University of Washington

Rick Bonus

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1997
Associate Professor, American Ethnic Studies
Director of Graduate Studies, Southeast Asia Center
Director, Diversity Minor Program
Adjunct Associate Professor, Communication
Affiliate Faculty, Center for Multicultural Education

University of Washington
B527 Padelford Hall, Box 354380
Seattle, WA 98195

tel. 206-543-3929
fax. 206 616-4071


Rick Bonus is primarily an associate professor of American ethnic studies, but he also has strong interests in the conjunctions among ethnic studies, American studies, Pacific Islander Studies, and Southeast Asian studies, particularly as they deal with the historical and contemporary phenomena of migration, transnationalism, interdisciplinary work, and multicultural pedagogy. His first book, Locating Filipino Americans: Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Space (Temple 2000), is a study of transnational Filipino experiences in the U.S. within the contexts of U.S. imperial histories, labor recruitment, and ethnic community formations. He co-edited the anthology, Intersections and Divergences: Contemporary Asian American Communities (Temple 2002), a collection of essays that grapple with the heterogeneities, complexities, and contradictions of racialized group formations. He has written essays on the cultural politics of difference, media representations, and multicultural education.

Rick teaches courses pertaining to U.S. multiracial society, Filipino American History and Culture, ethnographies of Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian America, and education in relationship to race. His forthcoming book is based on an ethnography of underrepresented students whose college experiences become generative sites for critiquing and transforming university schooling. He is also an adjunct associate professor in Communication, the director of the College of Arts and Science's Diversity Minor program, and the director of graduate studies in the Southeast Asia Center. He has been involved in the creation and sustenance of several UW mentorship programs that specifically target the retention and eventual graduation of students who identify as, or are allies with, Pacific Islanders, Chicanos/Latinos, Native Americans, African Americans, and African diasporic people. He also works on advocacy for underrepresented faculty, curriculum transformation, and nurturing community linkages with many groups. He was formerly the president of the Association for Asian American Studies.



Patrick Christie

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1999
Associate Professor, School of Marine Affairs
Associate Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

University of Washington
Box 355685
3707 Brooklyn Avenue N.E.
Seattle, WA 98l05-67l5

tel. 206 685-6661
fax.  206 543-1417


Many people know that time is running out for the oceans. But do we also care of if it’s running out for poor coastal people dependent on the ocean? Patrick Christie studies and teaches how these issues are always linked and will define whether conservation succeeds. He is fascinated by and concerned that the marine science and conservation community tend to care about the former and ignore, or are less interested, in the latter. In his work, he questions the unpinning of the current marine science-donor-scientist-policy maker decision making process in a manner that is empirical, critical when supported by empirical evidence, and he attempts to offer constructive criticism. Patrick Christie is an Associate Professor at the School of Marine Affairs and the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington ( 

He is also a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation (
He has led various comparative, socio-ecological research projects in the US, Philippines, Indonesia and Nicaragua to inform the practice of marine resource management. He recently taught a joint course with the University of Washington and the Northwest Indian College on tribal fishing rights in Puget Sound. He regularly provides technical advice on the human dimensions of marine conservation to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, World Bank, USAID, and various governmental and non-governmental environmental organizations. In addition to his scholarship, he is actively engaged in marine protected area design and implementation in various locations. He draws from his three years of experience living in a Philippine fishing community implementing a community-based marine protected area as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He is Editor-In-Chief for the journal Coastal Management and a former national board member for The Coastal Society and the Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation in the Philippines. He has a Bachelors degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters degree in Conservation Biology and a Doctorate in Environmental Sociology and Policy from the University of Michigan.



Sara R. Curran

Ph.D., 1994, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Associate Professor of International Studies and Public Affairs
Associate Director, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

University of Washington
Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs
417 Thompson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

tel. (206) 543-6479


Sara Curran joined the faculty of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs in 2005. Prior to that she was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Princeton University, where she was also a faculty associate in the Office of Population Research, and in the Center for International Studies. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S., natural resource management), North Carolina State University (M.S., sociology and economics), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D., sociology).

Curran researches internal migration in developing countries, globalization, family demography, environment and population, and gender. She is writing a book, Shifting Boundaries, Transforming Lives: Globalization, Gender and Family Dynamics in Thailand, which analyzes how migration and education transformed Thai society between 1984-2000. She received the outstanding faculty advising award from the Princeton Sociology majors in 2002 and 2004. She has authored work that has appeared in Demography, Population and Development Review, Social Science Research, Teaching Sociology, Journal of International Women's Studies, and Journal of Marriage and the Family. She serves on several national and international advisory committees and boards.



