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Faculty

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies has access to the largest concentration of Southeast Asia specialists available in the United States, drawing upon the expertise of over fifty professors and resources specialists at the University of Hawaiʻi and in the local community.

Students and scholars interested in Southeast Asia can draw upon professors and experts in the field from over twenty-five programs, including  American StudiesAnthropologyAsian Studies, ArtBotanyBusinessEcological AnthropologyEconomicsEnvironmental StudiesEthnomusicology, Film, GeographyHistoryInternational StudiesLawLibrary ScienceLinguisticsMusicPolitical SciencePublic AdministrationSociologySoutheast Asian Languages and Literatures (Tagalog, Ilokano, IndonesianKhmerThai and Vietnamese (with Arabic also available)), Textiles and ClothingTheatre and DanceUrban and Regional Planning and Women’s Studies.


Brunei

Retired

Mary Hammond | Dean of Education, East-West Center (Retired)
International education, language policy, US-Brunei language training program
HammondM@eastwestcenter.org

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Cambodia

Kennon Breazeale, Ph.D. | Projects Coordinator, East-West Center
History of Tai-speaking areas (Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Yunnan)
breazeak@eastwestcenter.org | website

Sothy Eng, Ph.D. |  Department of Family and Consumer Science
Cambodian education including access and equity, program development and evaluation, child and adolescent learning and development, family and community development
sothy@hawaii.edu | website

Jefferson Fox, Ph.D. | Senior Research Fellow, East-West Center
Land cover, forest resource management, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia
FoxJ@EastWestCenter.org | website

Paul Lavy, Ph.D. | Department of  Art & Art History
Southeast Asian art, Hindu-Buddhist traditions of the Mekong Delta & Preangkorian civ
paul.lavy@hawaii.edu | website | Faculty Spotlight

Jonathan Padwe, Ph.D. | Department of Anthropology
Southeast Asian anthropology, agrarian transition in Southeast Asia
padwe@hawaii.edu | website | War & Recovery in Northeast Cambodia

Chhany Sak-Humphry, Ph.D.| Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
Khmer (Cambodian) language, linguistics, language and technology
sak@hawaii.edu | website

Miriam Stark, Ph.D.| Department of Anthropology
Southeast Asian archaeology, Lower Mekong Archaeological Project, Greater Angkor Project
miriams@hawaii.edu | website | Faculty Spotlight | PublicationsThe Age of Angkor: From the Inside Outward | Training Cambodian Archaeologists | Day of Archaeology | Imagining Angkor: Politics, Myths and Archaeology | Premodern Khmers and their Mekong

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Indonesia

Barbara Watson Andaya, Ph.D. | School of Pacific and Asian Studies
History of Southeast Asia, women in the Malay world, Asian studies
bandaya@hawaii.edu | website

Leonard Andaya, Ph.D. | Department of History
History of Southeast Asia, Malay world
andaya@hawaii.edu | website

Nezia Azmi | International & Special Programs Coordinator, College of Education
Performing arts, Indonesia, Malaysia
azti@hawaii.edu | website

Nicholas Barker, Ph.D. | Senior Leadership Education Specialist, East-West Center
Leadership Education, religiosity in Southeast Asia
BarkerN@EastWestCenter.org | website

Nancy Cooper, Ph.D. | Department of Anthropology
Cultural anthropology, Java
ncooper@hawaii.edu | website

Kimberly Carlson, Ph.D. | Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Land use and land cover change, remote sensing, tropical agricultural commodities, human-environment interactions, Indonesia
kimberly.carlson@hawaii.edu| website | website

Ashok Das, Ph.D. | Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Urban planning and poverty issues in Indonesia and Southeast Asia
ashokdas@hawaii.edu | website

Patricia (Pattie) Dunn | School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Pan-Southeast Asia, Indonesia, gamelan, educational advising
pdunn@hawaii.edu | website

Jerome Feldman, Ph.D. | Hawaiʻi Pacific University
Tribal arts of Southeast Asia
jfeldman@hpu.edu | website

Jefferson Fox, Ph.D. | Senior Research Fellow, East-West Center
Land cover, forest resource management, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia
FoxJ@EastWestCenter.org | website

Carl Hefner, Ph.D. | University of Hawaiʻi – Kapiʻolani Community College
Anthropology, Indonesia, Asian studies, film studies
hefner@hawaii.edu | website

