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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 community colleges and other public and private institutions in the state.

Last updated March 2024.



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) 
• Diu-Huong Nguyen, History (Vietnam)
• 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)
• Trisha Remetir, English (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)
• John 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)
• Michael Schulze-Oechtering, History (Philippines)

CSU Fresno
• Henry Delcore, Anthropology (Thailand)
• Wannasarn Noonsuk, Art and Design (Thailand)
• Mai Der Vang, English (Laos, Thailand)
Yang Sao Xiong, Anthropology (Laos, Thailand)

Languages: Hmong (Department of Linguistics)

CSU Fullerton
• Sarah Grant, Anthropology (Vietnam)
• Tu-Uyen Nguyen, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)
• Angela-MinhTu Nguyen, Psychology (Southeast Asia)
• Linh Nguyen, Modern Languages and Literature (Vietnam)
• Eric Estuar Reyes, Asian American Studies Program (Philippines)
• Penchan Phoborisut, Communications (Thailand)
• Davorn Sisavath, Asian American Studies (Laos)
• Laichen Sun, History (Southeast Asia)
• Lisa Tran, History (Vietnam)
• Natalie Tran, National Resource Center for Asian Languages (Vietnam)
• Kenneth Van Bik, Linguistics (Myanmar)

Languages: Vietnamese (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures)

CSU Long Beach
• Lisa Tran, History (Vietnam)
• Linda España-Maram, Asian and Asian American Studies & History (Philippines)
• Leakhena Nou, Sociology (Cambodia)
• Karen Quintiliani, Anthropology (Cambodia)
• Sophea Seng, Asian and Asian American Studies (Cambodia)
• Ann Thuy-Ling Tran, Asian and Asian American Studies (Vietnam)
• Teri Yamada, Asian and Asian American Studies (Cambodia)

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

CSU Los Angeles
• ChorSwang Ngin, Anthropology (Indonesia, Malaysia)
• Joy Sales, Asian American Studies (Philippines)

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
• Que-Lam Huynh, Psychology (Southeast Asia)
• 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)
• Ann Phong, Art (Vietnam)

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)

California Polytechnic State University-Humboldt
• Tani Sebro, Politics (Thailand, Myanmar)
• Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies (Philippines)

Sacramento State University
• Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Asian Art History and Curatorial Studies, Asian Studies (Thailand)
Bao Lo, Ethnic Studies (Laos/Hmong)

• 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: Filipino, Vietnamese (Department of World Languages and Literatures)

Sonoma State University
• Puspa Amri, Economics (Indonesia)



California College of the Arts
• Viet Le, Visual Arts (Vietnam) 
• Julie Thi Underhill, Writing & Literature (Vietnam)

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

Loyola Marymount University
• Lan Ngo, Asian and Asian American Studies (Vietnam)
Melody Rod-ari, Art History (Thailand)

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

Occidental College
• Lan Chu, Diplomacy (Vietnam)
Natasha Sekhon, Geology (Philippines)

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)
• Josen Diaz, Ethnic Studies (Philippines)

University of San Francisco
• Edith Borbon, Modern & Classical Languages (Philippines)
• James Zarsadiaz, History (Philippines)

University of Southern California
• Adrian De Leon, American Studies and Ethnicity (Philippines)
• Brian Bernards, East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature (Singapore)
• Janet Hoskins, Anthropology and Religion (Indonesia, Vietnam)  
• Lan Duong, Cinema and Media Studies (Vietnam)
• Rebecca Hall, USC Pacific Asia Museum (Thailand)
• 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)


City College of San Francisco
• Michael Gonzalez, Philippine Studies (Philippines)
• Maharaj Desai, Philippine Studies (Philippines)
• Lily Ann Villaraza, Philippine Studies (Philippines)

Languages: Filipino (Department of Philippine Studies)

El Camino College
• William Shattuck, Geography (Thailand)

Santa Monica College
• Brandon Reilly, History (Philippines)
• Sri Susilowati, Dance (Indonesia)
• Lakshika Senarath Gamage, Art History (South & Southeast Asia)

San Diego Miramar College
• Bernard Ellorin, Visual & Performing Arts Studies (Philippines)



• Michael Haas, Political Science (Cambodia, Vietnam)
• Hendrik Maier, Comparative Literature (Malaysia, Indonesia)
• Judy Mitoma, World Arts & Dance (Indonesia)
• Bruce Reynolds, History (Thailand)
• Michael Salman, Political Science (Philippines)
• James Sobredo, Ethnic Studies (Philippines)

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Published: Friday, February 2, 2018