Seas People

Seas People



Erik Lind Harms, COUNCIL CHAIR

Professor of Anthropology and Southeast Asia Studies

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


Senior Lector, Indonesian Language Studies   

Indonesian language, culture and literature; Indonesian dance and performance

Sunil Amrith (on leave 2021-2022 Academic Year)

Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History

Environmental history; migration history; South/Southeast Asia connections (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar)

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, Yale School of the Environment; Adjunct Lecturer, Anthropology.

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

Amity A. Doolittle

Associate Research Scientist in Conservation and Development, Yale School of the Environment

Property rights and environmental change, environmental history (Malaysia)

Michael R. Dove  

Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology, Yale School of the Environment; Professor of Anthropology; Curator of Anthropology, Peabody Museum.

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

J. Joseph Errington 

Professor of Anthropology

Linguistic anthropology (Indonesia)

Ben Kiernan (on leave, Fall 2021)

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)

Alka Menon  

Assistant Professor of Sociology

health and medicine; race and ethnicity; gender; globalization; sociology of the body; science and technology (Malaysia)

Brandon Miliate

Librarian for South and Southeast Asian Studies

Southeast Asia Studies Collection, Sterling Memorial Library

James C. Scott

Emeritus Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology; Founding 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

Quan T. Tran

Senior Lecturer, Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and American Studies

Comparative ethnicity, race, and migration; Vietnamese boat people; Asian American studies; diaspora and transnational studies (Vietnam)

Quang Phu Van

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)

Matthew Isaac Cohen

Professor, Department of Dramatic Arts, University of Connecticut

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

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

Associate 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

C. Michele Thompson

Professor of History, Southern Connecticut State University

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

Wynn Gadkar Wilcox

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

Historiography and intellectual history (Vietnam)

Eve Zucker

Associate Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

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

VISITORS 2021-2022

Qui-Ha Hoang Nguyen

2021-2022 Postdoctoral Associate;  Lecturer, Film and Media Studies Program

Women in Vietnamese Revolutionary Cinema 1945-1975” and “Women and Vietnamese Post-socialist Cinema” (Vietnam)

Ma Thida

Fall 2021 Visiting Research Associate

Contemporary Burmese politics, (Myanmar); author, surgeon, and human rights activist; Board member PEN International

Nhu Truong

Fall 2021 Postdoctoral Associate

Authoritarian politics; repressive-responsive regimes; party and state formation; contentious politics; political economy of land & rural development; Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia (Vietnam, China)

Nia Zein 

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, Indonesian 2021-2022;  English teacher, Mataram Lingua Franca Institute, Lombok, Indonesia;  BA from the Universitas Mataram, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education.


Kristine Mooseker

Program Manager
Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, Room 311

Truc Nguyen

Yale Library Cataloging Assistant, Southeast Asia Collection