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Southeast Asian Studies: Scholars and Researchers

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Southeast Asian Studies: Scholars and Researchers

Compiled by: Camila Costadoni

Directed Individual Study, Spring 2015

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

The following list is a compilation of various scholars of Southeast Asian Studies who are located in different countries. These scholars address a range of topics in their research such as gender, sexuality, religious identity, political behavior, and human rights. They also represent diverse academic disciplines with multiple theoretical, methodological, and applied approaches. The format for the directory is first, based on country (alphabetically) and then alphabetically by last name of the scholar.  If you would like to be included or would like to refer a scholar, please contact Indonesia Inquiry.

AUSTRALIA

Sharon Bessell

  • Position: Associate Professor (Policy and Governance)
  • Location: Australian National University
  • Website: https://crawford.anu.edu.au/people/academic/sharon-bessell
  • E-mail: sharon.bessell@anu.edu.au
  • Research interests: social justice, human rights, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia
  • Current projects: Children, Communities and Social Capital in Australia 
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Women, Gender and Development in Indonesia, ISEAS, Singapore, 2002.
    • Articles: “Advancing Ethical Research with Children: Critical Reflections on Ethical Guidelines,” Children’s Geographies, 12(1), 126-133, 2014.

Ronit Ricci

  • Position: Associate Professor (School of Culture, History & Language)
  • Location: Australian National University
  • Website: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/ricci-r#biography
  • E-mail: ronit.ricci@anu.edu.au
  • Research interests: Indonesian Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Islamic studies, Historical Studies
  • Current project: The Sri Lankan Malays: Islam, literature, and diaspora across the Indian Ocean (Primary Investigator)
  • Select publications:
    • Articles: “The Malay World, Expanded: The world’s first Malay newspaper, Colombo, 1869′, Indonesia and the Malay World, 2013, vol. 41, no. 120, pp. 168-182.

Kathryn Robinson

  • Position: Professor (School of Culture, History & Language)
  • Location: Australian National University
  • Website: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/robinson-km
  • E-mail: kathryn.robinson@anu.edu.au
  • Research interests: Indonesia and Southeast Asia, development, gender, traditional architecture, medical anthropology, Islam, Internet mediated social relations, cross-cultural marriages.
  • Select publications:
    • Articles:  “What Does a Gender Relations Approach Bring to Southeast Asian Studies?’”, in Mikko Huotari, Jurgen Ruland, Judith Schlehe (ed.), Methodology and Research Practice in Southeast Asian Studies, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, Hampshire, pp. 107-127, 2014.

Maila Stivens

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Location: University of Melbourne
  • Website: http://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person13516#tab-publications
  • E-mail: m.stivens@unimelb.edu.au
  • Research interests: Globalisation, modernity and postmodernity in social theory, gender relations globally, global/transnational feminism and feminist theory (Gender, Southeast Asia, family and kinship)
  • Current projects: Imagining the Asian Child: Towards an Anthropology of New Asian Childhoods
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Gender and Islam in Southeast Asia: Women’s Rights Movements, Religious Resurgence and Local Traditions. Brill Academic Publishers. 2013

CANADA

Nhung Tuyet Tran

  • Position: Associate Professor (History)
  • Location: University of Toronto (St. George Campus)
  • Website: http://history.utoronto.ca/faculty/tran/  –  https://nhungtuyettran.wordpress.com/about/
  • E-mail: nhungtuyet.tran@utoronto.ca
  • Research Interests: cultural and social historian, gender, law, religious practice, Vietnam
  • Current project: “She is working on a project that explores the social and cultural history of Vietnamese Catholicism using written sources written in the demotic script, chu nom.”
  • Select Publications:
    • Books: Familial Properties: Gender, State and Society in Early Modern Vietnam, 1460-1783, University of Hawai’i Press, 2012.
    • Articles: “Gender, Property, & the ‘Autonomy Thesis’ in Southeast Asia: the Endowment of Local Succession in Early Modern Vietnam,” in Journal Of Asian Studies 2008.

