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Professors Emeriti

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).

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

John Wolff

John Wolff

Professor Emeritus, Linguistics & Asian Studies

Historical linguistics, lexicography, Austronesian linguistics.