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 

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)

Brent Bianchi

Librarian for South & Southeast Asian Studies

Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support
Sterling Memorial Library

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 (Emeritus)

Professor of Anthropology

Linguistic anthropology (Indonesia)

Ben Kiernan (Emeritus)

A.Whitney Griswold Professor Emeritus of History; Founding Director (1994-1999), Cambodian Genocide Program; Founding Director (1998-2015), Genocide Studies Program, MacMillan Center

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

Alka Menon  

Assistant Professor of Sociology

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

James C. Scott (Emeritus)

Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Anthropology; Founding Director, Agrarian Studies Program (See Oral History Project: James Scott and the history of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale)

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

Nurfadzilah Yahaya

Assistant Professor of History

Legal history; histories of Southeast Asia;  Islamic law; mobilities; transnational history of the Indian Ocean (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South and Southeast Asia)

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)

Soumya James

Affiliate, Yale Council on Southeast Asian Studies 

Southeast Asian art history, premodern Cambodian art, gender and sexuality, landscape and built form (Cambodia)

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)


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 2023-2024

David Thang Moe

2023-2024 Henry Hart Rice Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer

Political theology, religion and conflict, nationalism, ethnic reconciliation, subaltern politics of resistance, and Christian-Buddhist-Muslim engagement in Southeast Asia (Myanmar)

Yin Yin Win

2023-2024 Associate Research Scholar  

International Human Rights Law, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law

 Courtney T. Wittekind
  2023-2024 Postdoctoral Associate
  Urban development and economic insecurity in contemporary Myanmar 

Frances O’Morchoe

2023-2024 Postdoctoral Associate 

Histories of Burma, Zomia, borders and borderlands, colonialism (Myanmar)

Asmus Rungby

2023-2024 Postdoctoral Fellow

Democracy, governance, political economy, urban studies (Malaysian Borneo)

  Elvin Ong

  2023-2024 Fulbright Visiting Fellow
  Democratization in East and Southeast Asia, with a specific focus on the role of 
  opposition parties

  Polina Polianskaja 

  2023-2024 Visiting Assistant in Research at the Whitney and Betty McMillan Center 

  Anthropology of moral choice; resistance and political violence; 
  polyphonic research 
methodologies (Myanmar)

Patricia Evangelista

2023-2024 Associate Reserach Scholar

Investigative and trauma journalism, literary nonfiction, extrajudicial killings, the Philippine drug war, crime and punishment, violent rhetoric, and resurgent authoritarianism

Tuyen Thi Nguyen

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, Vietnamese 2023-2024; Teacher of Enghish language to young learners in Bac Giang.  B.A degree in English, a diploma of Teaching English from Hanoi University

Rahmat Hidayat

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, Indonesian 2023-2024; English language teacher from Tasikmalaya in West Java. Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree in Tourism from Universitas Gadjah Mada and Ambarrukmo Tourism Institute.


 Ei Ei Khin

 Senior Program Manager

 Room 311, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Kristine Mooseker

Program Consultant, Publications

Truc Nguyen

Yale Library Cataloging Assistant, Southeast Asia Collection