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Mary S. Zurbuchen

Acting Director for the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Appointed in AY 2000 for two years, Dr. Zurbuchen will continue to teach in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures and advise as the Academic Coordinator in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.  Zurbuchen recently completed an 8-year assignment as Ford Foundation Representative for Indonesia based in Jakarta, and worked for the Foundation in South and Southeast Asia for 15 years. With a doctorate in Linguistics (1981) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, her research interests include language and social change, cultural policy, and truth-seeking in transitional societies.  Her publications include "The Language of Balinese Shadow Theater," and she has offered courses in both Indonesian language and Southeast Asian cultures at Michigan and at the University of California, Berkeley. While at UCLA Dr. Zurbuchen will offer courses analyzing contemporary events in Indonesia, and will direct a research project and organize conferences on the comparative study of historical memory in Southeast Asia.


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