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Southeast Asian Studies in CA

Aside from programs at the UC Berkeley and UCLA, many of California’s other public universities also offer opportunities to study and learn about Southeast Asia. This page highlights the range of expertise currently found at public and private institutions in the state.

Last updated August 2021.



UC Berkeley
• CSEAS faculty

Languages: Burmese, Filipino, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese (Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies)

UC Davis
• Alan Klima, Anthropology (Thailand)
• Robyn Rodriguez, Asian American Studies (Philippines)
• Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)
• Henry Spiller, Music (Indonesia)

UC Irvine
• Tom Boellstorff, Anthropology (Indonesia)
• Long Bui, Global & International Studies (Vietnam) 
• Dorothy Fujita-Rony, Asian American Studies (Philippines/Indonesia)
• Kathleen Johnson, Earth System Science (Laos)
• Sylvia Nam, Anthropology (Cambodia) 
• Linda Vo, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)
• Bliss Cua Lim, Film & Media Studies (Philippines)
• Fatimah Tobing Rony, Film & Media Studies (Indonesia)
• Hun Kee Kim, Urban Planning & Public Policy (Vietnam, Laos)

Languages: Vietnamese (School of Humanities)

• CSEAS faculty

Languages: Filipino, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures)

UC Merced
• Ma Vang, Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (Laos)

UC Riverside
• Muhamad Ali, Religious Studies (Indonesia)
• David Biggs, History (Vietnamese)
• Charmaine Craig, Creative Writing (Burma/Myanmar)
• Weihsin Gui, English (Southeast Asia)
• Emily Hue, Ethnic Studies (Burma/Myanmar)
• Tamara C. Ho, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Burma/Myanmar)
• Mariam Beevi Lam, Comparative Literature (Vietnam)
• Sally Ann Ness, Anthropology (Philippines)
• Victoria Reyes, Sociology (Philippines)
• Christina Schwenkel, Anthropology (Vietnam)
• Sarita Echavez See, Media and Cultural Studies (Philippines)
• Rican Vue, Education (Asian American)
• Deborah Wong, Music (Thailand)

Languages: Filipino, Vietnamese (Department of Comparative Literature and Modern Languages)

UC San Diego
• Suzanne Brenner, Anthropology (Indonesia)
• Samuel Bazzi, Global Policy & Strategy (Indonesia)
• Dredge Kang, Anthropology (Thailand)
• Jody Blanco, Literature (Philippines)
• Yen-Le Espiritu, Ethnic Studies (Philippines, Vietnam)
• Hoang Nguyen, Literature and Cultural Studies (Vietnam)
• Simeon Man, Literature (Vietnam/Asia Pacific)
• Claire Edington, History (Vietnam)
• Marc Garellek, Linguistics (Hmong)
• Nico Ravanilla, School of Global Policy and Strategy (Philippines)
• Krislert Samphantharak, School of Global Policy and Strategy (Thailand) 
• Chinary Ung, Music (Cambodia)

Languages: Filipino, Vietnamese (Department of Linguistics)

UC Santa Cruz
• Kathleen Gutierrez, History (Philippines)
• Boreth Ly, History of Art (Cambodia)
• Steve McKay, Sociology (Philippines)
• Danilyn Rutherford, Anthropology (Indonesia) – on extended leave
• Megan Thomas, Politics (Philippines)
• Celine Parrenas Shimizu, Dean of Arts Division (Philippines)
• Anna Tsing, Anthropology (Indonesia)




CSU Channel Islands
• Lance Nolde, History (Indonesia)

CSU Chico
• Gwenola Ricordeau, Political Science and Criminal Justice (Philippines) 
• Daniel Veidlinger, Comparative Religion (Thailand)

CSU Dominguez Hills
• Susan Needhan, Anthropology (Cambodia)
• Mary Lacanlale, Asian Pacific Studies (Philippines)

CSU East Bay
• Maria Ortuoste, Political Science (Philippines, ASEAN)
• Jocyl Sacramento, Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies)

CSU Fresno
• Henry Delcore, Anthropology (Thailand) -- currently on sabbatical
• Wannasarn Noonsuk, Art and Design (Thailand)
• Davorn Sisavath, Anthropology (Laos)

Languages: Hmong (Department of Linguistics)

CSU Fullerton
• Sarah Grant, Anthropology (Vietnam)
• Tu-Uyen Nguyen, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)
• Linh Nguyen, Modern Languages and Literature (Vietnam)
• Eric Estuar Reyes, Asian American Studies Program (Philippines)
• Penchan Phoborisut, Communications (Thailand)
• Laichen Sun, History (Southeast Asia)
• Lisa Tran, History (Vietnam)
• Kenneth Van Bik, Linguistics (Myanmar)