Aya Hirata-Kimura, Ph.D. | Department of Women’s Studies
Sociology, food and environmental issues, Indonesia, women’s studies
aya.hirata.kimura@hawaii.edu | website

Lisa Kelley, Ph.D. | Department of Geography
Remote sensing, political ecology, Indonesia and Southeast Asia
lckelley@hawaii.edu | website

Ehito Kimura, Ph.D. | Department of Political Science
Southeast Asian politics
ehito@hawaii.edu | website

Uli Kozok, Ph.D. | Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
Indonesian language, paleography of island Southeast Asia
kozok@hawaii.edu | website

Bradley McDonnell, Ph.D. | Department of Linguistics
Language Documentation, Syntax, Phonology, Sumatra
mcdonn@hawaii.edu | website

Byron Moon, Ph.D. | Department of Music
Javanese gamelan
bmoon@hawaii.edu | website

Rohayati Paseng | Hamilton Library, Southeast Asia Collection
Southeast Asia library resources, Southeast Asian film, translation/film subtitling
rohayati@hawaii.edu | website

Kirstin Pauka, Ph.D. | Department of Theatre & Dance
Southeast Asian dance /drama, Randai (West Sumatra), Balinese Theatre & Dance
pauka@hawaii.edu | website | Dance in Randai | Music in Randai

Paul Rausch | Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Southeast Asian film, film subtitling, textiles/clothing/body modification
rausch@hawaii.edu | website

Annie Reynolds, Ph.D. | Arts Program Assistant, East-West Center
Southeast Asian theater & performance, Indonesia
reynolda@eastwestcenter.org

L. Ayu Saraswati | Associate Professor, Department of Women’s Studies
Feminist media, transnational & postcolonial feminism, women’s body image and beauty culture
luhp@hawaii.edu | website

R. Anderson “Andy” Sutton| Dean SPAS, Vice Chancellor International Exchange
Ethnomusicology, Javanese performance ensemble, K-Pop
rasutton@hawaii.edu | website

Deborah Waite, Ph.D. | Department of Art and Art History
Pacific Islands and Indonesian art
waite@hawaii.edu | website

Adjunct & Retired

Lisa X. Gollin, Ph.D. | Cultural Surveys Hawaiʻi
Medical anthropology, ethnobotany and ethnobiology, Indonesia
lxgollin@hawaii.edu

Nancy Cooper, Ph.D. | Department of Anthropology (Adjunct; Ret.)
Cultural anthropology, Java
website

Bronwen Solyom | Librarian, Jean Charlot Collection (Ret.)
Indonesian textiles/clothing
website

Ingelia White, Ph.D. | Department of Botany and Microbiology (Windward Community College)
Orchid culture, ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, Indonesian botanicals
ingelia@hawaii.edu | website

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Laos

Kennon Breazeale, Ph.D. | Projects Coordinator, East-West Center
History of Tai-speaking areas (Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Yunnan)
breazeak@eastwestcenter.org | website

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Malaysia

Barbara Watson Andaya, Ph.D. | School of Pacific and Asian Studies
History of Southeast Asia, women in the Malay world, Asian studies
bandaya@hawaii.edu | website

Leonard Andaya, Ph.D. | Department of History
History of Southeast Asia, Malay world
andaya@hawaii.edu | website

Nezia Azmi | International & Special Programs Coordinator, College of Education
Performing arts
azti@hawaii.edu | website

Chet-Yeng Loong, Ph.D. | Department of Music
Music education
chetyeng@hawaii.edu | website

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Myanmar

Michael Aung-Thwin, Ph.D. | School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Classical Southeast Asia
aungthwi@hawaii.edu | website

Kennon Breazeale, Ph.D. | Projects Coordinator, East-West Center
History of Tai-speaking areas (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Yunnan)
breazeak@eastwestcenter.org | website

Grace Cheng, Ph.D. | Department of Political Science, Hawaiʻi Pacific University
Viet Nam, Myanmar, SEA comparative politics, human rights, Islam and politics
gcheng@hpu.edu | website

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Philippines

Patricio “Jojo” Abinales, Ph.D. | School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Muslim Philippines/Mindanao, middle class-elite violence, food
abinales@hawaii.edu | website

Aurelio Agcaoili, Ph.D. | Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
Ilocano language and literature
aurelioa@hawaii.edu | website

Pia C. Arboleda, D.A. | Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
Tagalog, Philippine literature, film translation/subtitling
pca62@hawaii.edu | website

