Faculty and Staff

Below is a list of staff and faculty associated with the Southeast Asia Center. Clicking the individual's name will take you to his/her webpage. You can view this list alphabetically by last name according to staff, core faculty, affiliate faculty, and emeritus faculty.


Laurie Sears Director, Southeast Asia Center & Professor, History. 
Rick Bonus Director of Graduate Studies
Sara Van Fleet Associate Director, Southeast Asia Center
Tikka Sears Outreach Coordinator, Southeast Asia Center
Molly Wilskie-Kala Program Coordinator, Southeast Asia Center
Chris Grorud Program Assistant


Laurie  Rick  Sara  Tikka  Molly  


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Core Faculty


Francisco "Kiko" Benitez,  PhD, University of Wisconsin 2004.

Affiliate Faculty and President of The Philippine Women's University; Comparative Literature;  Colonial and Postcolonial Literature and Theory (particularly in Insular Southeast Asia), Diasporic and Transnational Literature and Culture, Southeast Asian Film and Literature, Philippine and Filipino American Studies

Enrique "Rick" Bonus, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1997.

Associate Professor; American Ethnic Studies; Filipino American Studies, Asian American Studies, Immigration and Transnationalism, Media and Race, Race and Public Space, Minorities in Education...more

Mary Callahan, Ph.D., Government, Cornell University,1996.

Associate Professor; Jackson School of International Studies;  Comparative Politics, Southeast Asia Studies, Civil-Military Relations

Patrick Christie, Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan 1999.

Associate Professor; School of Marine Affairs and Jackson School of International Studies; Social Feasibility of Ecosystem Based Management and Marine Protected Areas, Integrated Coastal Management...more

Sara Curran, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1994.

Associate Professor; Jackson School of International Studies and Evans School of Public Affairs; Social Demography, Environment, Development and Globalization, Gender...more

Richard Atienza, M.A. Ed., Language Teaching, St. Joseph's College, Manila, 2008.

Lecturer (Tagalog); American Ethnic Studies; Acquisition of Tagalog as a Second Language, Tagalog for Heritage Language Learners, Tagalog/Filipino Culture through Language

Christoph Giebel, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1996.

Associate Professor; History and Jackson School of International Studies; Southest Asia, Viet Nam

Gary Hamilton, Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington, 1975.

Professor; Sociology; Economic Sociology, Sociology of Organizations, Historical and Comparative Sociology, Chinese Societies, East Asian Societies and Economies

Tracy Harachi, Ph.D., University of Washington., Yale, 1999.

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Promotion of well-being and prevention of high risk behaviors among children and youth including community, school, and family-based interventions; issues related to migration including cultural adaptation of immigrants and refugees particularly SE Asian populations; area emphasis on Cambodia and RUPP

Judith Henchy, Ph.D., History, University of Washington.

Head, UW Libraries, Southeast Asia Section; 20th Century Vietnamese intellectual history

Charles Hirschman, Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1972.

Professor, Sociology and Evans School of Public Affairs; Demography, Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, Southeast Asia

Wiworn Kesavatana-Dohrs, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1989.

Lecturer (Thai), Asian Languages and Literature

Randall Kyes, Ph.D., University of Georgia.

Research Associate Professor, Psychology, His research focuses on population assessement, habitat analysis, conservation genetics, and pathogen transmission in primates and other megafauna with special emphasis on the human-animal interface in different countries including Bangladesh, China, Dem. Rep. of Congo, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, and Thailand.

Peter Lape, Ph.D., Brown, 2000.

Associate Professor, Anthropology and Curator, Burke Museum; Tropical Island land use and agriculture, paleoclimates, warfare, archaeology and history, religious change; Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific...more

Celia Lowe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Anthropology; Anthropology of reason, biosecurity, post-colonial theory, science studies, nationalism, identity; Southeast Asia, Indonesia...more

Ben Marwick, Ph.D., Australian National University, 2008.

Assistant Professor, Anthropology; Evolutionary ecology, archaeology, stone artifact technology; Mainland Southeast Asia and Australia...more

Chi Nguyen, Ph.D., Linguistics, Institute of Linguistics, Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences, Ha Noi, 2009.

Lecturer (Vietnamese), Asian Languages and Literature

Vicente Rafael, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1984.

Professor, History; Philippine History, Colonialism and Nationalism, Historiography...more

Beth Rivin, M.D., East Carolina University, 1982;
M.P.H., Harvard University, 1985.

