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)

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 2022-2023

David Thang Moe

2022-2023 Henry Hart Rice Postdoctoral Associate
Asian public theology of religions; Contemporary politics of Southeast Asia; Majority-minority ethnic conflict; Buddhist nationalism; Subaltern politics of resistance ; Ethnic reconciliation; Theory of federal democracy; Asian Christianity; and Christian-Buddhist engagement in Southeast Asia (Myanmar)

Qui-Ha Hoang Nguyen

2022-2023 Postdoctoral Associate;  Lecturer, Film and Media Studies Program

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

Frances O’Morchoe

2022-2023 Postdoctoral Associate 

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

Asmus Rungby

2022-2024 Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Trang Thuy Pham

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, Vietnamese 2022-2023; English teacher at Nguyen Binh Khiem secondary school.  B.A.  from Hanoi University, and Teaching Certificate from Hue University.

Delpani Selpia

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, Indonesian 2022-2023; Teacher of English language to university students at Andalas State Polytechnic. B.A.  from Universitas Negeri Padang, MA in English Language Education from Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia.


Ei Ei Khin

Senior Program Manager

Room 311, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Kristine Mooseker

Program Consultant / Assistant Director, Retired

Truc Nguyen

Yale Library Cataloging Assistant, Southeast Asia Collection