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CSEAS-Affiliated Graduate Students and Alumni News

Alec Holcombe (Ph.D., 2014) is Assistant Professor of History at Ohio University.

Jason Morris-Jung (Ph.D., 2013) is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore.

Cheong Soon Gan (Ph.D., 2013) is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. 

Martina Nguyen (Ph.D., 2013) is Assistant Professor of History, Baruch College, City University of New York.

Arjun Subrahmanyan (Ph.D., 2013) is Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Binghamton.

Nu-Anh Tran (Ph.D., 2013) is Assistant Professor of History and Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. 

Sylvia Nam (Ph.D, 2012) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UC Irvine. She was a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside from 2012-2014. 

Joanne Rondilla (Ph.D., 2012) is a lecturer in Asian Pacific American Studies at Arizona State University.

Michael Dwyer (Ph.D., 2011) is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia.

Eric Pido (Ph.D, 2011) is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. 

Ian Lowman (Ph.D., 2011) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Kenyon College. He was an ACLS New Faculty Fellow for 2012-14 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Lynette Chua (Ph.D., 2011) is Assistant Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore.

Kimberly Hoang (Ph.D., 2011) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College.

Danielle Lussier (Ph.D, 2011) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College.

Charles Carroll (Ph.D., 2010) is an assistant professor at the Singapore Institute of Technology.

Alfred Montoya (Ph.D., 2010) is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University (Texas).

Marguerite Bich Nguyen (Ph.D., 2008) is Assistant Professor of English at Wesleyan University.

Ben Tran (Ph.D., 2008) is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and English at Vanderbilt University.

Jerome Whitington (Ph.D., 2008) is a Fellow at Tembusu College, National University of Singapore.

Ellen Boccuzzi (Ph.D., 2007) is Senior Program Officer for Governance and Law at The Asia Foundation in San Francisco. 

Gerard Sasges (Ph.D., 2006) is Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. He previously directed the UC Education Abroad Program in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Recent Ph.D. Dissertations


Kah-Wee Lee, "Las Vegas in Singapore: Casinos and the Taming of Vice", 2012

City and Regional Planning

Sylvia Nam, "Speculative Urbanism: The Remaking of Phnom Penh, Cambodia", 2012


Funie Hsu, "Colonial Articulations: English Instruction and the 'Benevolence' of U.S. Overseas Expansion in the Philippines, 1898-1916", 2013

Energy Resources

Deborah Cheng, "The Politics of Pipes: The Persistence of Small Water Networks in Post-Privatization Manila", 2013

Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Jason Morris-Jung, "The Vietnamese Bauxite Mining Controversy: The Emergence of a New Oppositional Politics", 2013

Ethnic Studies

Khuyen Vu Nguyen, "Writing Between Exilic Homelessness and Situated Nomadism", 2012

Joanne Rondilla, "Colonial Faces: Beauty and Skin Color Hierarchy in the Philippines and the U.S.", 2012

Bao Lo, "The Second Generation Story of Hmong Americans", 2013

Ethel Regis, "Mediating Global Filipinos: The Filipino Channel and the Filipino Diaspora", 2013


Cheong Soon Gan, "Contested Nationalisms and Propaganda: Birth Pangs of a Malaysian Nation, 1957-1969", 2013

Martina Nguyen, "The Self-Reliant Literary Group (Tu Luc Van Doan): Colonial Modernism in Vietnam, 1932-1941", 2013

Arjun Subrahmanyan, "Reinventing Siam: Ideas and Culture in Thailand, 1920-1944", 2013

Nu-Anh Tran, "Contested Identities: Nationalism in the Republic of Vietnam, 1954-1963", 2013

Alec Holcombe, "Socialist Transformation in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam", 2014

Interdisciplinary Studies

Matthew Sargent, "The Birth of Globalization: Cross-Cultural Knowledge Transfer along European-Asian Trade Routes and the Rise of the Multicultural Corporation, 1250-1750", 2013

Social Welfare

Sirojudin Abbas, "Microinsurance and Social Protection for Workers in the Informal Sector in Indonesia: A Study of the Social Welfare Insurance Program (SWIP/ASKESOS)", 2013

South & Southeast Asian Studies

Ian Lowman, "The Descendants of Kambu: The Political Imagination of Angkorian Cambodia", 2012