Languages: Vietnamese (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures)

CSU Long Beach
• Linda España-Maram, Asian American Studies & History (Philippines)
• Leakhena Nou, Sociology (Cambodia)
• Karen Quintiliani, Anthropology (Cambodia)
• Teri Yamada, Asian American Studies (Cambodia)

Languages: Khmer, Filipino, Vietnamese (Department of Asian and Asian American Studies)

CSU Los Angeles
• ChorSwang Ngin, Anthropology (Indonesia, Malaysia)

CSU Monterey Bay
• Phuong Nguyen, Humanities and Communications (Vietnam)
• Kathryn Poethig, Social, Behavioral & Global Studies (Cambodia)
• Angie Ngoc Tran, Social, Behavioral & Global Studies (Vietnam)

CSU Northridge
• Gina Masequesmay, American Studies (Vietnam) 
Chin-Hsin Liu, Anthropology (Philippines)

California Polytechnic State University-Pomona
• Amy Dao, Anthropology (Vietnam)
• Jack Fong, Sociology (Thailand/Myanmar)
• Mary Anne Mendoza, Political Science (Philippines)
• Anthony Ocampo, Sociology (Philippines)
• Jocelyn Pacleb, Ethnic & Women's Studies (Philippines)

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
• Margaret Bodemer, History (Vietnam/Southeast Asia)
• Ryan Buyco, Ethnic Studies (Philippines)
• Christina Firpo, History (Vietnam)

CSU San Bernardino
• Kathleen Nadeau, Anthropology (Philippines) 

CSU San Marcos
• Jason Magabo Perez, Ethnic Studies (Philippines)
• Mikee Inton-Campbell, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Philippines)

CSU Stanislaus
• Steve Arounsack, Anthropology (Laos/Thailand)
• Pollie Bith-Melander, Social Work (Cambodia)
• Bao Lo, Ethnic Studies (Hmong)

Humboldt State University
• Tani Sebro, Politics (Thailand, Myanmar)

Sacramento State University
• Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Asian Art History and Curatorial Studies, Asian Studies (Thailand)
• Michael Vann, History (Vietnam)

San Diego State University
• Pierre Asselin, History (Vietnam)
• Gregory A. Daddis, History (Vietnam)
• Erin Riley, Anthropology (Indonesia)

Languages: Filipino (Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages)

San Francisco State University 
• Mai-Nhung Le, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)
• Martha Lincoln, Anthropology (Vietnam)
• Eric Pido, Asian American Studies (Philippines)
• Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)
• Jessica Elkind, History (Vietnam)
• Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Asian American Studies (Philippines)
• Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Sociology (Philippines)

San Jose State University
• Binh Danh, Art (Vietnam)
• Peter Chua, Sociology (Philippines)
• Hien Duc Do, Sociology (Vietnam)
• Joanne Rondilla, Sociology (Philippines)

Languages: Vietnamese (Department of World Languages and Literatures)

Sonoma State University
• Puspa Amri, Economics (Indonesia)




California College of the Arts
• Viet Le, Visual Arts (Vietnam)

Chapman University
• Angelica AllenWilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (Philippines)

Naval Postgraduate School
• Naazneen Barma, National Security Affairs (Cambodia, Timor Leste)

Occidental College
• Sophal Ear, Diplomacy & World Affairs (Cambodia)
• Lan Chu, Diplomacy (Vietnam)

Pepperdine University
• Tuan Hoang, Humanities and Teacher Education (Vietnam)

Pomona College
• Hung Cam Thai, Sociology and Asian American Studies (Vietnam)

Stanford University 
• Lisa Curran, Anthropology (Indonesia)
• J.P. Daughton, History (Vietnam)

University of San Diego
• Christopher Adler, Music and Asian Studies (Thailand, Laos)
• David Harnish, Music (Indonesia)
• Jessica Patterson, Art History (Thailand) 
• Josen Diaz, Ethnic Studies (Philippines)

University of San Francisco
• James Zarsadiaz, History (Philippines)

University of Southern California
• Adrian De Leon, American Studies and Ethnicity (Philippines)
• Janet Hoskins, Anthropology and Religion (Indonesia, Vietnam) 
• Lan Duong, Cinema and Media Studies (Vietnam)
• Brian Bernards, East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature (Singapore)
• Viet Thanh Nguyen, English and American Studies and Ethnicity (Vietnam)
• Panivong Norindr, Comparative Literature (Southeast Asia) 
• Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, Sociology and Gender Studies (Philippines) 

University of the Pacific
• Kris Alexanderson, History (Indonesia)

Whittier College
• Jason Carbine, Religious Studies (Thailand, Myanmar)


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Published: Friday, February 2, 2018