Director, Global Health and Justice Project
Research Associate Professor of Law

Desiana Pauli Sandjaja, M.A., International Affairs, Ohio University, 1999.

Lecturer (Indonesian), Asian Languages and Literature

Laurie Sears, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1986.

Professor, History Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Comparative Colonialisms, Psychoanalysis and Colonialism, Historiography

Christina Sunardi, Ph.D., Music, University of California, Berkeley.

Assistant Professor, School of Music...more

Jonathan Warren, Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1997.

Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies, Education; Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism; Cultural Studies; Qualitative Research Methods.

Nathalie Williams, Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan, 2009.

Assistant Professor; Jackson School of International Studies and Department of Sociology; Demography, Migration, Armed Conflict, Climate Change, Southeast Asia

Than Than Win, Ph.D., English (TESOL), Northern Illinois University.

Lecturer (Burmese), Southeast Asian Studies

Anand Yang, Ph.D., History, University of Virginia, 1976.

Stanley D. Golub Professor of International Studies; popular culture in colonial India, colonial systems of discipline and punishment, South Asian diasporas and migrations, India

Luoth Yin, BA Political Science, Seattle University, 1986.

Lecturer (Khmer), Southeast Asian Studies

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Affiliate Faculty

George Behlmer, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1977.

Professor, History; Modern Britain, Social History of the Family, History of Medicine, Colonialism in Comparative Perspective

Therese Caouette

Affiliate; Jackson School of International Studies

Hazel Hahn, Ph.D. History, University of California at Berkeley, 1997.

Professor, History (Seattle University); Europe from the Enlightenment to present; European Cultural History; European Imperialism and Colonialism; European and Colonial Cities;  Gender and Culture in Modern Europe; History of Southeast Asia; Film and History; Historical Theory and Methodology

Robert Halvorsen

Professor, Economics; Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Susan Jeffords

Professor, English.

Darryl Johnson

Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

Geoff Kushnick, PhD, University of Washington 2006.

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology. Behavioral ecology of human reproduction, social evolution, and the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia...more

Jennifer Leehey, PhD Anthropology University of Washington 2010.

UW-Extension lecturer, International & English Language Programs.

Clark Lombardi, Ph.D., Columbia University, 2001.

Associate Professor, School of Law;Islamic law, constitutional law, federalism, comparative law, and development law

Mytoan Nguyen-Akbar, Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014.

Visiting Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Puget Sound; Globalization and Social Change, Qualitative Methods and Institutional Ethnography, Migration, Race and Ethnicity, Global Cities, Skilled Migration

Mark Oberle, M.P.H., Epidemiology  University of California (Berkeley), 1979.

Professor, School of Public Health; Epidemiology, Informatics

Robert Pekkanen, Ph.D., Political Science, Harvard University, 2002.

Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Harriet Phinney

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Seattle University

Jeff Richey, Ph.D., Ecology, UC Davis, 1974.

Professor, School of Oceanography, Adjunct, Quaternary Research Center, Drainage basin and riverine biogeochemistry; hydrological cycles; gas fluxes from field, modeling and remote sensing; and land-ocean interaction in the coastal zone.

Theresa Ronquillo, PhD., Social Welfare, 2008.

Instructional Consultant, Center for Teaching and Learning...more

James W. Tollefson, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1978.

Professor, English, Language policy

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Emeritus Faculty

Thomas Gething, Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Michigan, 1966.


Affiliate Professor (Emeritus); Asian Languages and Literature; Thai language, Khammuang (Northern Thai)...more

Charles "Biff" Keyes, Ph.D., Cornell, 1967.


Professor (Emeritus), Anthropology and Jackson School of International Studies; Ethnic group relations; transformation of peasant society; religion and modernity; sociology of Theravada Buddhism; anthropology and history; Southeast Asia, especially Thailand & Vietnam...more

Kim O. Nguyen, Ph.D., French Literature, UCLA, 1973.

Senior Lecturer (Emeritus),  Asian Languages and Literature; Vietnamese language and literature



Southeast Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-9606 tel
(206) 685-0668 fax

Laurie Sears, Director

Rick Bonus, Director of Graduate Studies

Sara Van Fleet, Associate Director

Tikka Sears, Outreach Coordinator

Molly Wilskie-Kala, Program Coordinator

Mary Barnes, Program Assistant