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A. Beban

Alice Beban

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Wendy Wilford

Discipline: Development Sociology

Primary Language: Khmer

Research Countries: Cambodia

Research Interests: Implications of large-scale land acquisitions for Cambodian small farmers

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Janelle Bourgeois

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2019-2020

Committee chair/advisor: Paul Friedland

Discipline: Department of History

Primary Language: Khmer

Research Countries: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

Research Interests: Migration and Labor during the 20th century; resettlement policy aimed toward refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos

Ryan Buyco

Ryan Buyco

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: Dr. Naoki Sakai

Discipline: Asian Studies

Primary Language: Tagalog, Japanese

Research Countries: Philippines, Japan (Okinawa)

Minqi Chai

Minqi Chai

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2020

Committee chair/advisor: Jessica Weiss

Discipline: Government

Primary Language: Mandarin

Research Countries: Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam

Research Interests: International Political Economy

A. Dalferro

Alexandra Dalferro

Degree Pursued: PhD

Committee chair/advisor: Marina Welker

Discipline: Anthropology

Primary Language: Thai, Khmer

Research Countries: Thailand

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

S. Dettman

Sebastian Dettman

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Tom Pepinsky

Discipline: Government

Primary Language: Malay, Indonesian

Research Countries: Malaysia, 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.

Michael Dunaway

Michael Dunaway

Degree Pursued: PhD

Committee chair/advisor: Karim Kassam

Discipline: Natural Resources

Primary Language: Indonesian 

Research Countries: Malaysia 

Research Interests: Indigenous Energy Sovereignty

Hoa Duong

Hoa Duong

Degree Pursued: PhD

Committee chair/advisor: Tom Pepinsky

Discipline: Government

Primary Language: Vietnamese

Research Countries: Vietnam 

Research Interests: Intersection between Catholicism and political liberalization in Vietnam

 

Hilary Faxon

Hilary Faxon

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2019-2020

Committee chair/advisor: Wendy Wolford

Discipline: Development Sociology

Primary Language: Burmese, Spanish

Research Countries: Myanmar/Burma, Bhutan

Research Interests: Social movements and state formation in contemporary Myanmar

Juan

Juan Fernandez

Mattias Fibiger

Mattias Fibiger

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: Fredrik Logevall

Discipline: History

Primary Language: Indonesian, Malay

Research Countries: Indonesia

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

Michael Fulcher

Michael Fulcher

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: Gary Bergstrom

Discipline: Plant Pathology - SIPS - PPPMB

Primary Language: Burmese

Research Countries: Burma

Research Interests: Population biology, ecology, and the control of disease under diverse farm management regimes.

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Ritwick Ghosh

Degree Pursued: PhD 

Anticipated Degree Year:  2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Steven Wolf 

Discipline: Natural Resources 

Primary Language: Indonesian, Hindi, Bengali 

Research Countries:  Indonesia

Research Interests: Environmental governance

Timothy Gorman

Timothy Gorman

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Wendy Wolford

Discipline: Development Sociology

Primary Language: Vietnamese

Research Countries: Vietnam

Research Interests: Environmental Sociology

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Robert Hines

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2019-2020

Committee chair/advisor: Sarah Kreps

Discipline: Government, International Relations

Primary Language: Mandarin Chinese

Research Countries: China + ASEAN countries

Research Interests: Comparative Authoritarianism/Nationalism
Emily Hong Setton

Emily Hong

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Annelise Riles

Discipline: Anthropology

Primary Language: Burmese, Thai

Research Countries: Burma, Thailand

Yinyin Hu

Yinyin Hu

Degree Pursued: Masters

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: Keith Weller Taylor

Discipline: Asian Studies

Primary Language: Vietnamese

Research Countries: Vietnam

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: 2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: Steve Jackson

Discipline: Information Science

Primary Language: Khmer

Research Countries: Cambodia

Research Interests: Information Technology

Mariangela Jordan

Mariangela Jordan

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: Magnus Fiskesjö

Discipline: Anthropology

Primary Language: Burmese

Research Countries: Burma

Research Interests: Sovereignty, migration, visual anthropology, the ethics of collaboration

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: 2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: Draga Zec, Abby Cohn

Discipline: Linguistics

Research Languages: Thai, Burmese, Spanish, French

C. Keating

Corey Keating

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: David Yearsley

Discipline: Music Composition

Primary Language: Vietnamese

Research Countries: Vietnam

Research Interests: Music Composition

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Sneha Kumar

Degree Pursued: PhD 

Anticipated Degree Year:  2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: Lindy Williams

Discipline: Development Sociology

Research Countries:  Indonesia

Research Interests:  Understanding the effects of population ageing on intergenerational and multigenerational relationships

 

Ferdinan

Ferdinan Okki Kurniawan

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Abby Cohn

Discipline: Linguistics

Primary Language: Indonesian

Research Countries: Indonesia

Research Interests: Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Austronesian/Indonesian linguistics

Ting Hui Lau

Ting Hui Lau

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: Magnus Fiskesjö

Discipline: Anthropology

Primary Language: Burmese, Chinese

Research Countries: Burma (Myanmar), China

Research Interests: The Politics of Madness: Ethnicity and Mental Illness in Northwest Yunnan

Yoke Lee Lee

Yoke Lee Lee

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

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

MK Long

MK Long

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2023

Committee chair/advisor: Anne Blackburn

Discipline: Asian Studies

Primary Language: Burmese

Research Countries: Myanmar/Burma

Research Interests: Religion, women and gender

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Sireemas Maspong

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2021-2022

Committee chair/advisor: Abby Cohn

Discipline: Historical Linguistics, SEA Linguistics

Primary Language: Thai

Research Countries: Southeast Asia (general), Thailand

Research Interests: Effects of talkers' age on recognition memory: a case study of vowel shortening in Thai

D. Matthew

Dominic Mathew

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018

Committee chair/advisor: Neema Kudva

Discipline: City and Regional Planning

Primary Language: Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali

Research Countries: Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, China

Research interest: Regional planning, peace studies an conflict, and impact investing

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

Matthew Minarchek

Matthew Minarchek

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Eric Tagliacozzo

Discipline: History

Primary Language: Indonesian

Research Countries: Indonesia

Research Interests: Southeast Asian (Indonesia) history. I study Indonesian history, environmental history, and historical geography in northern Sumatra during the mid-late colonial period.

Mary Moroney

Mary Moroney

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: John Whitman

Discipline: Linguistics (minor Cognitive Science)

Primary Language: Thai, Shan

Research Countries: Myanmar/Burma, Thailand

Research Interests: Shan Relative Clauses

Chaturong Napathorn

Chaturong Napathorn

Degree Pursued:  PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

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

Discipline: International and Comparative Labor/ HR

Primary Language: Thai

Research Countries: Thailand

J. Park

Jinyoung Park

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Sarosh Kuruvilla

Discipline: International Comparative Labor

Primary Language: Burmese

Research Countries: Burma

Research Interests: labor issues, labor movement, gender, internationalism

R. Parkinson

Rebecca Parkinson

Degree Pursued: Masters

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Prof. Miguel Gomez

Discipline: IARD Global Programs

Primary Language: English

Research Countries: Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines

Research Interests: Improving incentives for Capital Providers to Find High Value Food Crop Chains for Food Security - Comparing Indonesia + Myanmar

Vinh Pham

Vinh Pham

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2019-2020

Committee chair/advisor: Prof. Andrea Bachner

Discipline: Comparative Literature

Primary Language: Vietnamese, French, German, Spanish

Research Countries: Philippines, Vietnam

Research Interests: 19th and 20th Century Comparative Literature

J. Piao

Jinglin Piao

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2020-2021

Committee chair/advisor: Magnus Fiskesjö

Discipline: Anthropology

Research Countries: China, Vietnam

Research Interests: Development projects

Jason Pierce

Jason Pierce

Degree Pursued: MPA

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017 - 2018

Discipline: Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (Public Adminstration and Public Policy) 

Primary Language: Thai 

Research Countries: Thailand, Myanmar/Burma 

Research Interests: Comparative political economy, political parties, extra- ASEAN relations 

Chairat Polmuk

Chairat Polmuk

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Professor Arnika Fuhrmann

Discipline: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture

Primary Language: Thai

Research Countries: Thailand

Research Interests: Southeast Asian literature, films, and intellectual history (Thailand and Laos)

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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

Discipline: Development Sociology

Primary Language: Thai, Bengali, Burmese

Research Countries: Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Singapore

Research Interests: Labor, Migration, Global Commodity Chains, Precarity

Matt Reeder

Matt Reeder

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Tamara Loos

Discipline: History

Primary Language: Thai

Research Countries: Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand

Research Interests: Mainland Southeast Asia, ethnicity, social groups, early modern history, intellectual history, historiography, nationalism, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos.

Nicole Reisnour

Nicole Reisnour

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2015-2016

Committee chair/advisor: Martin Hatch

Discipline: Ethnomusicology

Primary Language: Indonesian

Research Countries: Indonesia

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

Kritapas Sajjapala

Kritapas Sajjapala

Degree Pursued: Masters

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: Keith Taylor

Discipline: Asian Studies

Primary Language: Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Chinese

Research Countries: Vietnam, Thailand

Jaynel Santos

Jaynel Santos

Degree Pursued: MA

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: Yuri Mansuri

Discipline: City and Regional Planning

Santi Saypanya

Santi Saypanya

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2015-2016

Committee chair/advisor: Marianne Krasny and Richard Stedman

Discipline: Natural Resources

Primary Language: Thai

Research Countries: Laos

Research Interests: Social Marketing Campaign: Social Perspectives and Effectiveness of Wildlife Conservation in Lao PDR

 
Annie Sheng

Annie Sheng

Degree Pursued: PhD

Committee chair/advisor: Magnus Fiskesjö

Discipline: Anthropology

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Manoly Sisavanh

Degree Pursued: MPS

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Dr. James Lassoie

Discipline: International Development

Primary Language: Lao, Thai

Research Countries: Laos

Research Interests: Ecotourism in protected areas

Brittain Sluder

Brittain Sluder

Degree Pursued: MRP

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: Stephan Schmidt

Discipline: City and Regional Planning

Primary Language: Indonesian

Research Countries: Indonesia

Emiko Stock

Emiko Stock

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

Commitee Chair / Advisor: Lucinda Ramberg

Discipline: Anthropology

Primary Language: Khmer

Research Countries: Cambodia

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

F.R. Sutikno

Fauzul Rizal Sutikno

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: Victoria Beard

Discipline: City and Regional Planning

Primary Language: Indonesian

Research Countries: Indonesia

Research Interests: Community Development and Rural Women, Preference on Economic Activities in Indonesia

Harry Suwanto

Harry Suwanto

Degree Pursued: MA

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Eric Tagliacozzo

Discipline: Asian Studies

Primary Language: English, Indonesian

Research Countries: Indonesia

Research Interests: Salem-Sumatra pepper trade

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Aye Thant

Degree Pursued: Masters

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Arnika Fuhrmann

Discipline: Asian Studies

Primary Language: Burmese

Research Countries: Burma

Research Interests: Gender and Sexuality, Religion

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: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Tamara Loos

Discipline: History

Primary Language: Thai

Research Countries: Philippines, Thailand

Van Tran

Mai Van Tran

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: Thomas Pepinsky

Discipline: Department of Government

Primary Language: Vietnamese, Burmese

Research Countries: Burma

Research Interests: Dynamics of separatist conflicts during democratic transition

Kelsey Utne

Kelsey Utne

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2021

Committee chair/advisor: Dr. Durba Ghosh

Discipline: History

Primary Language: Hindi, Urdu, Persian

Research Countries: Muslim world

Research Interests: Comparative colonialism 

Alex-Thai Vo

Alex-Thai Vo

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: Keith W. Taylor

Discipline: History

Primary Language: Vietnamese

Research Countries: Vietnam

Hoang Minh Vu

Hoang Minh Vu

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Keith Weller Taylor and Fredrik Logevall (Co-chairs)

Discipline: History - Southeast Asian History

Primary Language: Vietnamese

Research Countries: Vietnam

Research Interests: Vietnamese foreign policy since 1975

Yen Vu

Yen Vu

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2018-2019

Committee chair/advisor: Prof. Gerard Aching

Discipline: Romance Studies

Primary Language: Vietnamese, French

Research Countries: Vietnam, France

Research Interests: Vietnamese Francophone literature, Vietnamese intellectual history, 20th Century literary and cultural productions in Vietnamese and French

 

J. Waluyo

Jati Waluyo

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Kieran Patrick Donaghy

Discipline: City and Regional Planning

Primary Language: Indonesian, English

Research Countries: Indonesia

Research Interests: Economic Development & Monetary Policy

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Jonathan Weintraub

Degree Pursued: Masters

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Chiara Formichi

Discipline: Asian Studies

Primary Language: Indonesian, Malay

Research Countries: Indonesia, Malaysia

Research Interests: Islam, sea regional security
Elizabeth Wijaya

Elizabeth Wijaya

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Timothy Murray

Discipline: Comparative Literature

Primary Language: Chinese, French, Malay

Research Countries: China, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong

Research Interests: Sinophone cinema, film phenomenology, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy

Ekarina Winarto

Ekarina Winarto

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Miloje Despic

Discipline: Linguistics

Primary Language: Indonesian

Research Countries: Indonesia

Research Interests: Syntax, Indonesian & Austronesian Linguistics, Germanic Linguistics

Ifan Wu

Ifan Wu

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: P. Steven Sangren

Discipline: Anthropology

Primary Language: Indonesian

Research Countries: Malaysia

Research Interests: Chinese in Malaysia; religious healing practices; linguistic ideology; body politics; gender, self and personhood; globalization

Mirabelle Yang

Mirabelle Yang

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2015-2016

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: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2016-2017

Committee chair/advisor: Sam Tilsen

Discipline: Linguistics

Primary Language: Mandarin, Vietnamese

Research Countries: China, Vietnam

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Youyi Zhang

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: Andrew Mertha

Discipline: Government

Primary Language: Chinese

Secondary Languages: English

Research Countries: Myanmar, China, United States

Research Interests: International Relations, Political Violence, Security, East and Southeast Asia, FDI