Thomas W. Gething

PhD, University of Michigan, 1966
Affiliate Professor, Asian Languages & Literature

Director, Advanced Study of Thai program

University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall, Box 353650
Seattle WA 98195

tel. 206-543-9606
fax. 206-685-0668

Tom Gething's interests are focused on Thailand and the Thai language. However, he maintains involvement with the field of Southeast Asia language teaching broadly and currently serves as the chair of the Executive Board of the Southeast Asian Languages Summer Institute (SEASSI) and chairs its Steering Committee as well. In addition, he directs the federally-assisted Advanced Study of Thai program that provides intensive, accelerated, immersion study of Thai annually. AST is open to undergraduate and graduate students across the US and is offered at Chiang Mai University in the Faculty of Humanities.

He does research on language and culture and is currently working on Kham Muang to produce an introductory textbook for student use.




Charles “Biff” Keyes

Ph.D., Cornell University 1967
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and International Studies

University of Washington
Department of Anthropology
Box 353100
Seattle, WA 98195

tel. 206_523-9466; 206-235-9524


Charles Keyes joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 1965 and since then has served at this institution as chair of the department of anthropology (1985-1990, and 2007) and director of the center for Southeast Asian Studies (1986-1997). He has been a visiting professor at Chiang Mai and Mahasarakham universities in Thailand, Copenhagen University in Denmark, Gothenburg University in Sweden, the University of California in Los Angeles, and the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan. He is also past-president of the Association for Asian Studies.

Professor Keyes has since the early 1960s carried out extensive research in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia on Buddhism and modernity, ethnicity and national cultures, and culture and ‘development’. He has authored, edited or co-edited 14 books, monographs or special issues of journals and published over 80 articles. His published work includes Isan: Regionalism in Northeastern Thailand (1967, in Thai translation, 2009); On the Margins of Asia: Diversity in Asian States (ed., 2006); Cultural Crisis and Social Memory: Modernity and Identity in Thailand and Laos (edited with Shigeharu Tanabe, 2002); The Golden Peninsula: Culture and Adaptation in Mainland Southeast Asia (reprinted, 1995); Asian Visions of Authority: Religion and the Modern States of East and Southeast Asia (edited with Laurel Kendall and Helen Hardacre, 1994); “Northeastern Thai Ethnoregionalism Updated,” in Anthropological Traces: Thailand and the Work of Andrew Turton., ed. by Nicholas Tapp (2010); “Buddhism, Human Rights, and Non-Buddhist Minorities,” in Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights ed. by Tom Banchoff and Robert Wuthnow (in press); “Ethnicity and the Nation-States of Thailand and Vietnam,” in Integration, Marginalization and Resistance: Ethnic Minorities of the Greater Mekong Subregion, edited by Prasit Leepreecha, Kwanchewan Buadaeng and Don McCaskill (2008); “Monks, Guns and Peace: Theravada Buddhism and Political Violence,” in Belief and Bloodshed, edited by James Wellman (2007); and “‘The Peoples of Asia’: Science and Politics in Ethnic Classification in Thailand, China and Vietnam,” Journal of Asian Studies (2002).
In 2003 he was given the Graduate Mentoring award by the University of Washington in recognition for his work supervising the PhD committees of 41 students and 20 MA students (nearly a third of whom have come from Thailand and Vietnam). He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and honors, including an honorary PhD from Mahasarakham University in Thailand in 2004. He has been selected as a keynote speaker for a number of international conferences and in 2001 he served as the David Skomp distinguished lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Indiana.

Although formally retired in 2007, Professor Keyes has continued to teach part-time at the University of Washington and has also taught at the National University of Social Science and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is working with the University of Washington Libraries on a project developing together with institutions in Thailand a digital archive of research materials on Thailand. He is currently engaged in work on two books based on his long-term research in Thailand.



Peter Lape
Ph.D., Brown University, 2000
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Curator of Archaeology, Burke Museum

University of Washington
Denny Hall 140
Box 353010
Seattle, WA 98195

tel. 206 685-9364
fax. 206 543-3285


Peter Lape’s research and publications are focused on the archaeology of Island Southeast Asia. Current projects include investigations of the origins of agriculture, links between climate change and warfare, and trade and Islam in the region. He works collaboratively with colleagues from Southeast Asian institutions and recently has been co-teaching a series of archaeology field training courses in Indonesia and the Philippines. He is also interested in the links between archaeology, cultural heritage management and museums. He received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for a 5 year project titled the Southeast Asia Archaeological Research and Training Program, which provides a wide variety of opportunities for students from the US and Southeast Asia in graduate training in archaeology, field schools, museum studies and cultural heritage law, through a series of Luce Fellowships. He teaches a 300-level course in the archaeology of Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific, in addition to other courses in Public Archaeology, Anthropology of War and History and Archaeology. For more information, see his website at


Celia Lowe

Associate Professor, Anthropology

University of Washington
Denny Hall 117
Box 353100
Seattle, WA 98195-3100

tel. 206 543-5386
fax. 206 543-3285 










Ben Marwick

Ph.D.,  Australian National University, 2008
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

