Student Information


UC Berkeley is home to one of the strongest Southeast Asian collections in the country, with holdings maintained in the main stacks of Gardner/Doe Library and in subject specialty libraries around campus.

The South/Southeast Asia Library (S/SEAL), located in Doe Library, serves as the main reference center for Southeast Asian social sciences and humanities. S/SEAL maintains an extensive reference collection of bibliographies, indexes, dictionaries, atlases, directories, statistical annuals and core works in its reading room. The library's website hosts useful links concerning research and exhibitions about Southeast Asia.

The Ethnic Studies Library maintains primary and secondary source holdings relevant to the experiences of the Southeast Asian diaspora in the U.S., while the Bancroft Library includes the university's special collections on Southeast Asia. These collections include the Barrows collection on the Philippines; the Briggs collection on Indonesia, Indochina, and the Malay Peninsula; and the McFarland archive on Thailand and Cambodia. The library also holds invaluable materials on the Philippines collected by R. F. Barton, Alfred Kroeber, and Bernard Moses in the first half of the twentieth century.

Recent Ph.D. Dissertations

Buddhist Studies

  • Trent Walker, "Unfolding Buddhism: Communal Scripts, Localized Translations, and the Work of the Dying in Cambodian Chanted Leporellos", 2018

Environmental Science, Policy and Management

  • Lisa Kelley, "Politics and Policy along an Indonesian Commodity Frontier: Reconstructing Four Decades of Land Use, Land Cover and Livelihood Change in Southeast Sulawesi", 2017
  • Matthew Luskin, "Tropical Rainforest Food Webs in the Anthropocene", 2016
  • Kevin Woods, "The War to Rule: Ceasefire Capitalism and State-Making in Burma's Borderlands", 2017

History of Art

  • Sandra Sardjono, "Tracing Patterns of Textile in Ancient Java (8th-15th century)", 2017


  • Jose de Castro, "Modernizing Philippine Rulemaking: Drawing Lessons from the United States", 2016


  • Evyn Le Espiritu, "Archipelago of Resettlement: Vietnamese Refugee Settlers in Guam and Israel-Palestine", 2018
  • Paul Nadal, "Remittance Culture: Literature, Finance Capital, and the Global Dispensation of the Philippines", 2017

South & Southeast Asian Studies

  • Umar, "Beautiful Lives: Priests, Beauticians, and Performance of Islamic Piety in a Non-Gendered Economy in South Sulawesi, Indonesia", 2016