Nicholas Barker, Ph.D. | Senior Leadership Education Specialist, East-West Center
Leadership education, religiosity in Southeast Asia
BarkerN@EastWestCenter.org | website

Catherine Chan-Halbrendt, Ph.D. | Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Management
Agricultural marketing, agri-entrepreneurship in Mindanao
chanhalb@hawaii.edu | website

Elena Clariza  | Hamilton Library, Philippine Collection
Library resources, educational resources development
mclariza@hawaii.edu | website

Imelda Gasmen  | Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
Tagalog, Philippine literature
igasmen@hawaii.edu | website

Patricia Halagao, Ph.D. | College of Education
Curriculum studies, multicultural education
phalagao@hawaii.edu | website

Vina Lanzona, Ph.D.  | School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Department of History
Southeast Asian history, gender and revolution
vlanzona@hawaii.edu | website

Frederico V. Magdalena, Ph.D. | School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Muslim Mindanao
fm@hawaii.edu | website

Clemen Montero | School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Tagalog/Ilocano language, educational program development
montero@hawaii.edu | website

Leticia C. Pagkalinawan, Ph.D. | Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
Tagalog language, Philippine literature
leticiap@hawaii.edu | website

Lilia Quindoza Santiago, Ph.D. | Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
Ilokano language, Philippine literature
lilias@hawaii.edu | website

Miriam Stark, Ph.D.| Department of Anthropology
Southeast Asian archaeology, ethnoarchaeology  in Kalinga Province (northern Luzon)
miriams@hawaii.edu | website | Faculty Spotlight | Publications

Retired

Belinda A. Aquino, Ph.D. | School of Pacific and Asian Studies (Ret.)
Political Science, Asian studies
lyndy@hawaii.edu | website

Ben Kerkvliet, Ph.D.  | CSEAS Affiliate (Ret.)
Southeast Asian history
ben.kerkvliet@anu.edu.au

Ruth Mabanglo, Ph.D.  | Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
Tagalog language, Philippine literature
mabanglo@hawaii.edu | website

Teresita Ramos, Ph.D. | Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
Second language studies
teresita@hawaii.edu

Ricardo D. Trimillos, Ph.D.  | School of Pacific and Asian Studies (Ret.)
Ethnomusicology, Asian studies, Muslim Philippines
rtrimil@hawaii.edu | website

Peter Xenos, Ph.D.  | CSEAS Affiliate (Ret.)
Sociology, social systems and youth, demography
xenosp@hawaii.edu

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Singapore

Barbara Watson Andaya, Ph.D. | School of Pacific and Asian Studies
History of Southeast Asia, women in the Malay world, Asian studies
bandaya@hawaii.edu | website

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Thailand

Yuphaphann Hoonchamlong, Ph.D. (Ms) | Dept. of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
Thai language
yuphapha@hawaii.edu | website

Shoichi Iwasaki, Ph.D. | Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures (Japanese)
Thai linguistics
iwasaki9@hawaii.edu | website

Liam Kelley, Ph.D. | Department of History
Southeast Asian history, Sino-Vietnamese relations
liam@hawaii.edu | website

Lisa Kelley, Ph.D. | Department of Geography
Remote sensing, political ecology, Thailand and Southeast Asia
lckelley@hawaii.edu | website

Mary Mostafanezhad, Ph.D. | Department of Geography
Thailand; Tourism; Agro-food initiatives; International development and humanitarianism; and Transboundary environmental governance
mostafan@hawaii.edu website

Kennon Breazeale, Ph.D. | Projects Coordinator, East-West Center
History of Tai-speaking areas (Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Yunnan)
breazeak@eastwestcenter.org | website

William Chapman, Ph.D. | Department of American Studies (Historic Preservation)
Southeast Asian architecture/archaeology/preservation
wchapman@hawaii.edu | website

Brian Szuster, Ph.D. | Department of Geography
Geography of Southeast Asia, coastal/marine environments in Southeast Asia
szuster@hawaii.edu | website

Chintana Takahashi (Ms) | Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
Thai language teaching, library and information science
chintana@hawaii.edu | website

Retired

Jacob Bilmes, Ph.D. | Department of Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
bilmes@hawaii.edu

Leslie Sponsel, Ph.D. | Department of Anthropology
Southeast Asian anthropology, Thailand, Buddhist ecology
sponsel@hawaii.edu | website

Peter Xenos, Ph.D. | CSEAS Affiliate (Ret.)
Sociology, social systems and youth, demography
xenosp@hawaii.edu

