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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.

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. 

Blackburn studies Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, with a special interest in Buddhist monastic culture and Buddhist participation in networks linking Sri Lanka and mainland Southeast Asia before and during colonial presence in the region. Her publications include Buddhist Learning and Textual Practice in Eighteenth-Century Lankan Monastic Culture (Princeton, 2001), Approaching the Dhamma: Buddhist Texts and Practices in South and Southeast Asia, co-edited with A/Prof Jeffrey Samuels (BPS Pariyatti Editions, 2003), and Locations of Buddhism: Colonialism and Modernity in Sri Lanka (Chicago, 2010).

Abigail C. Cohn

Abby Cohn

Director of the Southeast Asia Program, Professor of Linguistics

Abigail C. Cohn is a professor of linguistics and Southeast Asian studies whose research interests include the phonetics, phonology, morphology, and sociolinguistics of the languages of Indonesia.

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.)

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).

Arnika Fuhrmann

Arnika Fuhrmann

Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies

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).

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.

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.                              

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.

Sarosh Kuruvilla

Sarosh Kuruvilla

Andrew J. Nathanson Family Professor of Industrial & Labor Relations

Sarosh Kuruvilla is currently the Andrew J. Nathanson Family 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.

T. Loos 2016

Tamara Loos

Professor of History and Asian Studies

Kaja McGowan

Kaja McGowan

Associate Professor, History of Art

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

A. Mertha Jan. 2017

Andrew Mertha

Professor of Government

 
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.

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.

T. Pepinsky 2016

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.

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.

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.

Tagliacozzo

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."

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.

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.

John Whitman

John Whitman

Professor of Linguistics

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.

Andrew Willford

Andrew Willford

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.