JAPAN

Yoko Hayami

  • Position: Professor (Division of Integrated Area Studies in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies)
  • Location: Kyoto University
  • Website: http://www.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/about/staff/division2/hayami-yoko/
  • E-mail: hayami@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp
  • Research Interests: Religion and Ethnicity among Minorities in Thailand and Myanmar Upland-Lowland Relationship in Mainland Southeast Asia Gender, Family and Social Change in Southeast Asia
  • Current project: The Social Bases of Care in Southeast Asia: Study of the Dynamism of Practice Based on Relatedness.
  • Select publications:
    • Books: The Family in Flux in Southeast Asia: Institution, Ideology and Practice, Silkworm Press and Kyoto University Press, 2012.
    • Articles: Pagodas and Prophets: Contesting Sacred Space and Power among Buddhist Karen in Karen State,” in Journal Of Asian Studies 2011.

SINGAPORE

Maitrii Aung-Thwin

  • Position: Associate Professor(History)
  • Location: National University of Singapore
  • Website: http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/hismvat/stf_hismvat.htm
  • E-mail: hismvat@nus.edu.sg
  • Research interests: social movements, law, colonialism, nation-building, intellectual history, transnationalism, oral history, public history, South and Southeast Asia.
  • Current projects: Towards a National Past in Myanmar: Public History, Memory, Biography 
  • Select publications:
    • Books: A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times: Traditions and Transformations, with Michael A. Aung-Thwin, Reaktion Books, 2013 (Updated and Expanded Edition).
    • Articles: “Myanmar in 2013: Integration and the Challenge of Reform”, in Southeast Asian Affairs 2014, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2014.

Theresa W. Devashayam 

  • Position: Visiting Affiliate (Asia Research Institute)
  • Location: National University of Singapore (ARI)
  • Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/article_view.asp?id=262 – http://iseaslib.academia.edu/TheresaDevasahayam
  • E-mail: ariv24@nus.edu.sg
  • Research interests: migration studies, anthropology of gender, gender studies, globalization, Southeast Asia
  • Current projects: “completing a project on the Roman Catholic Church in Singapore and its advocacy efforts for foreign domestic workers.”
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Gender Trends in Southeast Asia: Women Now, Women in the Future, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009.

TAIWAN

Wen-Chin Chang

  • Position: Associate Research Fellow (Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies)
  • Location: Academia Sinica, Taipei
  • Website: http://www.rchss.sinica.edu.tw/capas/doc/researcher/researcher01.html
  • E-mail: wencc@gate.sinica.edu.tw
  • Research interests: Borderlands studies, migration, transnational trade, ethnicity.
  • Current project: “on the trading networks among migrant Yunnanese, their diasporic consciousness and subjectivity.”
  • Select publications:
    • Books:  Chinese Circulations: Capital, Commodities, and Networks in Southeast Asia. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.
    • Articles:  “The Everyday Politics of the Underground Trade in Burma by Yunnanese Chinese since the Burmese Socialist Era”. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 2013.

UNITED STATES

Jane Monnig Atkinson

David A. Biggs

  • Position: Associate Professor (History)
  • Location: University of California – Riverside
  • Website: http://history.ucr.edu/People/Faculty/Biggs/
  • E-mail: david.biggs@ucr.edu
  • Research interests: Southeast Asia, Vietnam, environmental, science & technology, historical geography
  • Current projects: “His current research examines the long-term social and environmental dimensions of military occupation primarily in Vietnam.”
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Quagmire: Nation-Building and Nature in the Mekong Delta, University of Washington Press, 2012.

Evelyn Blackwood

  • Position: Professor (Anthropology)
  • Location: Purdue University
  • Website: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~blackwoo/
  • E-mail: blackwood@purdue.edu
  • Research interests: Indonesia, homosexuality, gender
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Falling into the Lesbi World: Desire and Difference in Indonesia. University of Hawaii Press, 2010.
    • Articles: “Trans identities and contingent masculinities: Being tombois in everyday practice.” Feminist Studies 35(3): 454-480, 2009.

Suzanne A. Brenner

  • Position: Associate Professor (Anthropology)
  • Location: University of California – San Diego
  • Website: http://anthropology.ucsd.edu/people/faculty/faculty-profiles/suzanne-brenner.html
  • Research interests: gender, family, social transformation, politics in Indonesia
  • Current projects: Inside the Culture Wars: Marriage and Morality in America
  • Select publications:
    • Books (chapter): “Why Women Rule the Roost: Rethinking Javanese Ideologies of Gender and Self-Control.” In Bewitching Women, Pious Men: Gender and Body Politics in Southeast Asia, edited by Aihwa Ong and Michael Peletz. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1995. Pp. 19-50
    • Articles: “Private Moralities in the Public Sphere: Democratization, Islam, and Gender in Indonesia.” American Anthropologist 113(3): 478-490. 2011.

