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Core Faculty

SEAP has 27 core members, whose collective knowledge of Southeast Asia amounts to one of the world’s greatest concentrations of expertise on this region. This includes 20 professors, six senior lecturers, and one lecturer. Our language lecturers teach four levels of study in Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Interim Director, Southeast Asia Program

Thomas Pepinsky is an associate professor in the Department of Government and interim director of the Southeast Asia Program. He is also affiliated with the South Asia Program.

Associate Professor, Natural Resources

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

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, City and Regional Planning

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

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.

Director, Southeast Asia Program (on sabbatical)

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, Anthropology

Magnus Fiskesjö's research concerns ethnic relations and political anthropology in China and Southeast Asia.

Associate Professor, Asian Studies

Trained in classical Islamic studies and the history of Islam in Indonesia - in Italy (University of Rome) and London (SOAS) respectively, Chiara Formichi has held positions in Singapore (post-doctoral fellow at the Asia Research Institute), Leiden (research fellow at the KITLV), and at the City

Associate Professor, Asian Studies

Arnika Fuhrmann is an interdisciplinary scholar of Southeast Asia, working at the intersections of the region’s aesthetic and political modernities.

Assistant Professor, Global Development

Jenny Goldstein is an assistant professor in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University.

Curator, Echols Collection

Before taking on the position of curator of the John M. Echols Collection on Southeast Asia, Green worked at Northern Illinois University Libraries as curator of the Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection.