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Ryadi Adityavarman

Ryadi Adityavarman

Kansas State University

Ryadi Adityavarman is an Associate Professor in Interior Architecture and Product Design at Kansas State University. Adityavarman has a multidisciplinary academic background including architecture, interior design, and historic preservation with professional practice experience in international projects from furniture to large scale building design.

Matthew H. Amster

Matthew Amster

Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College

I am a cultural anthropologist and filmmaker with extensive experience working in Borneo and, more recently, have started a new project doing research in Denmark. My research in Borneo was among the Kelabit of Sarawak, where I conducted fieldwork in both in both rural and urban settings, exploring many facets of Kelabit life, with special focus on religious conversion and change, urban ethnicity, gossip and social networks, the key role of the international border in Kelabit rural life.

Brian Arnold 2015

Brian Arnold

Associate Professor of Photography, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University

Brian Arnold is a photographer, educator, and musician. With his photography, Brian continues to work with traditional black and white techniques and darkroom processes, often combining them with contemporary digital techniques. He teaches photography and has taught abroad and in the United States.

Randolph Barker

Randolph Barker

Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Economics and Asian Studies

Randy Barker is Professor Emeritus from Cornell University in the Department of Applied Economics and Management (formerly Ag. Econ.). He has spent approximately half of his career conducting research and teaching in Asia. He served for thirteen years at the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Philippines (1966-78 and 2007 -2008) and nine years at the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka (1995-2004).

Victoria Beard

Victoria Beard

Associate Professor, Einaudi International Faculty Fellow, City & Regional Planning

Victoria Beard's research and teaching focus is on international urbanization and planning. More specifically, she is interested in the relationship between community-based planning and poverty in the global south. Her research explores the intersection of collective action, social movements, transnational processes, and planning. Beard has two ongoing research projects. One examines community-based planning and poverty alleviation in Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. The other examines transnational community-based planning in Southern California and Oaxaca.

A. Beban

Alice Beban

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Wendy Wilford

Discipline: Development Sociology

Christopher Bjork

Christopher Bjork

Professor, Vassar College

Christopher Bjork earned his B.A. in English and his M.A. in liberal studies from Wesleyan University. He completed his Ph.D. in educational anthropology at Stanford University. Certified to teach both elementary and secondary school, he has worked as a classroom teacher in Japan and the United States.

Anne Blackburn

Anne Blackburn

Professor of South Asian Studies and Buddhist Studies

Anne M. Blackburn is Professor of South Asia Studies and Buddhist Studies in the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University, and Director of the Cornell University South Asia Program. She taught at the University of South Carolina before joining Cornell's faculty. She received her BA from Swarthmore College, and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago.

Ryan Buyco

Ryan Buyco

Kahin Center Building Coordinator

 

Email: kahinbuildingmngr@einaudi.cornell.edu

SEAP graduate student profile page: https://seap.einaudi.cornell.edu/person/ryan-buyco

 

Ryan Buyco

Ryan Buyco

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: Dr. Naoki Sakai

Discipline: Department of Asian Studies

Primary Language: Tagalog, Japanese

Research Countries: Philippines, Japan (Okinawa)

Thak Chaloemtiarana

Thak Chaloemtiarana

Professor, Graduate School

Professor Thak Chaloemtiarana retired from the Department of Asian Studies, and as Director of the Southeast Asia Program in 2010. He retains appointments in the Graduate School in the fields of Asian literature, religion and culture, and Asian Studies. He continues to serve on graduate student committees and teaches the Thailand country seminar with Professor Tamara Loos.

J. Chia

Jack Meng-Tat Chia

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Eric Tagliacozzo

Discipline: History

Primary Language: Indonesian

Research Countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore

Research Interests: Southeast Asia-China Interactions
Abigail Cohn

Abigail Cohn

Professor of Linguistics, Director of Undergraduate Studies

My research focuses primarily on phonetics and phonology and their interaction. Often, phonetics and phonology are viewed as distinct areas of study. Yet there is an implicit relationship between phonology --the abstract representation and patterning of sounds as part of a sound system, and phonetics-- the physical output. The nature of this relationship has been at the center of my current research, in which I have investigated both processes and representations within phonology and phonetics.

B. Coleman

Benjamin Coleman

Degree Pursued: MRP

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017

Committee chair/advisor: John Forester

Discipline: City and Regional Planning

Primary Language: Tagalog

Research Country: Philippines

Research Interest: Disaster Planning, Risk Mitigation, Metro Manila

Carol Colfer giving keynote address at IUFRO 2014 World Congress

Carol Colfer

Visiting Fellow, CIIFAD, Cornell University, Senior Associate, Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia

Carol Colfer is a Senior Associate (anthropologist) with CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia); and a Visiting Fellow at CIIFAD (Cornell Institute for  International Food and Agricultural Development) at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She has long, ethnographic experience in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States; and global, forest-related experience in criteria and indicators, adaptive collaborative management and governance.

Fred Conner

Fred Conner

Publications Assistant

Email: flc2@cornell.edu

Phone: (607) 255-4359

 

 

Cathrene Connery

Cathrene Connery

Senior Lecturer, Central Washington University

M. Cathrene Connery, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Education at Central Washington University. A bilingual educator, researcher and advocate, she has drawn on her visual arts education as a painter to inform her research and professional activities in language, literacy, and sociocultural studies. Connery has presented on theoretical, pedagogic, and programmatic concerns surrounding the education of culturally and linguistically diverse children in the United States for the more than 25 years.

Alexandra Dalferro

Alexandra Dalferro

Degree Pursued: PhD

Committee chair/advisor: Marina Welker

Discipline: Anthropology

Primary Language: Thai, Cambodia

Research Countries: Thailand

Research Interests: textiles (silk weaving), materiality, sensory ethnography, critical heritage studies, museology, nationalism and identity, khmer communities in thailand

 

 

 

 

R.D Minarchek

Rebakah Daro Minarchek

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Dr. Max Pfeffer

Discipline: Development Sociology

Primary Language: Indonesian, Thai

Research Countries: Indonesia

Research Interests: Agriculture; political economy; gender; land tenure; land/forest rights; community mapping; Sunda

Sebastian Dettman

Sebastian Dettman

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Tom Pepinsky

Discipline: Government

Primary Language: Indonesian

Research Countries: Indonesia

Research Interests: Comparative politics, political parties, elections, and subnational comparative research

Natalia Di Pietrantonio

Natalia Di Pietrantonio

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Iftikhar Dadi & Kaja McGowan

Discipline: History of Art

Research Interests: Islamic art, Cross-cultural dimensions of Southeast and South Asian art, Marginalia, Indo-Islamic history, Erotica, Gender & Sexuality Studies. My dissertation is tentatively tiled "Visions of Desire: The Art of Awadh's Court, 1754-1857.

Cindy Dickinson

Cynthia Dickinson

Distribution & Business Manager

 

Email: cld227cornell.edu

Phone: 607-255-8038

Sarah Dougherty

Sarah Dougherty

Degree Pursued: MRP

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016

Committee chair/advisor: Neema Kudva/ Stephen Schmidt

Discipline: City and Regional Planning

Primary Language: Indonesian, Spanish

Research Countries: Indonesia

Michael Dunaway

Michael Dunaway

Degree Pursued: PhD

Committee chair/advisor: Karim Kassam

Discipline: Natural Resources

Primary Language: Indonesian 

Research Countries: Malaysia 

 

Hoa Duong

Hoa Duong

Degree Pursued: PhD

Discipline: Government

Research Countries: Vietnam 

Research Interests: Politics of Public Finance; Taxation; Political Compliance; Law and Society; Vietnam; Developing Economies 

Pilipa Esara

Pilapa Esara

Associate Professor, SUNY - Brockport

Areas of Specialization

Issues of displacement and refugee resettlement; ethnographic documentary production; gender inequality and social difference; social practices of marriage and intimacy; processes of migration and identity negotiations; economic development and globalization; Asia and its diasporas

Hilary Faxon

Hilary Faxon

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2019-2020

Committee chair/advisor: Wendy Wolford

Discipline: Development Sociology

Primary Language: Burmese, French, Spanish

Research Countries: Myanmar/Burma, Bhutan, Northeast India

Research Interests: Social movements and state formation in contemporary Myanmar

Sean Fear

Sean Fear

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: Summer 2016

Committee chair/advisor: Fredrik Logevall

Discipline: History

Primary Language: Vietnamese

Research Countries: Vietnam

Research Interests: Vietnam War, Contemporary Vietnam

Mattias Fibiger

Mattias Fibiger

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2019

Committee chair/advisor: Fredrik Logevall

Discipline: History

Primary Language: Indonesian, Malay

Research Countries: Indonesia

Thamora Fishel Fall reception 2013

Thamora Fishel

Associate Director

 

Email: tfishel@cornell.edu

Phone: (607) 255-8902

Magnus Fiskesjö

Magnus Fiskesjö

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Professor Magnus Fiskesjö is an associate professor of Anthropology at Cornell. His current research concerns ethnic relations and political anthropology in China and Southeast Asia. Some of my research and teaching interests are: Historical and political anthropology; civilizations and barbarians; sovereignty, citizenship, state formations; autonomy and dependence; ethno-politics, ethnicity and ethnonymy in interethnic relations, cultural heritage and archaeology, museums and modernity, East and Southeast Asia (China, Burma, etc.)

Brenna Fitzgerald

Brenna Fitzgerald

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Email: bef7@cornell.edu

Phone: (607) 255-6688 

Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley

Degree Pursued: PhD

Discipline: Government

Primary Language: Chinese

Secondary Languages: Burmese, Indonesian

Research Countries: Indonesia, Burma, China, Thailand

Research Interests: Comparitive political economy

 

Chiara Formichi

Chiara Formichi

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

Trained in classical Islamic studies and the history of Islam in Indonesia - in Italy (University of Rome) and London (SOAS) respectively. Formichi has held positions in Singapore (post-doctoral fellow at the Asia Research Institute), Leiden (research fellow at the KITLV), and at the City University of Hong Kong (as Assistant Professor in Asian and International Studies, and Associate Director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre, SEARC).

Lin Fu

Lin Fu

Degree Pursued:  PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2015-2016

Primary Language: Indonesian

Arnika Fuhrmann

Arnika Fuhrmann

Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies

Jennifer Gaynor

Jennifer Gaynor

Assistant Professor, University of Buffalo - SUNY

Research Interests

Social and cultural history of modern Indonesia and maritime Southeast Asia, historiography and the intersections of history and anthropology

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Ritwick Ghosh

Degree Pursued: PhD
 

Anticipated Degree Year:  2017

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Professor, University of Rochester

Professor Gibson’s first field research project concerned the relationship between the egalitarian and pacifist values of the Buid, an indigenous people inhabiting the highlands of Mindoro, Philippines, and the hierarchical and aggressive values of the Christian and Muslim societies found in the lowlands (1986).  He followed this up with a comparative study of attitudes toward violence and aggression among shifting cultivators throughout Southeast Asia, showing that they varied according to historical exposure of different groups to raiding by lowland and coastal societies (1990).

Giovine, Allegra

Allegra Giovine

 

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: Dr. Naoki Sakai

Discipline: Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania/Exchange Scholar Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University 2015-2016

Primary Language: Burmese

Research Countries: Burma

Jenny Goldstein

Jenny Goldstein

Post-Doc Fellow

Jenny Goldstein is currently a postdoctoral associate with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, based in the Science and Technology Studies Dept. In 2015, she received her PhD in Geography from UCLA. She is broadly interested in the relationships between economic development, tropical land use, and climate change politics. She has conducted qualitative research on the history of socio-ecological landscape change following large-scale agricultural development in Central Kalimantan (Indonesia).

Timothy Gorman

Timothy Gorman

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2015-2016

Committee chair/advisor: Wendy Wolford

Discipline: Development Sociology

Primary Language: Vietnamese

Research Countries: Vietnam

Gregory Green

Gregory Green

Curator, Echols Collection on Southeast Asia

Before taking on the position of Curator of the John M. Echols Collection on Southeast Asia Green worked at Northern Illinois University Libraries in a similar position as Curator of the Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection. Prior to his time at NIU, he worked at Arizona State University Libraries as the Southeast Asia Bibliographer while attending the University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science.

Sarah Grossman 2015

Sarah Grossman

Managing Editor, SEAP/CMIP Publications

Email: seappublications@cornell.edu

Phone: (607) 255-4359

Fax: (607) 255-4359

 

 

Jack Harris

Jack Harris

Professor, Hobart & William Smith College

I have been studying men and masculinity in Vietnam for many years, and have expanded into looking at the experience of Vietnamese as they go through massive economic and social change. In addition I am an applied sociologist and consult to local governments across the United States on business process reengineering, change management, and municipal information technology.

Martin Hatch

Martin Hatch

Professor Emeritus, Music

From 1980 until his retirement in 2011, Martin Hatch initiated and taught courses in music and musical traditions of Africa and Asia, elementary music theory, the history of American music, and ethnomusicology, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in Cornell University’s Department of Music and Department of Asian Studies.

Nina Hein

Nina Hien

Adjunct Instructor, The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU; Adjunct Associate Professor, Online B.A. in Communication & Media, School of Professional Studies, CUNY

Nina Hien, a cultural anthropologist, specializes in media studies, visual cultures and art worlds in global, regional, national and urban contexts, particularly Southeast Asia, the United States and Vietnam, where she has conducted extensive ethnographic research. Her teaching approach is interdisciplinary and experimental, often integrating ethnographic methods and assignments into her classes.

Emily Hong Setton

Emily Hong

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Annelise Riles

Oradi Inkhong

Oradi Inkhong

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2019

Committee chair/advisor: Marina Welker

Discipline: Department of Anthropology

Primary Language: Thai, Burmese

Research Countries: Thailand and Burma

Research Interests: tbd

Maggie Jack

Maggie Jack

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2019

Committee chair/advisor: Steve Jackson

Discipline: Information Science

Primary Language: Khmer

Research Countries: Cambodia

Ngampit Jagacinski

Ngampit Jagacinski

Senior Lecturer - Thai

Ngampit Jagacinski received both her Ph.D. and MA in Chinese Linguistics at Ohio State University, and has been teaching Thai language in the Department of Asian Studies since 2000. Her teaching and research interests are the language, culture and history of Bangkok area as well as north and northeastern regions of Thailand.                              

Mariangela Jordan

Mariangela Jordan

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: Dr. Magnus Fiskesjö

Discipline: Anthropology

Carissa Kang

Carissa Kang

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Barbara Lust

Discipline: Human Ecology/Human Development (minor Cognitive Science)

Robin Karlin

Robin Karlin

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017

Committee chair/advisor: Draga Zec, Abby Cohn

Discipline: Linguistics

Nori Katagiri

Nori Katagiri

Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University

Dr. Nori Katagiri is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Saint Louis University. He teaches and conducts research on international relations, security studies, and East Asia.

C. Keating

Corey Keating

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: David Yearsley

Neal Keating

Neal Keating

Associate Professor, SUNY - Brockport

Areas of Specialization: Political ecology and historical ethnography, Indigeneity, globalization, human rights, expressive culture; Southeast Asia, Northeastern North America, and Central America.

Current Research Projects:

Yu Yu Khaing

Yu Yu Khaing

Lecturer - Burmese

Yu Yu Khaing received her BA in English Language and Literature from Dagon University in 2004, and a Diploma in ELT Methodology from the Yangon Institute of Education in 2012. She also studied Chinese to Intermediate level at the University of Foreign Languages in 2002.

Ferdinan

Ferdinan Kurniawan

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Abby Cohn

Sarosh Kuruvilla

Sarosh Kuruvilla

Professor of Industrial & Labor Relations

Sarosh Kuruvilla is currently Professor of Industrial Relations, Asian Studies and Public Affairs at Cornell University. He is also a Visiting Professor of Employment Relations and Organizational Behaviour at the London School of Economics. He joined Cornell's faculty in 1990 after obtaining a doctorate in business administration from the University of Iowa in 1989, and after a career as a labor relations manager in the industry in India.

Ting Hui Lau

Ting Hui Lau

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: Magnus Fiskesjo

Discipline: Anthropology

Primary Language: Burmese, Chinese

Research Countries: Burma (Myanmar), China

Yoke Lee Lee

Yoke Lee Lee

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018

Committee chair/advisor: Barbara Knuth

Discipline: Natural Resources

Primary Language: Malay, Cantonese

Research Countries: Malaysia

Research Interests: Spatial dimensions of conflict in Peninsular Malaysian coastal fisheries and options for institutional response

Tamara Loos

Tamara Loos

Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies

Ken MacLean

Ken MacLean

Associate Professor, Clark University

Ken MacLean is an Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change, and a faculty member at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology (University of Michigan 2005), a M.S. in Environment Justice (School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Michigan 2004), and a B.A. in Anthropology (Princeton University, 1990). Before coming to Clark University, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Comparative and International Studies (Emory University, 2005-2007).

Kaja McGowan

Kaja McGowan

Associate Professor, History of Art; Director, Southeast Asia Program

Research Focus: Southeast Asia, Indonesia, gender studies, colonialism, landscape and the human body, material culture.

Andrew Mertha

Andrew Mertha

Professor of Government

Andrew Mertha is professor of government, specializing in Chinese and Cambodian politics, particularly on political institutions, the policy process, and the exercise of power. He is a core faculty member in the Cornell East Asia Program and the Cornell Southeast Asia Program. He is also the Director of the China and Asia Pacific Studies Program.

Christopher Miller

Christopher Miller

Senior Lecturer - Music

Christopher J. Miller is a scholar and musician whose interests and activities revolve around two points of focus: experimental music, and the music of Indonesia, especially Central Javanese gamelan.

Matthew Minarchek

Matthew Minarchek

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Eric Tagliacozzo

Discipline: History

Sudarat Musikawong

Sudarat Musikawong

Associate Professor, Siena College

I believe in my students and advocate for learning in and outside the classroom. I teach Social Impact of Mass Media, Global Cities: Urban Sociology, Globalization/International Studies, Sociology of Southeast Asia, Qualitative Research Methods, US Immigration & International Migration, and Sociological Theory.

Chaturong Napathorn

Chaturong Napathorn

Degree Pursued:  PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Prof. Rosemary Batt/ Prof. Sarosh Kuruvilla

Phi Van Nguyen

Phi Vân Nguyen

Postdoctoral fellow of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Swiss National Foundation for Scientific Research

Phi Vân Nguyen was trained in international relations (Graduate Institute in Geneva), Southeast Asia studies (SOAS, London) and History (UQÀM, Montréal). She recently completed her dissertation on the 1954 Northern refugees in the Republic of Vietnam. Her research interest focuses on war, migration, religion and politics and she is preparing a book manuscript on the significance of the 1954 migration for Vietnamese nationalism from 1954 to 1975.

Betty Nguyen

Betty Chau Nguyen

Administrative Assistant

Email: cmn82@cornell.edu

Phone: 607-255-2378

 

Linh Nguyen

Linh Nguyen

PhD Candidate Syracuse University. Department of Anthropology

Linh Nguyen is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University and a Bucerius fellow at Zeit-Stiftung Foundation. She is originally from Vietnam and came to the U.S. for undergraduate study at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as a Freeman scholar. She graduated summa cum laude with high honors in Sociology.

S. Osterreich

Shaianne Osterreich

Associate Professor and Ithaca Seminar Coordinator, Department of Economics, Ithaca College

Shaianne Osterreich is an associate professor of economics at Ithaca College. Her research interests are international trade, poverty alleviation, and gender, and she has been working on/with Indonesia since 2006. In 2005-2006 she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. As a visiting fellow, she is working on the linkages between Indonesian manufacturing and the Decent Work agenda, put forth by the ILO and the Government of Indonesia.

Stanley O'Connor

Stanley O`Connor

Professor Emeritus, Art History & Asian Studies

In 1964, even before he completed the Ph.D., Stan was invited to become an in­structor in the Department of the History of Art; this was the first university-level appointment in America of a specialist in the field of Southeast Asian art. The next year he was appointed assistant professor, and just two years later, promoted to asso­ciate professor, after which, in four years rather than the usual five, he was, in 1971, appointed full professor. Contrary to the usual stereotype of an art historian, he was an excellent administrator.

Jolanda Pandin

Jolanda Pandin

Senior Lecturer - Indonesian

Ms. Pandin received her MSc. from the Department of Life Sciences Communication in 2001 and her M.A. in the Southeast Asian Studies Program in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the Department of Asian Studies in August 2006.

J. Park

Jinyoung Park

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Sarosh Kuruvilla

Discipline: International Comparative Labor

Primary Language: Burmese

Kosal Path

Kosal Path

Assistant Professor, Brooklyn College - CUNY

Kosal Path is assistant professor of political science. He is a survivor of the Cambodian genocide (1975-79). As a researcher for the Cambodian Genocide Program at Yale University and the Documentation Center of Cambodia from 1995 to 2000, he took part in documenting the atrocities committed by the Pol Pot regime. From 2009 to 2011, he taught international relations at the University of Southern California where he received an award of excellence in teaching international relations.

Thomas Pepinsky

Thomas Pepinsky

Associate Professor of Government

Pepinsky is an associate professor in the Department of Government department and a member of the Southeast Asia Program. He studies comparative politics and political economy, with a focus on emerging market economies in Southeast Asia. Here at Cornell Pepinsky also serves as Director of the International Political Economy Program and the Associate Director of the Cornell Modern Indonesia Project. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2007.

Vinh Pham

Vinh Pham

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2020

Committee chair/advisor: Prof. Andrea Bachner

Discipline: Department of Comparative Literature

Primary Language: Vietnamese, French, German, Spanish

Research Countries: Philippines, Vietnam

Research Interests: 19th and 20th Century Comparative Literature

Hannah Phan

Hannah Phan

Senior Lecturer - Khmer

Ms. Phan received her MA. from the Professional Studies program for International Development in 1998 from Cornell University.

Chairat Polmuk

Chairat Polmuk

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Professor Arnika Fuhrmann

D. Preechrush

Dulyapak Preecharush

Assistant Professor, Southeast Asian Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University

Dulyapak Preecharush is an assistant professor of Southeast Asian Studies, at the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Thammasat University. His research interests are comparative politics and diplomacy in Southeast Asia as well as the growing interconnectedness between Southeast Asia and neighboring regions, including South Asia and East Asia.

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Anissa Rahadiningtyas

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year:  2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: Kaja McGowan

Discipline:  Art History

Primary Language: Indonesian

Research Countries:  Indonesia

Katie Rainwater

Katie Rainwater

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Lindy Williams & Shelley Feldman

Matt Reeder

Matt Reeder

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Tamara Loos

Nicole Reisnour

Nicole Reisnour

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2015-2016

Committee chair/advisor: Martin Hatch

Alison Remillard

Alison Remillard

Degree Pursued: PhD

Committee chair/advisor: S. Villenas, M. Fiskesjo, L. Williams

Discipline: Department of Education

Primary Language: Burmese

Research Country: Burma/Myanmar

Maria Theresa Savella

Maria Theresa Savella

Senior Lecturer - Tagalog

Maria Theresa Savella, an ABD (linguistics at Cornell), teaches all levels of Tagalog. She is co-author with John Wolff and Der-Hwa Rau: Filipino Through Self-Instruction (1991, revised 2005), a four-volume textbook that contains sufficient teaching materials for four semesters of semi-intensive Tagalog instruction from the beginning to the intermediate level. She and Professor Wolff also compiled reading materials in a Tagalog Reader for the intermediate and advanced levels.

Santi Saypanya

Santi Saypanya

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2015-2016

Guo-Quan Seng

Guo-Quan Seng

Post-doctoral Fellow, National University of Singapore

Guo-Quan Seng's dissertation project "The Creole Chinese Family: Private Property, Family Law, and the Practice of Kinship in Dutch Colonial Java, 1830–1942, "examines how Chinese sojourners and settlers  in British Malaya and the Dutch East Indies negotiated their family life-strategies within the realm of colonial law, and how, in turn, colonial  reformers bargained modernizing reforms in the domain of "Chinese  family/private law" between the 1880s and 1930s.

Annie Sheng

Annie Sheng

Degree Pursued: PhD

Committee chair/advisor: Magnus Fiskesjö

James Siegel

Professor Emeritus, Anthropology and Asian Studies

Professor James Siegel retired from full-time teaching in 2007. He is the last of the second generation SEAP faculty to retire. And like other emeritus SEAP faculty, he retains an office at the Kahin Center and is available to help mentor future scholars of Southeast Asia. Jim will join the ranks of Stan O’Connor, John Wolff, and Audrey Kahin who maintain offices at the Kahin Center. 

Ermin Sinanovic

Ermin Sinanovic

Director, The Fairfax Institute

Ermin Sinanović is currently the Director of Research and Academic Programs at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), where he is also the Director of The Fairfax Institute. Before joining the IIIT, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He studied for an MA and a PhD in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Prof.

Jessica Synder

Jessica Snyder

New Initiatives Coordinator

Email: jrs599@cornell.edu

Ermita Soenarto

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2015-2016

Committee chair/advisor: Eric Tagliacozzo

Kathryn Stam

Kathryn Stam

Associate Professor, SUNY Institute of Technology

Kathryn R. Stam, Ph.D., is an associate professor of anthropology at the SUNY Institute of Technology. She serves as the coordinator of the online master’s program in information design and technology and she teaches undergraduate anthropology. Stam’s specialties are cross-cultural communication, ethnography, Thai and Lao studies, and information technology. Her recent work is a collection and analysis of Northeast Thai memorial books and has been supported by a Fulbright grant and an ENITAS scholarship from the Institute of Thai Studies at Chulalongkorn University.

