Southeast Asian Studies in California

California coast

A listing of faculty at University of California and California State University campuses, and at private colleges and universities in the state, whose research includes work on Southeast Asia. The state university campuses, along with UC Berkeley and UCLA, that offer instruction in Southeast Asian languages are listed below also. [List updated as of March 2023.]

University of California system

UC Davis

Alan Klima, Anthropology (Thailand)

Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)

Henry Spiller, Music (Indonesia)

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)

Long Bui, Global and International Studies (Vietnam)

Diu-Huong Nguyen, History (Vietnam)

Hun Kee Kim, Urban Planning & Public Policy (Vietnam, Laos)


CSEAS-affiliated faculty

UC Merced

Ma Vang, Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (Laos)

UC Riverside

The Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual and Performance (SEATRiP) program brings together faculty in a number of different departments on campus. 

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)

Claire Edington, History (Vietnam)

Simeon Man, History (Southeast Asia)

Marc Garellek, Linguistics (Hmong)

Hoang Tan Nguyen, Literature (Vietnam)

Chinary Ung, Music (Cambodia)

Samuel Bazzi, School of Global Policy and Strategy (Indonesia)

Nico Ravanilla, School of Global Policy and Strategy (Philippines)

Krislert Samphantharak, School of Global Policy and Strategy (Thailand)

UC Santa Cruz

Anna Tsing, Anthropology (Indonesia)

Celine Parrenas Shimizu, Arts Dean (Philippines)

Kathleen Gutierrez, History (Philippines)

Boreth Ly, History of Art (Cambodia)

Steve McKay, Sociology (Philippines)

Megan Thomas, Politics (Philippines)

California State University system

CSU Channel Islands

Lance Nolde, History (Indonesia)

CSU Chico

Gwenola Ricordeau, Political Science and Criminal Justice (Philippines)

Daniel Veidlinger, Comparative Religion (Thailand)

CSU Dominguez Hills

Mary Talusan Lacanlale, Asian Pacific Studies (Philippines)

Susan Needham, Anthropology (Cambodia)

Edward Curammeng, Education (Philippines)

CSU East Bay

Jocyl Sacramento, Ethnic Studies (Philippines)

Michael Schulze-Oechtering, History (Philippines)

Maria Ortuoste, Political Science (Philippines, ASEAN)

CSU Fresno

Henry Delcore, Anthropology (Thailand)

Yang Sao Xiong, Anthropology (Laos, Thailand)

Wannasarn Noonsuk, Art and Design (Thailand)

Mai Der Vang, English (Laos, Thailand)

CSU Fullerton

Sarah Grant, Anthropology (Vietnam)

Tu-Uyen Nguyen, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)

Eric Estuar Reyes, Asian American Studies (Philippines)

Davorn Sisavath, Asian American Studies (Laos)

Penchan Phoborisut, Communications (Thailand)

Laichen Sun, History (Southeast Asia)

Lisa Tran, History (Vietnam)

Kenneth Van Bik, Linguistics (Myanmar)

Linh Nguyen, Modern Languages and Literatures (Vietnam)

Angela-MinhTu Nguyen, Psychology (Southeast Asia)

CSU Los Angeles

ChorSwang Ngin, Anthropology (Indonesia, Malaysia)

Joy Sales, Asian American Studies (Philippines)

CSU Long Beach

Karen Quintiliani, Anthropology (Cambodia)

Linda Maram, Asian & Asian American Studies (Philippines)

Sophea Seng, Asian & Asian American Studies (Cambodia)

Teri Yamada, Asian & Asian American Studies (Cambodia)

Leakhena Nou, Sociology (Cambodia)

CSU Monterey Bay

Phuong Nguyen, Humanities and Communications (Vietnam)

Kathryn Poethig, Social, Behavioral & Global Studies (Cambodia)

Angie Ngoc Tran, Political Economy (Vietnam)

CSU Northridge

Chin-hsin Liu, Anthropology (Philippines)

Gina Masequesmay, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)

Que-Lam Huynh, Psychology (Southeast Asia)

California Polytechnic State University-Humboldt

Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies (Philippines)

