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Southeast Asian Studies in California

Aside from programs at the UC Berkeley and UCLA, many of California’s other public universities also offer opportunities to study and learn about Southeast Asia. This page highlights the range of expertise currently found at public and private institutions in the state.

University of California system

UC Berkeley
•  CSEAS faculty

UC Davis
•  Alan Klima, Anthropology (Thailand)
•  Robyn Rodriguez, Asian American Studies (Philippines)
•  Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)

UC Irvine
•  Tom Boellstorff, Anthropology (Indonesia)
•  Sylvia Nam, Anthropology (Cambodia)
•  Linda Vo, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)
•  Bliss Cua Lim, Film & Media Studies (Philippines)
•  Fatimah Tobing Rony, Film & Media Studies (Indonesia)

UC Los Angeles
•  CSEAS faculty

UC Merced
•  Ma Vang, Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (Laos)

UC Riverside
•  UC Riverside is home to the Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual and Performance (SEATRiP) program,
    with faculty in a number of different departments on campus.
•  The university offers instruction in Vietnamese and Tagalog.

UC San Diego
•  Suzanne Brenner, Anthropology (Indonesia)
•  Dredge Kang, Anthropology (Thailand)
•  John Blanco, Comparative Literature, Spanish and Cultural Studies (Philippines)
•  Yen-Le Espiritu, Ethnic Studies (Philippines, Vietnam)
•  Hoang Nguyen, Literature and Cultural Studies (Vietnam)
•  Claire Edington, History (Vietnam)
•  Nico Ravanilla, School of Global Policy and Strategy (Philippines)
•  Krislert Samphantharak, School of Global Policy and Strategy (Thailand)

UC Santa Cruz
•  Danilyn Rutherford, Anthropology (Indonesia)
•  Anna Tsing, Anthropology (Indonesia)
•  Megan Thomas, Politics (Philippines)
•  Kathy Foley, Theater (Indonesia)


California State University system

CSU East Bay
•  Maria Ortuoste, Political Science (Philippines, ASEAN)

CSU Fresno
•  Henry Delcore, Anthropology (Thailand)

CSU Fullerton
•  Eric Estuar Reyes, Asian American Studies Program (Philippines)
•  Laichen Sun, Associate Professor of History (Southeast Asia)

CSU Long Beach
•  Teri Yamada, Asian American Studies (Cambodia)
•  Linh Nguyen, Modern Languages and Linguistics (Vietnam)

CSU Los Angeles
•  Lance Nolde, History (Indonesia)

CSU Monterey Bay
•  Phuong Nguyen, Humanities and Communications (Vietnam)
•  Kathryn Poethig, Social, Behavioral & Global Studies (Cambodia)
•  Angie Ngoc Tran, Political Economy (Vietnam)

CSU Northridge
•  Gina Masequesmay, American Studies (Vietnam)

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
•  Christina Firpo, History (Vietnam)

CSU San Bernadino
•  Kathleen Nadeau, Anthropology (Philippines)

CSU Stanislaus
•  Bao Lo, Ethnic Studies (Laos, Thailand)

Sacramento State University
•  Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Art History (Thailand)
•  James Sobredo, Ethnic Studies (Philippines)
•  Michael Vann, History (Vietnam)

San Diego State University
•  Erin Riley, Anthropology (Indonesia)

San Francisco State University
•  Martha Lincoln, Anthropology (Vietnam)
•  Eric Pido, Asian American Studies (Philippines)
•  Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)
•  Jessica Elkind, History (Vietnam)
•  Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, History (Philippines)

San Jose State University
•  Bruce Reynolds, History (Thailand)
•  Peter Chua, Sociology (Philippines)


Private colleges & universities

Naval Postgraduate School
•  Naazneen Barma, National Security Affairs (Cambodia, Timor Leste)

Occidental College
•  Sophal Ear, Diplomacy & World Affairs (Cambodia)

Pepperdine University
•  Tuan Hoang, Humanities and Teacher Education (Vietnam)

Pomona College
•  Hung Cam Thai, Sociology and Asian American Studies (Vietnam)

Stanford University
•  J.P. Daughton, History (Vietnam)

University of San Diego
•  Christopher Adler, Music and Asian Studies (Thailand, Laos)
•  Jessica Patterson, Art History (Thailand)

University of San Francisco
•  James Zarsadiaz, History (Philippines)

University of Southern California
•  Brian Bernards, East Asian Languages and Cultures (Singapore)
•  Viet Thanh Nguyen, English and American Studies and Ethnicity (Vietnam)
•  Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, Sociology and Gender Studies (Philippines)

Whittier College
•  Jason Carbine, Religious Studies (Myanmar)