Pattaratorn Chirapravati

  • Position: Professor (Asian Art History and Curatorial Studies)
  • Location: California State University – Sacramento
  • Website: http://www.csus.edu/faculty/c/patchira/
  • E-mail: pchirapravati@csus.edu
  • Research interests: traditional, modern and contemporary Asian Art, art of: India, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea.
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Divination au royaume de Siam: Le corps, la guerre, le destin (Presses universitaries de France, 2011).
    • Articles: “The Transformation of Brahmanical and Buddhist Imagery in Central Thailand, 600-800,“ Lost Kingdoms:Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, ed. John Guy. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Yale University Press, 2014).

Deidre de la Cruz

  • Position: Assistant Professor (Southeast Asian Studies & History)
  • Location: University of Michigan
  • Website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/history/people/ci.delacruzdeirdre_ci.detail
  • E-mail: ddelac@umich.edu
  • Research interests: Cultures and histories of Southeast Asia, in particular the Philippines
  • Current projects: “Her current book project is a historical and ethnographic examination of several apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the Philippines from the mid nineteenth century to the present, especially as they articulate with projects and practices of colonial and post-colonial modernity.”
  • Select publications:
    • Books: “From the Power of Prayer to Prayer Power: On Religion and Revolt in the Catholic Philippines,” in Lee Wilson, Liana Chua, Joanne Cook, Nick Long, eds. Southeast Asian Perspectives on Power (London: Routledge Press, December 2011).
    • Articles. “Coincidence and Consequence: Marianism and the Mass Media in the Global Philippines,” in Cultural Anthropology 24:3, 455-488.

James Eder

  • Position: Professor (Anthropology)
  • Location: Arizona State University
  • Website: https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/90146
  • E-mail: JAMES.EDER@asu.edu
  • Research interests: Southeast Asia, the Philippines, ethnic identity, Islam
  • Current projects: “concerns ethnic identity, Islamic consciousness, and Muslim-Christian relations in Palawan”
  • Select publications:
    • Books (chapter): “Tree crops, fallow management, and agricultural settlement in the Cuyonon system of shifting cultivation.” A Growing Forest of Voices: Lessons in Fallow Management from Indigenous Peoples. Earthscan (2014).
    • Articles: “Ethnic difference, Islamic consciousness, and Muslim social integration in the Philippines”. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 2010.

Kikue Hamayotsu

  • Position:  Associate Professor (Political Science)
  • Location: Northern Illinois University
  • Website: http://www.niu.edu/polisci/faculty/profiles/hamayotsu.shtml
  • E-mail: khamayotsu@niu.edu
  • Research interests: Comparative Politics, Religion and Politics, Political Islam, Democratization, State Formation, Social Movements, Ethnic Conflict, and Politics and Society in the Muslim World, Malaysia, Indonesia
  • Current projects: “Her current research projects include religious movements and parties, electoral politics, religious violence, regime transitions, and the quality of democracy.”
  • Select publications:
    • Books: “Bringing Clientelism and Institutions Back In: The Rise and Fall of Religious Parties in Indonesia’s Electoral Democracy”,Party Politics in Southeast Asia: Clientelism and Electoral Competition in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, edited by Dirk Tomsa and Andreas Ufen (London: Routledge, 2012).
    • Articles: “Conservative Turn? Religion, State and Conflict in Indonesia,” Pacific Affairs: Volume 87, No. 4 (December 2014):  815-825.

Erik Harms

  • Position: Associate Professor (Anthropology, Southeast Asia Studies)
  • Location: Yale University
  • Website: http://world.yale.edu/faculty/erik-harms
  • E-mail: erik.harms@yale.edu
  • Research interests: Socio-cultural anthropology and ethnography, urban and peri-urban life, rural-urban transitions, politics of culture
  • Current projects: “Professor Harms is currently leading a three year study of the demolition and reconstruction of the urban landscape in two of Ho Chi Minh City’s New Urban Zones.”
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Saigon’s Edge: On the Margins of Ho Chi Minh City. University of Minnesota Press, 2011.
    • Articles: “Social Demolition: Creative Destruction and the Production of Value in Vietnamese Land Clearance.” in State, Society and the Market in Contemporary Vietnam. H.-T. Ho-Tai and M. Sidel, eds. Pp. 55-68. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Karl D. Jackson

  • Position: Professor (Southeast Asia Studies)/Director of the Asian Studies Program
  • Location: Johns Hopkins University
  • Website: https://www.sais-jhu.edu/karl-jackson
  • E-mail: kdjackson@jhu.edu
  • Research interests: ASEAN, Economics, Global Financial Crises, Irregular Warfare, World Bank and IMF
  • Select publications:
  • Books: Traditional Authority, Islam and Rebellion: A Study of Indonesian Political Behavior, University of California Press, 1980.

Vina A. Lanzona

  • Position: Associate Professor (History)
  • Location: University of Hawai’i – Manoa
  • Website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/history/people/vina-lanzona
  • E-mail: vlanzona@hawaii.edu
  • Research interests: modern Philippine and Southeast Asian history, Women and Revolution, Asian Civilizations and Cultures
  • Current projects: “work on a new book project reexamining Spanish colonialism in the Philippines”
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines, University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.
    • Articles: “Capturing the Huk Amazons:representing women warriors in the Philippines, 1940s–1950s,” South East Asia Research 17, no. 2, pp. 133-174 (London: School of Oriental and African Studies).

Judy Ledgerwood

  • Position: Professor (Anthropology)
  • Location: Northern Illinois University
  • Website: http://www.niu.edu/anthro/faculty_staff/faculty/ledgerwood.shtml
  • E-mail: jledgerw@niu.edu
  • Research interests: violence, memory, the re-construction of meaning in post-war and diaspora communities and gender, Cambodia
  • Current projects: “Her current research is focused on Cambodian Buddhism, violence and ideas of cultural identity.”
  • Select publications:
    • Books: “A Tale of Two Temples:  Communities and their Wats” IN Village Community and the Transforming Social Order in Cambodia and Thailand:  Essays in Honor of MayEbihara. John Marston, ed.  Melbourne: Monash University. 2011.
    • Articles: “Is the Trial of ‘Duch’ a Catalyst for Change in Cambodia’s Courts?” Asia Pacific Issues, no. 95 (Honolulu: East-West Center, June, 2010), With Kheang Un. 2010.

Andrea Molnar

  • Position: Professor (Anthropology)
  • Location: Northern Illinois University
  • Website: http://www.niu.edu/anthro/faculty_staff/faculty/molnar.shtml
  • E-mail: akmolnar@niu.edu
  • Research interests: religion, symbolism, Islam, social organization, political anthropology, language, and ecological anthropology, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, East Timor, Southern Thailand
  • Current projects: “ She is currently examining the socio-political effects of regional autonomy.”
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Grandchildren of the Gae Ancestors: Social Organization and Cosmology of the Hoga Sara of Flores. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2000.
    • Articles: “Died in the Service or Portugal’: Legitimacy of Authority and dynamics of Group Identity among the Atsabe Kemak in East Timor.”Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. 37(2):335-355, 2006.

Aihwa Ong

  • Position: Professor (Anthropology)
  • Location: University of California – Berkeley
  • Website: http://anthropology.berkeley.edu/people/aihwa-ong –  http://www.aihwaong.info/
  • E-mail:  aihwaong@berkeley.edu
  • Research interests: Cultural anthropology, modernity, transnationalism, citizenship, global cities, migration, Southeast Asia, China, contemporary U.S.
  • Current projects: Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate. 
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments or the Art of Being Global. Blackwell, 2011.
    • Articles: “A Milieu of Mutations: The Pluripotency and Fungibility of Life in Asia,”  East Asian Science, Technology and Society, 7:1–18, 2013.

Michael G. Peletz 

  • Position: Professor (Anthropology)
  • Location: Emory College
  • Website: http://anthropology.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/peletz.html
  • E-mail: mpeletz@emory.edu
  • Research interests: gender/sexuality, social and cultural theory, Islam, Islamic Law, Islamization, Malaysia, Southeast Asia and Pacific Rim
  • Current projects: Syariah Transformations
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Gender Pluralism: Southeast Asia Since Early Modern Times. New York and London: Routledge, 2009.
    • Articles: “Gender, Sexuality, and the State in Southeast Asia”. Journal of Asian Studies 71(4):895-917, 2012.