University of Washington
Denny Hall 117
Box 353100
Seattle, WA 98195-3100

tel. 206.552.9450
fax. 206.543.3285


Professor Ben Marwick's main
research activity is using evolutionary models to analyse past human behaviour in mainland Southeast Asia. His interests start from the first human colonisation of the region, as recently discussed in an article in Quaternary International. His technical specialisation in the stone artefacts of mainland Southeast Asian hunter-gatherers provides him with wide scope in time periods and geography. He has recently published studies of prehistoric stone artefact technology from Thailand and Laos in Antiquity and the Journal of Archaeological Science. More recently he has started working on medieval bronze Buddha craft traditions. He works closely with colleagues from Thai and Lao institutions as well as archaeologists throughout the western hemisphere. Ben teaches a 300-level undergraduate class covering mainland Southeast Asian archaeology, in addition to his geoarchaeology lab class and other offerings.



Vicente L. Rafael

Ph.D. Cornell University
Associate Professor, History

University of Washington

Department of History
Smith Hall 315
Box 353560
Seattle, WA 98195-3560

tel. (206) 543-5699
fax. (206) 543-9451



Vicente L. Rafael joined the University of Washington as Professor of History in 2003. Prior to UW, he taught at the University of California in San Diego, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Ateneo de Manila University, with post-doc stints at Stanford University and the University of California at Irvine. Much of his work has focused on Spanish and U.S. colonial rule in the Philippines, as well as on the contemporary cultural politics of the country. His teaching includes such fields as Modern Southeast Asian History, Histories of the Philippines, Comparative Colonialism and Nationalism, and the US Empire in Comparative Perspective. Through his location in the department of history, he has sought to study such topics as language and power, the politics of translation and Christian conversion, technology and humanity, and the politics and poetics of representation.

Rafael's books include _Contracting Colonialism: Translation and Christian Conversion in Tagalog Society Under Early Spanish Rule_ (1988; 1993); _Discrepant Histories: Translocal Essays in Filipino Cultures_ (ed., 1995); _Figures of Criminality in Indonesia, the Philippines and Colonial Vietnam_ (ed., 1999), _White Love and Other Events in Filipino History_ (2000), and _The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines_ (2005). He has also published essays on subjects ranging from cell phones and social movements in the Philippines to American monolingualism and the "global war on terror."

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Theresa Ronquillo

Ph.D, Social Welfare, University of Washington School of Social Work, 2008

Instructional Consultant, Center for Teaching and Learning
University of Washington

Gerberding Hall

tel. 206-685-1631



Among other things, Theresa Ronquillo works on oral histories and multimedia performance projects in collaboration with Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee communities.  She is interested in community capacity building and social justice work as well as curriculum innovation and the application of critical pedagogical
approaches in interdisciplinary education.  Arts-based social work practice, education, and scholarship represent another of her major interests.





Christina Sunardi

Ph.D. University of California, Berkley

Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology
University of Washington
Box 353450
Seattle, WA 98195
tel. 206-543-0266


Christina Sunardi’s interests include performance, identity, and ethnography in Indonesia. Her work focuses in particular on the articulation of gender through music, dance, and theater in the cultural region of east Java. Based in the School of Music, she offers general courses on Asian music and world music and more specialized courses on music, dance, and theatrical traditions of Indonesia. She also offers lessons in east Javanese dance. Her publication highlights include two forthcoming articles, “Pushing at the Boundaries of the Body: Cultural Politics and Cross-Gender Dance in East Java” (Bijdragen Tot de Taal-, Land en Volkenkunde, December 2009) and “Making Sense and Senses of Locale Through Perceptions of Music and Dance in Malang, East Java” (Asian Music, January 2010). Dr. Sunardi has been studying and performing Javanese arts since 1997 in Indonesia and the United States, earning her Ph.D. in music from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. She is currently working on a book about the negotiation of tradition through cross-gender dance in east Java. In addition to her academic work, she enjoys playing gamelan music with Gamelan Pacifica and performing as an independent dancer.


Sara Van Fleet

Ph.D. University of Washington 
Associate Director, Southeast Asia Center
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

tel.  206-543-9606



Sara Van Fleet is Associate Director of the Southeast Asia Center in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Dr. Van Fleet received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Washington in 1998. She conducted fieldwork with the audiences of Thai television soap operas in northern Thailand focusing on issues of gender, media and social change.

Dr. Van Fleet joined the UW Southeast Asia Center in 1999. She oversees the administration of the UW Southeast Asian studies program and the U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant for Southeast Asian studies. She also assists in the administration of the Southeast Asian studies FLAS grants, travel awards, and the Southeast Asian studies MA program, where she occasionally offers graduate seminars.

Dr. Van Fleet lives on Vashon Island. She is a passionate gardener and wildlife advocate and leads workshops and writes about issues of wildlife gardening. She also teaches Zumba classes, a popular Latin-based dance aerobics program.





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