Tani Sebro, Global Studies (Thailand, Myanmar)

California Polytechnic State University-Pomona

Amy Dao, Anthropology (Vietnam)

Jocelyn Pacleb, Ethnic & Women's Studies (Philippines)

Mary Anne Mendoza, Political Science (Philippines)

Jack Fong, Sociology (Thailand/Myanmar)

Anthony Ocampo, Sociology (Philippines)

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

Ryan Buyco, Ethnic Studies (Philippines/Okinawa)

Christina Firpo, History (Vietnam)

CSU San Bernadino

Kathleen Nadeau, Anthropology (Philippines)

CSU San Marcos

Jason Magabo Perez, Ethnic Studies (Philippines)

Mikee Inton-Campbell, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Philippines)

CSU Stanislaus

S. Steve Arounsack, Anthropology (Thailand, Laos)

Bao Lo, Ethnic Studies (Laos, Thailand)

Pollie Bith-Melander, Social Work (Cambodia)

Sacramento State University

Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Art History (Thailand)

Michael Vann, History (Vietnam)

San Diego State University

Erin Riley, Anthropology (Indonesia)

Pierre Asselin, History (Vietnam)

Gregory Daddis, History (Vietnam War)

San Francisco State University

Martha Lincoln, Anthropology (Vietnam)

Eric Pido, Asian American Studies (Philippines)

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)

Mai-Nhung Le, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Asian American Studies (Philippines)

Jessica Elkind, History (Vietnam)

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Sociology (Philippines)

San Jose State University

Binh Danh, Art (Vietnam)

Trung Nguyen, Ethnic Studies (Vietnam)

Peter Chua, Sociology (Philippines)

Hien Duc Do, Sociology (Vietnam)

Joanne Rondilla, Sociology (Philippines)

Sonoma State University

Puspa Amri, Economics (Indonesia)

Private colleges & universities

California College of the Arts

Viet Le, Visual Studies (Vietnam)

Chapman University

Angelica Allen, Africana Studies (Philippines)

Loyola Marymount University

Lan Ngo, Asian American Studies (Vietnam)

Naval Postgraduate School

Naazneen Barma, National Security Affairs (Cambodia, Timor Leste)

Occidental College

Lan Chu, Diplomacy & World Affairs (Vietnam)

Pepperdine University

Tuan Hoang, Humanities and Teacher Education (Vietnam)

Pomona College

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

Stanford University

Lisa Curran, Anthropology (Indonesia)

J.P. Daughton, History (Vietnam)

St. Mary's College

Loan Thi Dao, Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies)

Michael Viola, Justice, Community & Leadership (Philippines)

University of San Diego

Jessica Patterson, Art History (Thailand)

Josen Diaz, Ethnic Studies (Philippines)

Christopher Adler, Music (Thailand, Laos)

David Harnish, Music (Indonesia)

University of San Francisco

James Zarsadiaz, History (Philippines)

University of Southern California

Adrian De Leon, American Studies and Ethnicity (Philippines)

Janet Hoskins, Anthropology and Religion (Indonesia, Vietnam)

Lan Duong, Cinema and Media Studies (Vietnam)

Brian Bernards, East Asian Languages and Cultures (Singapore)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, English and American Studies and Ethnicity (Vietnam)

Panivong Norindr, French and Italian and Comparative Literature (Laos, Cambodia)

Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, Sociology and Gender Studies (Philippines)

University of the Pacific

Kris Alexanderson, History (Indonesia)

Whittier College

Jason Carbine, Religious Studies (Myanmar)


UC Irvine

Vietnamese (School of Humanities)

UC Riverside

Filipino, Vietnamese (Department of Comparative Literature and Modern Languages)

UC San Diego

Filipino, Vietnamese (Department of Linguistics)

CSU Fresno

Hmong (Department of Linguistics)

CSU Fullerton

Vietnamese (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures)

CSU Long Beach

Khmer, Filipino, Vietnamese (Department of Asian and Asian American Studies)

San Diego State University

Filipino (Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages)

San Jose State University

Vietnamese (Department of World Languages and Literatures)