Seas People

Seas People



Michael R. Dove COUNCIL CHAIR (on leave spring 2018)            

Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Professor of Anthropology; Curator of Anthropology, Peabody Museum.

Ecological anthropology; natural resource use, conservation, and rural development; sociology of science (Insular Southeast Asia, Indonesia)

Erik Lind Harms ACTING COUNCIL CHAIR - Spring 2018

Associate Professor of Anthropology.

Socio-cultural anthropology and ethnography: urban and peri-urban life; rural-urban transitions; politics of culture (Viet Nam - See New Urban Vietnam project)

Dinny Risri Aletheiani

Lector, Indonesian Language Studies   

Indonesian language, culture and literature

Ruth Barnes

Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art, Yale Art Gallery

Textiles; Indian Ocean trade; social history of material culture (Indonesia, India, Southeast Asia)

Carol Carpenter

Senior Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist in Natural Resource Social Science, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Adjunct Lecturer, Anthropology.

Social anthropology; ecological anthropology; gender and agricultural systems; rural development (Indonesia)

Amity A. Doolittle

Associate Research Scientist in Conservation and Development, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Property rights and environmental change, environmental history (Malaysia)

J. Joseph Errington 

Professor of Anthropology

Linguistic anthropology (Indonesia)

Ben Kiernan (on leave Fall 2017)

A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History; Professor of International and Area Studies, MacMillan Center; Founding Director (1994-2015), Genocide Studies Program

History of Southeast Asia; genocide studies (Cambodia, Vietnam)

Richard Richie

Librarian for Southeast Asia Studies
Southeast Asia Studies Collection, Sterling Memorial Library

James C. Scott

Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology; Co-Director, Agrarian Studies Program.

Politics of Southeast Asia; politics of peasant society; revolution and violence (Burma, Malaysia)

Indriyo K. Sukmono

Senior Lector, Indonesian Language Studies.

Indonesian language and culture


Senior Lector II, Vietnamese Language Studies

Vietnamese language, culture and literature; eastern philosophy

Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan

Professor of Art History

Art history; Japan, Southeast Asia; Buddhism; religion and state; art and ideology


Robert Barnes

Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford (retired)

Ethnology, history and languages, cultural anthropology (Indonesia, Southeast Asia)

Bradley Camp Davis

Assistant Professor of History, Eastern Connecticut State University

History, uplands ethnic communities, Asian studies, Southeast Asian Studies (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand)

Marguerite Bich Nguyen

Assistant Professor of English, Wesleyan University

Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American Literature, Asian-American Studies, literary history

Stéphanie Ponsavady

Assistant Professor of French, Wesleyan University

Transport, traffic and mobilities in contemporary France and French colonial Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos)

Bradley Simpson

Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies, University of Connecticut

Southeast Asian history, history of human rights, decolonialization, history of U.S. foreign relations (Indonesia, East Timor)

Ivan V. Small

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University

Sociocultural and economic anthropology, globalization and transnational studies, emerging economies (Vietnam)


University Professor of Music, Wesleyan University; Instructor/Direcctor, MUSI 232, Yale Gamelan, Yale University

Indonesian music and theater; performance, history and theory of gamelan and wayang

Michele Thompson

Professor of History, Southern Connecticut State University

History of science; medicine and technology; comparative colonialisms (Vietnam, Southeast Asia).

Sarah Weiss

Rector, Saga Residential College, and Associate Professor of Humanities (Music), Yale-NUS College, Singapore 
Postcoloniality, hybridity, gender and aesthetics; Javanese gamelan; a cappella communities; urban music and music cultures (Indonesia)

Wynn Gadkar Wilcox

Associate Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures, Western Connecticut State University

Historiography and intellectual history (Vietnam)

Eve Zucker

Independent Scholar, Faculty Associate in Research, Southeast Asian Program,  Cornell University; Adjunct Associate Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Sociocultural Anthropology, Recovery from War and Genocide, Social Memory (Cambodia)

VISITORS 2017-2018

Matthew Isaac Cohen

Senior Visiting Fellow, YAGCUR Indo-Pacific Art (Fall 2017); Professor of International Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London

Wayang kulit, Indonesian arts and culture; see The Dr. Walter Angst and Sir Henry Angest Collection of Indonesian Puppets.

Jessica Melvin

Visiting Fellow, Genocide Studies Program; Lecturer, Department of History; Affiliate, Council on Southeast Asia Studies (Fall 2017)

Political violence and genocide in Aceh, Indonesia, East Timor and West Papua

Prisna Putri

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, Indonesian 2017-2018; English Lecturer, STKIP Polewali Mandar Teachers Training College, West Sulawesi, Indonesia

Roslina Sawitri

Post-graduate fellow and Indonesian teaching assistant, Fall 2017;  Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Letters, Maranatha Christian University, Bandung, Indonesia.  Teaching fellowship sponsored by the Indonesian Ministry of Education through the Center for Development of Language Strategy and Diplomacy (PPSDK), Jakarta, Indonesia. 


Kristine Mooseker

Program Manager
Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, Room 311

Karen Truc Van

Library Cataloging Assistant, Southeast Asia Collection

Mitchell Tan

Program Assistant, Publications

(Yale College 2018)