Seas People

Seas People



Michael R. Dove COUNCIL CHAIR            

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)

Dinny Risri Aletheiani

Senior Lector, Indonesian Language Studies   

Indonesian language, culture and literature; Indonesian dance and performance

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 (on leave Fall 2018 / Spring 2019)

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)

Erik Lind Harms (on leave Fall 2018 / Spring 2019)

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)

Ben Kiernan (on leave spring 2019)

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)

Michael Meng

Librarian for Chinese Studies and Interim Librarian for Southeast Asia Studies
Southeast Asia Studies Collection, Sterling Memorial Library

Rich Richie

Collection Development Librarian, DASHRS, Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support (DASHRS)

Former Librarian for Southeast Asia Studies

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)


Senior Lector, Indonesian Language Studies.

Indonesian language and culture

Quan T. Tran

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)

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).

Wynn Gadkar Wilcox

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

Historiography and intellectual history (Vietnam)

Eve Zucker

Visiting Lecturer, Yale Department of Anthropology, 2018-2019
Independent Scholar and author

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

VISITORS 2018-2019

Yunita Reny Bani Bili

Post-graduate fellow and Indonesian teaching assistant, Fall 2018; Lecturer and Researcher, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Nusa Cendana University, Indonesia

Matthew Isaac Cohen

Visiting Fellow, Yale Institute of Sacred Music; 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.

Hening Dian Paramita

Postgraduate Fellow and Indonesian Teaching Assistant Spring 2019, sponsored by the Indonesian Ministry of Education through the Center for Development of Language Strategy and Diplomacy (PPSDK), Jakarta, Indonesia; Language Tutor for BIPA (Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing- Indonesian Language for Foreigners).


Vincentius Yudhistira

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, Indonesian 2018-2019; Instructor, Language Training Program, Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga, Indonesia.


Kristine Mooseker

Program Manager
Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, Room 311

Karen Truc Van

Library Cataloging Assistant, Southeast Asia Collection