Oren Samet is a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on opposition parties, civil society, and authoritarianism, particularly in Southeast Asia. Before starting at Berkeley, he was based in Bangkok, Thailand, where he served as the Research and Advocacy Director of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), working with politicians and civil society leaders to address human rights issues across Southeast Asia. He previously worked as a Junior Fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and holds a B.A. Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.