Laurie Sears

  • Position: Professor (History)
  • Location: University of Washington
  • Website:  https://depts.washington.edu/history/people/41 – http://faculty.washington.edu/lsears/
  • E-mail: lsears@uw.edu
  • Research interests: Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Comparative Colonialisms, Psychoanalysis and Colonialism, Historiography
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Situated Testimonies: Dread and Enchantment in an Indonesian Literary Archive Honolulu: U. of Hawai’i Press, 2013.
    • Articles: “Passionate Attachments to Area Studies and Asian American Studies: Subjectivity and Diaspora in the Transpacific.” Written with Francisco Benitez for Janet Hoskins and Viet Nguyen (Eds.), Transpacific Studies: Interventions and Intersections Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2013.

Sarah Shair-Rosenfield

  • Position: Assistant Professor (Political Science)
  • Location: Arizona State University
  • Website: http://www.public.asu.edu/~sshairro/index.html
  • E-mail: sarah.shair-rosenfield@asu.edu
  • Research interests: Southeast Asia, gender, political behavior
  • Current projects: Overcoming Uncertainty in New Democracies: The Causes of Electoral Reform in Comparative Perspective.
  • Select publications:
    • Articles: “A Comparative Measure of Decentralization for Southeast Asia” Journal of East Asian Studies 14(1): 85-107, 2014.

Mary Steedly

  • Position: Professor (Anthropology)
  • Location: Harvard University
  • Website: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~anthro/steedly/
  • E-mail: steedly@fas.harvard.edu
  • Research interests:  politics of religion, nationalism, gender studies, violence, military culture, Indonesia
  • Current projects: Rifle Reports: Gender, Nationalism and Peasant Resistance in the Karo Area, 1945-1950.
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Hanging without a Rope, Princeton University Press, 1993.
    • Articles: “The state of culture theory in the anthropology of Southeast Asia,” Annual Review of Anthropology, 2000.

Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung

Sylvia Tiwon

  • Position: Associate Professor (Southeast Asia studies)
  • Location: University of California – Berkeley
  • Website: http://sseas.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/sylvia-tiwon
  • E-mail:  tiwon@berkeley.edu
  • Research interests: national and pre-national literatures, oral discourse and mythologies, socio-cultural formations at the national and sub-national levels, Indonesia
  • Current projects: “She is currently completing a book on women in the production of discourse in Indonesia and launching new research on poetry and resistance in Indonesia.”
  • Select publications:
    • Books:  Breaking the Spell: Colonialism and Literary Renaissance in Indonesia, (Leiden: Semaian), 1999
    • Articles: “Failure of the Imaginary: Gendered Excess of the Indonesian Nation,” in Trans-status subjects: Gender in the globalization of South and Southeast Asia. S. Sarker and E.N. De, eds. (Durham: Duke University Press), 2002.

Nelly van Doorn-Harder

  • Position: Professor (Islamic Studies)
  • Location: Wake Forest College
  • Website: http://college.wfu.edu/religion/people/dr-van-doorn-harder/ – http://www.nellyvandoornharder.com/
  • E-mail: vandoopa@wfu.edu
  • Research interests: Islam, Islam in the West, Indonesia, Human Rights, Muslim women
  • Select publications:
    • Books: Women Shaping Islam. Indonesian Muslim Women Reading the Qur’an.  (Champaign-Urbana & Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006).
    • Articles: The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy.The Egyptian Church and its Leadership from the Ottoman Period to the Present. Part III, The Modern Coptic Papacy (1798-2010). Co-authored with Magdi Guirguis. (Cairo, AUC Press, 2011).

Kamala Visweswaran

  • Position: Associate Professor (Anthropology)
  • Location: University of Texas at Austin
  • Website: https://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/anthropology/faculty/kv84
  • E-mail: kvis@mail.utexas.edu
  • Research interests: feminist theory, gender and nationalism, comparative feminist movements, human rights, ethnic and political conflict
  • Select publications:
    • Articles “Affective States: Rethinking Culture as a Site of South Asian Human Rights Work” Human Rights Quarterly. 26(2):483-511, 2004.

Barbara Watson Andaya

  • Position: Professor (Asian Studies)
  • Location: University of Hawai’i – Manoa
  • Website: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~bandaya/
  • E-mail: bandaya@hawaii.edu
  • Research interests: western Malay-Indonesia archipelago, Southeast Asia
  • Select publications:
    • Books: The Flaming Womb: Repositioning Women in Southeast Asian History. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. Paperback edition, 2008.
    • Articles: “Between Empires and Emporia: The Economics of Christianization in Early Modern Southeast Asia.” In Empires and Emporia: The Orient and World Historical Space and Time, ed. Jos Gommans. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 52, 4-5: 963-97, 2009.