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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 Hawai‘i 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

Richard Day, Ph.D. | Department of Second Language Studies
Second language reading, teacher education, curriculum design
rday@hawaii.edu | website

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

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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

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

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

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 Faculty Spotlight 
Southeast Asian archaeology, Lower Mekong Archaeological Project, Greater Angkor Project
miriams@hawaii.edu | website | The Age of Angkor: From the Inside Outward
Training Cambodian Archaeologists | Day of Archaeology

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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

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, gamelan
pdunn@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

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

Bronwen Solyom | Librarian, Jean Charlot Collection
Indonesian textiles/clothing
brons@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

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

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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

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

Ma. Elena B. Clariza  | Hamilton Library, Philippines 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

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

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

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

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

Clemen Montero (Ms)  | 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

Julius Soria  | Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
Ilokano language
soria@hawaii.edu | website

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

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

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

Leslie Sponsel, Ph.D. (Mr.) | Department of Anthropology
Southeast Asian anthropology, Buddhist ecology
sponsel@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

Richard Day, Ph.D. | Department of Second Language Studies
Second language reading, teacher education, curriculum design
rday@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

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

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

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Viet Nam

Pierre Asselin, Ph.D. | Hawaii Pacific University
Southeast Asian history, Viet Nam War, North Vietnamese government diplomacy
asselin@hpu.edu | website

Richard Day, Ph.D. | Department of Second Language Studies
Second language reading, teacher education, curriculum design
rday@hawaii.edu | website

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

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

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

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ASEAN – Pan-Southeast Asia

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

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

Eric Chang | Coordinator, Arts Program, East-West Center
Southeast Asia performing arts, ethnomusicology, documentary film
ChangE@EastWestCenter.org | website

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

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

Alison Conner, Ph.D. | William S. Richardson School of Law
Comparative law (China & Southeast Asia)
aconner@hawaii.edu | 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

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

Jefferson Fox, Ph.D. | Senior Research Fellow, East-West Center
Southeast Asia, environmental studies, forest resource management
FoxJ@EastWestCenter.org | website

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

Mary Hammond | Dean & Interim Director, Education Program, East-West Center
International education, language policy
HammondM@eastwestcenter.org | website

Carl Hefner, Ph.D. | University of Hawai’i – Kapi’olani
Anthropology, 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

Ken Hon, Ph.D. | University of Hawai’i – Hilo
Geology, volcanology
kenhon@hawaii.edu | website

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

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

Joseph L. Overton, Ph.D. | University of Hawai’i – Kapi’olani
Asian Studies program development, Fulbright Group Projects, Freeman Foundation
overton@hawaii.edu | website

Jonathan Padwe, Ph.D. | Department of Anthropology
Southeast Asian anthropology, agrarian transition in Southeast Asia, Cambodia
padwe@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

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

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

James Roumasset, Ph.D. | Department of Economics
Economics, resource management
jimr@hawaii.edu | website

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

Miriam Sharma, Ph.D. | School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Asian studies, class formation, gender relations and feminist theory
sharma@hawaii.edu | website

James Spencer, Ph.D. | Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Urban and regional development, labor market theory
jhs@hawaii.edu | website

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

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

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

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