Emiko Stock

Emiko Stock

Degree Pursued: PhD

Commitee Chair / Advisor: Lucinda Ramberg

Discipline: Anthropology

Primary Language: Khmer

Research Countries: Cambodia

Research Interests: Cambodia, Chams, Muslims in Cambodia and Southeast Asia 

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Fauzul Rizal Sutikno

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2019

Committee chair/advisor: Victoria Beard

Discipline: City and Regional Planning

Primary Language: Indonesian

Research Countries: Indonesia 

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Eric Tagliacozzo

Professor of History

Much of Tagliacozzo's work has centered on the history of people, ideas, and material in motion in and around Southeast Asia, especially in the late colonial age. His first book, Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier (Yale, 2005), examined many of these ideas by analyzing the history of smuggling in the region.

Keith Taylor

Keith Taylor

Professor of Vietnamese Studies

Professor Taylor is Professor of Vietnamese Studies. He became interested in Vietnam as a result of his military service in the Vietnam War in the US Army, where he studied the Vietnamese language and culture.

Current Projects: "Vietnamese literature and government administration during the reign of Minh Manh (1820-40) as seen in the poetry and career of Nguyen Cong Tru."

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Aye Thant

Degree Pursued: Masters

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Arnika Fuhrmann

Discipline: Department of Asian Studies

Primary Language: Burmese

Research Countries: Burma

Research Interests: Gender and Sexuality, Religion

Erik Thorbecke

Erik Thorbecke

H.E. Babcock Professor Emeritus Economics and Food Economics

Erik Thorbecke is the H.E. Babcock Professor of Economics and Food Economics Emeritus and former Director of the Program on Comparative Economic Development at Cornell University. He is presently a Graduate School Professor. His past positions include chairman of the Department of Economics at Cornell, a professorship at Iowa State University, and associate assistant administrator for program policy at the Agency for International Development. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Ghent in 1981.

Deborah Tooker

Deborah Tooker

Professor, Le Moyne College

Tooker, Deborah E., (Ph.D. 1988, Harvard University) is professor of anthropology, department of anthropology, criminology, and sociology at Le Moyne College. Her areas of interest are symbolic/semiotic anthropology and the anthropology of religion/ritual, psychological anthropology, political anthropology and the politics of identity, and the anthropology of space and place.

Gaurav Toor

Gaurav Toor

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: Professor Tom Pepinsky

Discipline: Comparative Politics, Government

Primary Language: Hindi, Punjabi, Nepali, Urdu (spoken), Swahili

Research Countries: Myanmar and Indonesia

Research Interests: Ethnic conflicts and ethnic politics in Southeast Asia

 

Rebecca Townsend

Rebecca Townsend

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2015-2016

Phuong Phi Tran

Phuong Phi Tran

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Sociology, HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam

Dr. Phuong Phi Tran is an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Vietnam. Tran received her MA in SEA Studies at the National University of Singapore and her PhD in Social Sciences at the School of International Studies, University of South Australia.
Mai Van Tran

Mai Van Tran

Degree Pursued: PhD

Discipline: Government

Primary Language: Vietnamese

Thuy Tranviet

Thuy Tranviet

Senior Lecturer - Vietnamese

Thuy Tranviet received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2014. Her doctoral research examines how benefits are perceived and manifested in the emergent field of International Service Learning (ISL). An interdisciplinary scholar, her broad research interests are within the framework of international education, higher education and international/global service-learning encompassing development studies, gender studies, philanthropic studies, and development communication.

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Thet Hein Tun

Degree Pursued: MRP

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016

Committee chair/advisor: Michael Manville

Discipline: City and Regional Planning 

Primary Language: Burmese, Chinese

Research Countries: Myanmar, Indonesia, China

 

Amy VanNocker

Amy VanNocker

Degree Pursued: MPS

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016

Committee chair/advisor: Dr. Peter Gregory

Thai Vo

Alex-Thai Vo

Degree Pursued: PhD

Committee chair/advisor: Keith W. Taylor

Discipline: History

Eileen Vo

Eileen Vo

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2014-2015

Committee chair/advisor: Lorraine Paterson

Hoang Minh Vu

Hoang Minh Vu

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Yen Vu

Yen Vu

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: Prof. Gerard Aching

Discipline: Department of Romance Studies

Primary Language: Vietnamese, French

Research Countries: Vietnam, France

Andrew Weintraub

Andrew Weintraub

Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Indonesia is a major focus of my research, particularly the musical, narrative, and theatrical practices of Sundanese people in West Java. In my first book Power Plays, I wrote about the art of Sundanese rod-puppet theater wayang golek and its adjustment to political pressures and economic opportunities in a rapidly modernizing society.

