University of Washington

Southeast Asia Center Faculty and Staff

Below is a list of staff and faculty associated with the Southeast Asia Center. You can view this list alphabetically by last name under the categories staff, core faculty, affiliate faculty, and emeritus faculty.


Laurie Sears Director; Professor, History; Walker Family Endowed Professor of History
Rick Bonus Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor, American Ethnic Studies
Sara Van Fleet Associate Director
Tikka Sears Outreach Coordinator
Mary Barnes
Program Assistant
Linda Cuadra Program Assistant
Hoang Ngo Program Assistant


Laurie  Rick  Sara  Tikka 


Core Faculty

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

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

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

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

Jenna Grant, Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Iowa, 2013.

Assistant Professor; Sociocultural Anthropology; Medical anthropology; science and technology studies; global health; visual anthropology; medical imaging; malaria; Southeast Asian studies; Cambodia

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; migration, including cultural adaptation of immigrants and refugees particularly SE Asian populations; 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.

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

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

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

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

Lecturer (Indonesian), Asian Languages and Literature; Southeast Asia Language Program Coordinator

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

Professor, History Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Comparative Colonialisms, Psychoanalysis and Colonialism, Historiography; Walker Family Endowed Professor of History

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

Associate Professor, School of Music...more

Bich-Ngoc Turner, Ph.D., American Studies, University of Hawaii.

Lecturer, Vietnamese language and literature; U.S.-Vietnam relations; Postwar Vietnam; International Studies

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

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

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 (Retired)

Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

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

Jarrad Powell, M.A., Music Composition, Mills College

Professor, Music Department, Cornish College of the Arts; composition, music theory, world music, gamelan; Director of Gamelan Pacifica.


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.

Cabeiri Robinson, Ph.D., Anthropology, Cornell University, 2005.

Associate Professor; Jackson School of International Studies; Political Islam; Refugee Studies; Human Rights and Humanitarianism; Political Violence and Armed Conflict, Post-Conflict and Transitional Justice; Political and Legal Anthropology; South Asia, especially Pakistan, India, Jammu & Kashmir; Comparative Muslim Societies

Theresa Ronquillo, Ph.D., Social Welfare, 2008.

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

Susan Thompson, M.A., Public Health, University of Washington, 1998.

Director, Timor-Leste Programs, Health Alliance International; Improving quality and access to maternal and newborn care and family planning services in Timor-Leste

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

Professor, English, Language policy

Michael Viola, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.

Core Faculty, Antioch University Seattle, BA Degree Completion - Liberal Studies, Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change; critical pedagogy, ethnic studies, Filipino/a and Filipino/a American Studies, cultural studies, political economy, and global social movements.

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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

Mary Barnes, Program Assistant

Linda Cuadra, Graduate Student Assistant