006/04 - 2012/03

  • Roosevelt University Department of Public Policy, Research Assistant, 2004/04 - 2005/03

  • Roosevelt University Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, Research Assistant, 2003/04 - 2004/03

Academic Society Affiliations 【 display / non-display

  • Association of Asian Studies, 1900/04 - , JAPAN

  • International Studies Association, 1900/04 - , JAPAN

  • Thai Writer-Translator Directory, 1900/04 - , JAPAN


Academic Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Drones, Cinema and other Protest Cameras in Thailand, The Aesthetics of Global Protest: Visual Culture and Communication (p.171 - 190) , 2019/11, Noah Viernes (Edited by Aidan McGarry, Itir Erhart, Hande Eslen-Ziya, Olu Jenzen, and Umut Korkut)

    Research paper (scientific journal), Multiple Authorship, English

  • Unresolved Subjects in the Cinema of Statelessness, Review of Human Rights, vol.5 (1) (p.1 - 17) , 2019/10, Noah Viernes

    DOI:10.35994/rhr.v5i1.90, Research paper (scientific journal), Single Author, English

  • The Poetics of Recording: Zakariya Amataya in Thailand, Journal of Narrative Politics, vol.2 (2) (p.145 - 159) , 2016/03, Noah Viernes

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Author, English

  • The Aesthetics of Protest: Street Politics and Urban Physiology in Bangkok, New Political Science, vol.37 (1) (p.118 - 140) , 2015/03, Noah Viernes

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Author, English

  • The Magistrate is the Muse: Law and Visual Economy in Bangkok, International Journal for the Semiotics of the Law, vol.27 (1) (p.27 - 46) , 2014/03, Noah Viernes

    DOI:10.1007/s11196-013-9318-9, Research paper (scientific journal), Single Author, English

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Books 【 display / non-display

  • Readings for Academic Writing, AIU Press, 2016, Clay Williams, Rachael Ruegg, Naoko Araki, Mary Frances Agnello, Paul Chamness Miller, LIndsay DeWitt

    Textbook, Multiple Authorship , English

Presentations 【 display / non-display

  • 13th International Conference on Thai Studies, International Conference, 2017/07, Oral Presentation (general)


On-Campus Classes/Subjects In Charge of 【 display / non-display

  • 2021, Fall, GSP493-5_F, Seminar in Transnational Studies

  • 2021, Fall, PLS220-1_F, Introduction to Political Thought

  • 2021, Fall, PLS385-1_F, Social Movements

  • 2021, Spring, PLS367-1_S, Politics and Society in Southeast Asia

  • 2021, Spring, GSP493-1_S, Seminar in Transnational Studies

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