Anida Yoeu Ali, M.F.A. Performance, School of the Art Institute Chicago. Multimedia/interdisciplinary artist, diasporic scholar, and community activist. Artist-in-residence, UW Bothell
Enrique “Rick” Bonus, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1997; Associate Professor, American Ethnic Studies. Areas of interest: Filipino-American studies, Asian-American studies, immigration and transnationalism, media and race, race and public space, minorities in education…
Mary Callahan, Ph.D., Government, Cornell University,1996; Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies. Areas of interest: comparative politics, Southeast Asia studies, and civil-military relations.
Patrick Christie, Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan 1999; Professor, School of Marine Affairs and Jackson School of International Studies. Areas of interest: social feasibility of ecosystem-based management and marine-protected areas, integrated coastal management.
Sara Curran, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1994; Professor, Jackson School of International Studies and Evans School of Public Affairs. Areas of interest: social demography, environment, development and globalization, gender.
Raissa DeSmet, Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz. Lecturer, UWB Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, adjunct curator of Asian ethnology, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.  Asian visual studies, feminist studies, critical theory, creative non-fiction.
Scott FritzenAssociate Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance; Anti-corruption Reforms, Intergovernmental Relations, International Development, Public Management, Social Policy.
Christoph Giebel, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1996; Associate Professor, History and Jackson School of International Studies. Areas of Interest: Southeast Asia and Viet Nam, comparative colonialism and (French and US) imperialism in Southeast Asia, history, historiography, and memory, and, the spatial representations of the wars in Viet Nam.
Jenna Grant, Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Iowa, 2013; Assistant Professor, Sociocultural Anthropology. Areas of interest: medical anthropology, science and technology studies, global health, visual anthropology, medical imaging, malaria, Southeast Asian studies, and Cambodia.
Tracy Harachi, Ph.D., University of Washington, 1999; Associate Professor, School of Social Work. Areas of interest: Promotion of well-being and prevention of high risk behaviors among children and youth including community, school, and family-based interventions; and, migration, including cultural adaptation of immigrants and refugees particularly Southeast Asian populations.
Judith Henchy, Ph.D., History, University of Washington; Head, University of Washington Libraries, Southeast Asia Section. Areas of interest: 20th-century Vietnamese intellectual history.
Kell Juan, B.A., American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington, 2017.  Lecturer, Tagalog.  A native speaker of Tagalog, Kell recognizes that language learning also encompasses cultural learning, and enjoys integrating that element in her classes.
Randall Kyes, Ph.D., University of Georgia; Research Professor, Psychology. Areas of interest: population assessment, habitat analysis, conservation genetics, pathogen transmission in primates and other megafauna, with special emphasis on the human-animal interface in different countries including Bangladesh, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, and Thailand.
Amy Kim, Ph.D., Texas A&M University; Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW. Areas of interest: effective change management and decision making practices for delivering sustainable infrastructure projects.
Peter Lape, Ph.D., Brown, 2000; Professor, Department of Anthropology and Curator, Burke Museum. Areas of interest: tropical Island land use and agriculture, paleoclimates, warfare, archaeology and history, religious change; island Southeast Asia and the Pacific…
Alexis Licht, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences; Sedimentology of continental systems, Links between Tectonics, Climate and Evolution, Cenozoic Paleoclimate and ecosystems
James Lin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Studies; history of Taiwan and its interactions with the world, including a focus on Southeast Asia, in the 20th century.
Celia Lowe, Ph.D., Professor, Anthropology. Areas of interest: anthropology of reason, biosecurity, post-colonial theory, science studies, nationalism, identity, Southeast Asia, Indonesia…
Ben Marwick, Ph.D., Australian National University, 2008; Associate Professor, Anthropology. Areas of interest: evolutionary ecology, archaeology, stone artifact technology, mainland Southeast Asia and Australia…
Linh Thủy Nguyễn, Ph.D., University of California , San Diego; Assistant Professor, American Ethnic Studies. Areas of Interest: terpersonal and structural relationships between history, memory, race, war, migration and family.
Mollie Pepper, CHID Thailand Program Director, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Northeastern University. Research interests center on gender, violence, and power in Thailand and Myanmar.
Vicente Rafael, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1984; Professor, History. Areas of interest: Philippine history, colonialism and nationalism, historiography…
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
Desiana Pauli Sandjaja, M.A., International Affairs, Ohio University, 1999; Teaching Professor (Indonesian), and Southeast Asia Language Program Coordinator. Areas of interest: Asian languages and literature.
Christina Sunardi, Ph.D., Music, University of California, Berkeley; Associate Professor, School of Music…
Bich-Ngoc Turner, Ph.D., American Studies, University of Hawaii; Assistant Teaching Professor, Vietnamese language and literature. Areas of interest: U.S.-Viet Nam relations, postwar Viet Nam, and international studies.
Jonathan Warren, Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1997; Professor, Jackson School of International Studies. Areas of interest: education, race, ethnicity and nationalism, cultural studies, and qualitative research methods.
Than Than Win, Ph.D., English (TESOL), Northern Illinois University; Lecturer (Burmese), Southeast Asian studies.
Anand Yang, Ph.D., History, University of Virginia, 1976; Professor, Jackson School of International Studies; and, Chair, History Department. Areas of interest: popular culture in colonial India, colonial systems of discipline and punishment, South Asian diasporas and migrations, India, Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia.
Luoth Yin, M.A., Creative Writing, Southern New Hampshire University, 2017; B.A. Political Science, Seattle University, 1986; Lecturer (Khmer), Southeast Asian Studies.

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Affiliated Faculty


Hoàng t. Diệu-Hiền, MN, MPH, PhD, Global Health, Public Health, Nursing, University of Washington. Areas of interest: Strength-based community-driven and community-engaged research to promote social factors affecting health, life review reminiscence, cultural displacement, community cohesion, and health.
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
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
Jennifer Leehey, PhD Anthropology University of Washington 2010. UW-Extension lecturer, International & English Language Programs.
Clark Lombardi, Ph.D., Columbia University, 2001. Professor, School of Law;Islamic law, constitutional law, federalism, comparative law, and development law
Harriet PhinneyAssistant 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.
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
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)…
Gary Hamilton, Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington, 1975; Professor, Sociology. Areas of interest: economic sociology, sociology of organizations, historical and comparative sociology, Chinese societies, and East Asian societies and economies.
Charles Hirschman, Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1972; Professor, Sociology and Evans School of Public Affairs. Areas of interest: demography, race and ethnicity, immigration, and Southeast Asia.
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…
Kim O. Nguyen, Ph.D., French Literature, UCLA, 1973.Senior Lecturer (Emeritus),  Asian Languages and Literature; Vietnamese language and literature
Laurie Sears, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1986; Professor, History; Walker Family Endowed Professor of History; Former Director of Southeast Asia Center. Areas of interest: Indonesia, Southeast Asia, comparative colonialisms, psychoanalysis and colonialism, and historiography.