Meredith Weiss

Meredith Weiss

Associate Professor, SUNY - Albany

Professor Weiss's research is in the field of comparative politics, focusing on Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Thematically, she explores processes and patterns of political development and mobilization, including such dimensions as electoral patterns and processes, nationalism and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, Islamism, "new media," and coalition-building in both civil society and electoral politics.

Marina Welker

Marina Welker

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Welker's research centers on the ethical relationship between business and society. Her first project was an ethnographic study of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) industry that is creating and installing voluntary social and environmental codes of conduct and practices among corporations. In adopting CSR, corporations internalize and set to new purposes ethical discourses derived from activists and the development industry (e.g. transparency, accountability, good governance, participation, empowerment, and environmentalism). Based on fieldwork in the U.S.

Erick White

Erick White

Visiting Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, Cornell University

Dr. Erick White received his B.A. in religion from Amherst College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Cornell University. His dissertation research on contemporary Thailand focused on the cultural politics of spirit possession, the religious careers of spirit mediums, and the social significance of possession within Thai Buddhism and popular religiosity.

Orvil White

Orvil White

Associate Professor, SUNY - Cortland

Future teachers often travel in Professor White’s science methods class. Some go back in time to their elementary school days and some head to Thailand, both studying forces of motion through roller coaster models and properties of water through optical illusions. But make no mistake: the fourth and fifth grade science lessons aren’t designed to be easy. They’re meant to make memories.

“Knowledge is memorable,” Professor White says. “In order to make it memorable for students, there has to be a form of active engagement, or hands-on learning.”

John Whitman

John Whitman

Professor

Whitman's main interest is the problem of language variation: its limits (how much specific subsystems can vary across languages) and predictors (what typological features co-occur systematically). Exploration of this general problem has led him to work on historical linguistics and language acquisition in addition to his central interest in synchronic syntactic variation across typologically similar languages. He works mostly on Japanese, secondly on Korean. He has also done research on Australian languages and German.

Elizabeth Wijaya

Elizabeth Wijaya

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017

Committee chair/advisor: Timothy Murray

Discipline: Comparative Literature

Primary Language: Chinese, French, Malay

Research Countries: China, Malaysia, Singapore

Research Interests: Chinese Film Production 1980 to Contemporary

Andrew Willford

Andrew Wilford

Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies

Andrew Willford is a professor of Anthropology and Asian studies at Cornell University. His previous research focused on various forms of Tamil and Hindu displacement, revivalism, and identity politics in Malaysia. His latest book is entitled 'Tamils and the Haunting of Justice: History and Recognition in Malaysia's Plantations' (U. Hawaii Press). He is currently researching mental health care in India and North America.

Lindy Williams

Lindy Williams

Professor of Development Sociology

Williams' academic interests fit under the general headings of family sociology, development sociology, and demography, and her work is typically focused geographically in the United States and Southeast Asia.

Ekarina Winarto

Ekarina Winarto

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Miloje Despic

Discipline: Linguistics

John Wolff

John Wolff

Professor Emeritus, Linguistics & Asian Studies

Historical linguistics, lexicography, Austronesian linguistics.

Ifan Wu

Ifan Wu

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: P. Steven Sangren

Mirabelle Yang

Mirabelle Yang

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016

Committee chair/advisor: Steven Sangren

Discipline: Anthropology

Primary Language: Khmer

Research Countries: Cambodia

Research Interests: Marriage, relationships, romance and socioeconomic change in rural & urban Cambodia

Hao Yi

Hao Yi

Degree Pursued: Ph.D.

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017

Committee chair/advisor: Sam Tilsen

Discipline: Linguistics

Primary Language: Mandarin, Vietnamese

Research Countries: China, Vietnam

Youyi Zhang 2015

Youyi Zhang

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018

Committee chair/advisor: Andrew Mertha

Zucker

Eve Zucker

Visiting Scholar, Rutgers University, Newark

Eve Zucker’s research focuses on the aftermath of mass violence in Cambodia through the lenses of social memory, morality, the imagination, trust and everyday practices. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the London School of Economics and her M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has conducted extensive research in Cambodia (2001-2003, 2010) on the topics of memory, morality, and recovery from war and genocide.