“University-based National Resource Centers (i.e. SEAP) focused on key areas of the world, …are invaluable contributors to research and education, providing advanced language training and knowledge in the liberal arts and applied disciplines that relate to specific world regions. They serve to help U.S. students and scholars become more culturally competent and knowledgeable participants in the global economy.” ~ David Skorton, Cornell University President, in his essay appearing in "Letters to the Next President: Strengthening America's Foundation in Higher Education"
The Cornell Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) is a nationally recognized center of excellence for foreign language and area studies that focuses upon Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As an interdisciplinary program, SEAP operates at the nexus of such diverse fields as Agricultural Economics, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Economics, Government, History, History of Art, Linguistics, Management, Music, and Development Sociology.
SEAP was founded as an administrative unit of the Department of Asian Studies, and as such all faculty members jointly represent their discipline departments and the Field of Asian Studies. Today SEAP faculty includes seventeen core faculty, five emeritus professors, and three language lecturers.
SEAP currently has forty-five students in residence at Cornell, studying across fourteen disciplines and seven languages, all focused on Southeast Asia. Thirty-three of these are PhD candidates and ten are terminal Masters candidates. Another thirty-two students are in the field.
The Student Committee is dedicated to enhancing the quality of the academic and social environment of the Southeast Asia Program. The Committee is made up of graduate students from SEAP and their primary responsibilities are to plan the weekly Brown Bag Lecture Series, the annual Graduate Student Symposium, and the annual SEAP Spring Banquet. In addition, the Committee organizes other lectures, films, and special events and assists faculty and staff with special programs throughout the academic year.
The depth, variety, and originality of Southeast Asia-related courses make Cornell an ideal place to study Southeast Asia.
SEAP is pleased to invite Southeast Asia area scholars from a wide array of disciplines to become affiliated with the Southeast Asia Program either through our Faculty Associates in Research (FAR) Program, available to Southeast Asian specialists at educational institutions throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania, or through our Visiting Fellows in Residence Program, available to scholars both national and international.
In an effort to forge collaborative relationships with Southeast Asian specialists at educational institutions throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania, SEAP invites area scholars to join our Faculty Associates in Research (FAR) Program.