Here you will find a wide range of materials highlighting current research projects by UH faculty and students, as well as links to language programs, grants, and relevant library resources for scholars interested in Southeast Asia.  Please contact us with comments and suggestions on current research projects you would like to see featured here.  Thank you!

Degree Programs, Certificate Programs, and Southeast Asian Languages & Courses


Master’s Degree: The master’s program in Asian Studies with a concentration on Southeast Asia allows a student to take a range of courses that would be difficult in a traditional discipline. Southeast Asia focused doctoral programs are available in anthropology, economics, geography, history, linguistics, music, philosophy, political science, public health, sociology, theatre, dance, and tropical agriculture. Students considering degrees in the disciplines should contact those programs directly for information and application materials. The master’s program in Asian Studies is housed within the School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies: Interested in a Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies? The Department of Asian Studies is currently working to set new guidelines for the graduate certificate. It is hoped that the new guidelines will be in place for interested students beginning in Spring 2016. For inquiries, please contact the Asian Studies Program Chair at (808) 956-6085.

Undergraduate Certificate in Islamic Studies: Launched in Fall 2016, the purpose of the undergraduate Certificate in Islamic Studies is to increase understanding of Islam as a world religion through critical analysis of primary and secondary materials, to foster knowledge about the complexity among Islamic societies and their diverse cultural expressions, and to explore the role of Islam and Muslims in present and past world affairs. This certificate is housed within the College of Arts and Humanities. The participating departments are Art and Art History, History, Philosophy, and Religion.

Southeast Asian Languages: The Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawaii offers instruction in many Southeast Asian languages, including Khmer, Ilokano, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. IPLL also provides regular instruction in other languages of interest to Southeast Asian scholars, including Arabic, Hindi, and Sanskrit. Individuals interested in Arabic, Hindi, Sanskrit, and/or Vietnamese should contact the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures directly.

Southeast Asian Courses: The University of Hawai′i at Mānoa (UHM) offers about 140 graduate or undergraduate courses wholly or partially related to Southeast Asia. Students who specialize in Southeast Asia concentrate on the countries that comprise this large geographical area: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), and Viet Nam. Over 50 lecturers, visiting professors and resident faculty teach and do research in the region of Southeast Asia and/or in Southeast Asian languages.

Fellowships & Scholarships: The Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship, along with a list of other Center scholarships for Southeast Asian Studies students, can be found on the student Scholarships page. We also encourage all students to join the CSEAS Linkedin group for professional social announcements.

CSEAS Projects

myanmarmonkchildrenThe Center for Southeast Asian Studies is one of eight Title VI National Resource Centers funded by the US Department of Education to advance the study of Southeast Asia in the US. The current funding round (2014-2018) supports projects with the following themes: Performance (theater & dance); cooperative program development with UH system community colleges; training for teachers working at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and teachers working at the K-12 level; special projects related to Southeast Asian languages, including translation and subtitling of feature film from the region; development of Southeast Asia course modules for students earning their teaching certificates in the UHM College of Education; and providing scholarship support via Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) to students taking both a Southeast Asian language and a Southeast Asia area studies course each semester as part of their overall degree work; and support for graduate student assistants building the Center’s outreach resources and social media presence.

Wayang Listrik   FLAS   Religion & Diversity Workshop   Translated Publications 

Faculty Projects

market-research-trendsUniversity of Hawai‘i faculty and area studies specialists working on topics related to Southeast Asia are often engaged in dynamic research, teaching, and community outreach efforts each semester. Faculty research projects range from archaeology in the field to performance-based research and many are ongoing. UH specialists contribute their regional expertise to a range of local and national media outlets. Here we feature current and ongoing work of note.

New Release by Michael A. Aung-Thwin Myanmar in the 15th Century: A Tale of Two Kingdoms (05/17) The Mists of Rammana: The Legend that was Lower Burma by Michael A. Aung-Thwin Now Available for Free Download (04/17) Architecture Professor David Rockwood Selected as Fulbright Scholar to Viet Nam (03/17) New Release by Barbara Watson Andaya and Leonard Y. Andaya A History of Malaysia, 3rd. Edition, 2017 (11/16) Dr. Miriam Stark Spotlight (01/16) Thai Gov’t Submits Chris Lee Produced Film for Oscar (10/15) Dr. Paul Lavy Spotlight (09/15)   New Release by Liam Kelley Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbors (08/15) New Release by Chhany Sak-Humphry Colloquial Cambodia: The Complete Course for Beginners, 2nd Edition (07/15)   War & Recovery in Northeast Cambodia (06/15) New Release by Barbara Watson Andaya and Leonard Y. Andaya A History of Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1400 – 1830 (05/15) Book on Viet Nam War by UHM Emerita Prof. Keever Wins Prize (11/14)   Day of Archaeology Project (07/14) New Release by William Champman A Heritage of Ruins: The Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and their Conservation (07/13) Indonesian Randai Outreach (06/13)

Student Projects  CSEAS Alumni Update Form 

7464353_orig.jpgUniversity of Hawai‘i students working on Southeast Asia topics are often engaged in cutting-edge research, fieldwork, and outreach efforts. Each year, Southeast Asia studies students are awarded top-tier research funding, such as the Fulbright Fellowship, as well as FLAS in support of language and area studies opportunities. UH students are also utilizing technology to disseminate their findings digitally though online media. Here we feature current and ongoing work of note.

UH Mānoa graduate Alexandra McDougle selected as Luce Scholar (08/16) Jessica Austin (MA, Asian Studies) Receives 2016-17 Fulbright to Conduct Research in  Cambodia (08/16)   Tech. & English in Borneo (08/15)   Jakarta: A Megacity with Megaflooding (02/15) 2014 UHM SPAS Graduate Student Conference Research Spotlight (04/14)

Library Resources

BookshelfThe University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa houses a Southeast Asia Collection in Hamilton LibraryThe collection has particular strengths in the humanities and social sciences. An online resource guide with links and bibliographies of Southeast Asia research interests is updated regularly. For more information about the unique offerings of the Hamilton Library Southeast Asia Collection, please contact SEA librarian Rohayati Paseng (

Library   SEA Resource Guide   Scholarspace  Intro. to SEA   Islam in SEA   History of UH-M Libraries   Southeast Asia Film & Cinema Library Guide 

Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures

IPLL logoThe Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (IPLL) provides an opportunity for students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the languages and cultures that encompasses more than 25 percent of the Earth’s population and an unusual diversity of peoples. UH-M offers instruction in the following languages:

Khmer Ilokano Indonesian Tagalog Thai Vietnamese Arabic

Southeast Asia Studies Dissertation Reviews

dissertationreviewslogoFounded in 2010, Dissertation Reviews features overviews of recently defended, unpublished doctoral dissertations in a wide variety of disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences. CSEAS encourages dissertation authors and potential reviewers to contribute to this online publication. Queries about the review process can be sent to Dr. Inga Gruß, the Southeast Asia Studies Dissertation Reviews Field Editor, at

Dissertation Reviews  SEA Dissertation Reviews   Review & Be Reviewed