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The Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) is the home for all scholars at Cornell conducting research on Southeast Asia.

Director, Southeast Asia Program

Abby Cohn is a professor of linguistics and Southeast Asian studies. Her research interests include the Austronesian languages of Indonesia, with a particular focus on their phonetics, phonology, and morphology.

Associate Professor, Colorado State University

Ryadi Adityavarman is an associate professor in the Department of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University. Adityavarman has a multidisciplinary academic background, including architecture, interior design, and historic preservation with professional practice experience in internatio

Associate Professor, Natural Resources

Shorna Allred's research blends human factors and natural sciences to improve resource management and conservation.

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: M.Arch.

Anticipated Degree Year: 2019-2020

Committee Chair/Advisor: Andrea Simitch

Discipline: Architecture

Primary Language: Tagalog

Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College

Matthew Amster is a cultural anthropologist and filmmaker with extensive experience working in Borneo and, more recently, has started a new project in Denmark.

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2024-25

Committee Chair/Advisor: N/A

Discipline: Performing and Media Arts

Primary Language: Tagalog, Japanese

Associate Professor, Performing and Media Arts and Asian American Studies

Christine Bacareza Balance's writings on former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, Asian American YouTube artists, Bruno Mars, Glee’s karaoke aesthetics, and spree killer Andrew Cunanan have been published in Women and Performance, Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS)

Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Economics and Asian Studies

Randy Barker is professor emeritus in the Department of Applied Economics and Management. He spent half of his career conducting research and teaching in Asia.

Professor, City and Regional Planning

Victoria Beard is a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and associate dean of research.

Professor, Vassar College

Christopher Bjork earned his PhD in educational anthropology at Stanford University. Certified to teach both elementary and secondary school, he has worked as a classroom teacher in Japan and the United States.

Professor, Asian Studies

Anne M. Blackburn is a professor of South Asia studies and Buddhist studies in the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University. She received her BA from Swarthmore College and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago.