Affiliates, Interns, Students

Anh S.H. Le is a PhD Candidate in History at Michigan State University (MSU), specializing in the history of migration in colonial Vietnam. His dissertation investigates the migration, settlement, and evolution of the Chinese community in southern Vietnam and their roles in Saigon’s emergence as a prominent port city by the late nineteenth century. His previous research has received the Percy Buchanan Prize for best graduate paper in Southeast Asian History from the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) and the graduate paper prize in Vietnamese History from the Vietnam Study Group (VSG) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). His current research receives support from the Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) from the Social Science Research Council and the ACLS/Henry Luce Foundation, among others. His most recent works appear in the Journal of Migration History and Journal of Vietnamese Studies.

Junesse Crisostomo is an instructor at the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, University of the Philippines-Diliman. She received a Global Undergraduate Exchange Program scholarship hosted by the Fulbright Commission of the Philippines in 2012 where she studied Communication at the University of Missouri-Columbia. At present, she teaches Speech Communication courses at UP Diliman. Ms. Crisostomo has also presented her research in various parts of the Philippines and abroad. She is currently taking her MA in Communication at the UP-College of Mass Communication and her research interests are in rhetoric and performance studies.

Darshana Sreedhar Mini is a PhD Candidate at the Cinema and Media Studies Division, University of Southern California. Her dissertation explores precarious media formations such as the low-budget films produced in the South Indian state of Kerala, mapping their transnational journeys. Her work is supported by Social Science Research Council. Her research interests include feminist media, gender studies, South Asian Studies and Media Ethnography. She has published in Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies, South Asian Popular Culture, Journal for Ritual Studies and International Journal for Digital Television.

Fanada Sholihah is currently pursuing her MA at Dept of History, Faculty of Humanities, Diponegoro University, Indonesia.  She is very much interested in doing research about maritime history and culture. In 2017, she earned her BA by carrying the transborder issue in Arafura Seas, 1974-2008. She was also involved in the project of digitizing "Corpus Diplomaticum Neerlando Indicum" with ANRI and The Corts Foundation, Netherlands in 2016-2017. Moreover, she likes to write essay in some online media about the maritime issue. She is not only interested in writing, but also broadcasting. She is currently an English Broadcaster in Radio of Republic Indonesia.


Gazi Mizanur Rahman is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). His research focuses on connected History of South and Southeast Asia, Historical Migration and Diaspora. Prior to enrol at UBD, he acquired his BA (Hons), MA, and M.Phil degrees in History from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Before starting of his doctoral programme in Brunei, he had the experience of working in the BRAC University as well as a number of research institutions including the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. He has published a few articles in referred and non-referred journals including the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, and National Encyclopaedia.

Hanee Kang is currently pursuing her MA in Southeast Asian Studies at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea. After earning her first MA in international development cooperation at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, she worked as a researcher in an independent think tank based in Seoul, Re-shaping Development Institute (ReDI) for 5 years, conducting aid policy research and project/program evaluations. Her research interest includes development issues in Southeast Asia, especially urban informality, and aid discourse/architecture of emerging donors. Currently she is conducting a research on ‘street vendor ban in Bangkok’, and ‘national interests discourse of Korean aid to Southeast Asia’.

Cheb Hoeurn  a Cambodian national, is currently a doctoral student at Economic Development Policy and Management Program, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University, Japan. His doctoral research project entitles "The Effectiveness and Efficiency of Public Health Spending in Asian Developing Countries.” Prior to his doctoral study, he earned a Master of Arts in Development Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Environment from Royal University of Phnom, Cambodia.  He has worked on various research projects. His research interests include health economics, environmental and natural resource economics, development economics, and economics of climate change.

Imas Lu’ul Jannah is an MA student of Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies in State Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She obtained her BA in Qur’anic Studies at the same university (2015). Aside from Qur’anic Studies and Muslim society in Southeast Asia, her research interest include digital religion, youth studies and Islamic pop culture. Currently she is working on her MA thesis project on public Qur’an recitation among young Muslims in Indonesia.

Jekonia Tarigan is currently pursuing his MA in Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies (CRCS), Graduate School Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He obtained his BA in Christian Theology in 2016 from Faculty of Theology, Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta. His previous research focused on the discourse of Pancasila as Indonesian ideology with Christian Theology to create a contextual foundation for inter-religious relation in Indonesia from Christian Theological perspective. His current research is about “Eruption of Mount Sinabung and Religious Narratives of Karo People”. He examines the phenomena of the reemergence of Karonese traditional ritual after the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo Regency, North Sumatera, Indonesia and how it cause the problem with religious institution especially Batak Karo Protestant Church or GBKP. His current research willing to understand both perspective from the practitioners of ritual who are actually Christian and also the perspective of the Church who blame practitioners of ritual.

Anak Agung Lindawati Kencana is a PhD candidate in Thai Studies at Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Her ongoing PhD dissertation is entitled “A comparative study of Khon and Sendratari Ramayana: Change and innovation in the context of cultural heritage tourism.” She obtained her M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies in the same institution with concentration on the confluence between Islam and Javanese mysticism in aesthetics of Wayang Purwa. She received an honor as a Wayang Purwa workshop organizer in Bangkok which supported by Indonesian Embassy Thailand. Her research interests cover the areas of cultural studies, tourism studies, and performance studies.

Kevin Laddapong is a Master student in Anthropology at Thammasat University. He also completed a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese at the same university. Having background in language and currently being trained by anthropologists, he attempts to intertwine linguistics, anthropology and media studies together in his current research about Singlish in YouTube videos. He has worked as a research assistant for several topics in Thailand with researchers from various universities such as Harvard University, Thammasat University, Australian National University and Boston University. Kevin is also an ethnographic video maker who enjoys filming quotidian life with critical perspective.

Christian Lemuel Magaling is taking M.A. in Asian Studies in the Asian Center, University of the Philippines-Diliman where he also obtained his B.A. in creative writing in Filipino. His scope of research revolves around ideologies and social movements, Philippine post-war poetry and comparative legal history. He also works for the National Privacy Commission.


Jesus Allaga Montajes is currently pursuing his MA in Culture and Arts Studies (MCAS) major in Performance Studies as a National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) Office of the President scholar at Mindanao State University- Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Philippines. He obtained his BA in English in 2010 from  Mindanao State University- Iligan Institute of Technology. His previous research focused on Jazz poetry using tone and diction as the literary device of determining thematic generalization.  His research endeavors, advocacies and artistic undertakings are centered on feminisms, cultural studies, media, and the queer movement. He is currently the Program Officer for Culture and Arts and Founding and Creative Director of the Ateneo Sidlak Performing Arts Collective and Ateneo Repertory Company in Ateneo de Davao University. 


Ahmad Safril Mubah is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations and a researcher at the Center for Strategic and Global Studies (CSGS), Universitas Airlangga, in Surabaya, Indonesia. He obtained both MA and BA degree in International Relations from Universitas Airlangga. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IDAS), National Chengchi University (NCCU), in Taipei, Taiwan. He completed a number of fellowships and grants, including Taiwan Fellowship, Sumitomo Foundation’s Grant for Japan-Related Research Project, and Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) on the U.S. Foreign Policy. His research interests are soft power and public diplomacy, culture and identity, globalization and terrorism, the rise of China, and the United States foreign policy. He is now conducting research project about the rise of China’s soft power in Southeast Asia with focusing on the establishment of Confucius Institutes in the region.

Nguyen Ha Phuong is a researcher in the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS). Currently, she is a PhD student in International Economics in The Graduate Academy of Social Sciences- VASS.  Her main research is the issues of society and economy of ASEAN, especially the economic relationships among ASEAN countries, and ASEAN with its partners.  She has participated in many research projects at national and international levels. She has also participated in international conferences in ASEAN and others countries out site the region. Her researches have been published in Vietnam and other countries in ASEAN.

Piyakasidet Plueai-Sri, I graduated with a B.A. in Tourism from the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University and currently pursuing my Master degree in Southeast Asian Studies at the Department of History, Faculty of Social Sciences, Naresuan University, Thailand. I am particularly interested in Vietnamese language and Vietnam studies, especially tourism, ethnicities and cultures which motivated me to conduct research on Tourism and Ethnicity in Vietnam. Furthermore, I am interested in ethnicity, gender and tourism studies in Vietnam. My M.A. thesis titled “Ethnic Identity Adaptation of Female Hmong Street Vendors in Sa Pa after Doi Moi Economic Reforms in 1986” which is financed by The Thailand Research Fund - Master Research Grants: TRF-MAG in Humanities and Social Sciences, 2017.  

Francis Luis M. Torres is currently finishing his MA in Comparative Literature under the College of Arts and Letters of the University of the Philippines. He has attended several conferences and workshops where he shares his ongoing research. His thesis is a historical and literary survey of gay identities in Cebuano culture. Aside from LGBT studies, his research interests include literary studies, Philippine culture and society, gender studies, and Southeast Asian studies.


Winnie Lo is a MA student in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Prior to her MA studies, she has worked as a curator or manager of international moving image/performing arts/exhibition programmes in Hong Kong and Taiwan for years. She received Bachelor's degree of Journalism and Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include cultural politics, Asian modernity, moving image, adaptation, migration and cold war studies. She is working on her thesis about the interaction between sound film and Cantonese opera in the 1930s-1940s.