Welcome to the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies! We have been supporting the study of this important region at UCLA for more than 15 years, serving as a place to encourage the discussion and dissemination of scholarly work on the countries of the region.

Our Center has been critical to sustaining and expanding Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, which has now become one of the major U.S. sites for the study of this region.

Upcoming Events

Foucault's Other Panopticon: Lighting Indonesia, the World's Largest Archipelago

Thursday, December 10, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6275 Bunche Hall


Democratic Transitions: Conversations with World Leaders

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
12:00 PM
Bunche Hall 10383


In the News

New exhibit celebrates marine biodiversity in Coral Triangle

November 13, 2015 — UCLA Professor Paul Barber partnered with singer Jack Johnson on a California Science Center exhibit that highlights the need to conserve this highly threatened ecosystem of Southeast Asia.

U.S. and Indonesia urged to open records on 1965 massacre

October 2, 2015 — UCLA historian Geoff Robinson was cited at a recent SOAS conference: "In their sweep and speed and their profound political implications, the events of 1965-66 [in Indonesia] were comparable to some of the most notorious campaigns of mass killings and imprisonment in the postwar period.”

Paul Barber receives diversity award

April 17, 2015 -- Southeast Asia specialist Paul Barber, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is one of two recipients of the 2014-2015 UCLA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. For the past 10 years, he has engaged under-represented minority students in marine biology research in Bali.