Trained as an architect, urban designer, historian and ethnographic filmmaker, Non Arkaraprasertkul received his MA and PhD in Anthropology from Harvard in 2015 and 2016, respectively. He has published widely in the fields of urban studies, architectural history, and urban anthropology. His research interest lies in the crossroad of transdiscliplinary research between architecture and the social sciences. In the spring of 2013, he served as Distinguished (Visiting) Gibbons Professor of Architecture at the University of South Florida (USF). Previously, he was a visiting lecturer in Architecture and Urban Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2007–2008, and an adjunct professor in Modern Chinese History at Lesley University from 2012 to present.
He has master's degrees in history, theory, criticism of architecture, and architecture and urban design from MIT, and Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford. He was previously based at Fudan University as Harvard-China Council Exchange Scholar and at Harvard Shanghai Center as Harvard Asian Center Affiliate conducting his doctoral research "Locating Shanghai: Globalization, Heritage Industry, and the Political Economy of Urban Space." He is currently an affiliated faculty at the Faculty of Architecture, Planning, and Design at the University of Sydney where he will commence his Senior Lecturership in Urbanism in the Spring of 2017.
From September 2016 to March 2017, he will serve as Expert-In-Residence in Urban Anthropology and Urbanization at IDEO, a world-renowned global design consultancy to help some of the most talented designers of our time think, re-engineer, and synergize groundbreaking ideas centered around the notion of anthropology as a key thinking tool while conducting ethnographic research under the "anthropology of design" theme.