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Timor-Leste

J.B. Friday, Ph.D. | Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Tropical forestry, Timor-Leste agroforestry project
jbfriday@hawaii.edu | website

Retired

Mary Hammond | Dean of Education, East-West Center
International education, language policy, US-Timor-Leste educational training program
HammondM@eastwestcenter.org

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Viet Nam

Tung X. Bui, Ph.D. | Shidler College of Business, Information Technology Management
Computer-supported group decision and negotiation, management, UHM/Shidler Vietnam MBA program
tung.bui@hawaii.edu | website

Grace Cheng, Ph.D. | Department of Political Science, Hawaiʻi Pacific University
Viet Nam, Myanmar, SEA comparative politics, human rights, Islam and politics
gcheng@hpu.edu | website

Jefferson Fox, Ph.D. | Senior Research Fellow, East-West Center
Land cover, forest resource management, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia
FoxJ@EastWestCenter.org | website

Liam Kelley, Ph.D. | Department of History
Southeast Asian history, Sino-Vietnamese relations, world of the Mekong
liam@hawaii.edu | website

Stephen O’Harrow, Ph.D. | School of Pacific and Asian Studies, IPLL
Vietnamese language, philology
soh@hawaii.edu | website

Phan Le Ha, Ph.D. | College Of Education, Educational Foundations
Vietnamese language, culture, pedagogy, identity
halephan@hawaii.edu | website

Retired

Ben Kerkvliet, Ph.D. | CSEAS Affiliate (Ret.)
Southeast Asian history
ben.kerkvliet@anu.edu.au

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ASEAN – Pan-Southeast Asia

Robert Blust, Ph.D. | Department of Linguistics
Austronesian linguistics
blust@hawaii.edu | website

John Butler, Ph.D. | Shidler College of Business, Management and Industrial Relations
Entrepreneurship, Southeast Asia
jebutler@hawaii.edu | website

Eric Chang | Arts Coordinator, East-West Center
Performing and visual Arts, Southeast Asia (and Pacific and East Asia)
ChangE@EastWestCenter.org | website

Ashok Das, Ph.D. | Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Urban planning and poverty issues Southeast Asia
ashokdas@hawaii.edu | website

Patricia Donegan, Ph.D. | Department of Linguistics
Austroasiatic linguistics
donegan@hawaii.edu | website

Patricia (Pattie) Dunn | School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Pan-Southeast Asia, Indonesia, gamelan, educational advising
pdunn@hawaii.edu | website

Patricia Halagao, Ph.D. | College of Education
Curriculum studies, multicultural education
phalagao@hawaii.edu | website

Ken Hon, Ph.D. | University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Geology, volcanology
kenhon@hawaii.edu | website

John Lynham, Ph.D.| Economics
Environmental and resource economics, ocean policy, Southeast Asia
lynham@hawaii.edu | website

Joseph L. Overton, Ph.D. | University of Hawaiʻi – Kapiʻolani Community College
Asian Studies program development, Fulbright Group Projects, Freeman Foundation
overton@hawaii.edu | website

Rohayati Paseng | Hamilton Library, Southeast Asia Collection
Southeast Asia library resources, Indonesia, Southeast Asian film, translation/film subtitling
rohayati@hawaii.edu | website

Paul Rausch | Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Southeast Asian film, film subtitling, textiles/clothing/body modification
rausch@hawaii.edu | website

Retired

Terance Bigalke, Ph.D. | Senior Education Fellow, East-West Center
International education & policy; Indonesian history/society; Southeast Asian history
BigalkeT@EastWestCenter.org | website

Michael Pietrusewsky, Ph.D. | Department of Anthropology
Southeast Asian archaeology, forensic anthropology
mikep@hawaii.edu | website

Michael Schuster, Ph.D. | Curator, East-West Center Gallery
Art and theater of Southeast Asia
SchusteM@EastWestCenter.org | website

Leslie Sponsel, Ph.D. | Department of Anthropology
Southeast Asian anthropology, Thailand, Buddhist ecology
sponsel@hawaii.edu | website

Jack Suyderhoud, Ph.D. | Shidler College of Business
Business economics, foreign investment in Southeast Asia
suyderho@hawaii.edu | website

Lyndon Wester, Ph.D. | Department of Geography
Geography of Southeast Asia, Conservation of endangered species and habitat restoration
wester@hawaii.edu | website

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