Affiliates, Interns, Students

Ribka Ninaris Barus is currently pursuing her MA in Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies (CRCS), Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She earned her BA in Christian Theology in 2013 from Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta. Her previous research focused on Understanding Indigenous Ecology from Theological Perspective. Her current research is about “Adat Ecology and the Development of Masyarakat Adat in Haruku”. She examines the discourse of the development of indigenous community in relation to environmental issue in Maluku, Eastern Indonesia

Beh May Ting is a PhD candidate with the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Monash University Malaysia. Her research interests include cultural studies, consumption studies, and urban sociology. Her thesis is an ethnographic study on consumption and production practices in traditional and modern coffeehouse spaces in Penang, Malaysia. Prior to her doctoral studies, she completed her Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Sociology & Anthropology and minoring in Psychology in Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, where she graduated as the Gold Medalist of the faculty. She subsequently attained a Masters of Social Sciences in Asian Studies in the same institution.

Alvin A. Camba is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Prior to JHU, he acquired his degrees from University College London, Tartu University, and Binghamton University. He combines detailed ethnographic fieldwork, quantitative methods, and comparative-historical analysis to examine Chinese foreign direct investments (FDI) in Southeast Asia. His previous works received the Terence K. Hopkins Best Graduate Student Paper Award (honorable mention) from the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) PEWS section and the Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Publication Research Award (honorable mention) from the Critical Realism Research Network. Some of his works have appeared in the following: Everyday Political Economy of Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press), Extractive Industries and Society, Austrian Journal of Southeast-Asian Studies, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, New Directions in the Study of China and Africa (Routledge).

Deng Guo-Cyuan is an MA student of building & planning at National Taiwan University, Taiwan. His research activities focus on heritage studies, Southeast Asian Studies on the one hand and on creative industry and city studies on the other. Recently, I have carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Penang and Melaka, Malaysia (both as World Heritage cities).And I have attended some conferences to report the development of Penang as heritage city, I also had a paper regarding the dark heritage and tourism in Baltic countries. His e-mail id is

Hardeep Dhillon is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department at Harvard University with a secondary in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS). For the 2017-2018 academic year, Hardeep will commence research on her dissertation project titled Indians on the Move: Anticolonialism, Citizenship and Rights at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Her work is supported by the Fulbright Program among other sources of funding. While at Harvard, Hardeep has co-directed the South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop, as well as the Centre for History and Economics Workshop. She has served as a WGS tutor, the Gender Equity Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and as a Graduate Student Associate at the Centre for History and Economics and the South Asia Institute. Her larger interests include histories of gender, anticolonialism and nationalism, migration, citizenship, empire, and surveillance. In addition to her research, Hardeep is deeply invested in teaching, and mentorship. To contact Hardeep, please email

Maliphone Douangphachanh is a Ph.D. student in Gender Studies Department, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, Malaysia. She is awarded the 2014 Federation Ph.D. Scholarship Prize for the current study under the cooperative between the National University of Laos, Laos and the University of Bern, Switzerland.  She earned her M.A in Education from Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia. She is interested in doing research on gender studies.  Maliphone’ s ongoing Ph.D. thesis is entitled “women’s empowerment in decision making within the household, in Southern Laos” that apply mix methods such as quantitative and qualitative data

Fahrurrazi is currently an MA student at Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies (CRCS), Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta, Indonesia. At same region but in another university, he obtained his BA degree in English Literature at Islamic State University of Sunan Kalijaga. Now, his research is about the relation between religion and ecology. Particularly, his research concern is about Eco-Pesantren (Islamic Boarding School which has ecological activities) as one of the ways in solving environmental degradation by examining its religious and ecological values in the pesantren

Mark Laurence D. Garcia is currently pursuing his MS in Bioethics under the College of Medicine - Social Medicine Unit of the University of the Philippines Manila. He obtained his BA in Philippine Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Aside from bioethics and Southeast Asian studies, his research interests include literature, literary studies, cultural studies, and anthropology. His current research is about 19th century Southeast Asia.

Paweena Guttalang is currently pursuing her  M.A. in History at Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She earned her B.A. in History (First Class Honours) from Faculty of Social Science, Kasetsart University. Her research interests including Thailand's cultural history, intellectual history and medical history. Recently, she has also been forming her interest in gender history with concentration on contemporary Thai history. Her ongoing MA thesis is entitled "The Thai State and The Treatment of Mental Illness, c.1889  -  mid 1960s"  which aims to unveil the nuanced relationship between modern medical – particularly psychiatric – knowledge and the Thai state.

Tran Thi Hai Yen is a researcher at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS). She graduated with a BA degree in 2009 in Chinese language from Chinese Department, Hanoi University (Vietnam) and MA degree in 2014  in the fields of relation between Sino and Laos in Faculty of International, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Her research interests currently are on Sino – ASEAN relations, the Chineses migration. Her research project entitled in Singapore is “The New Chinese immigrants in Laos Present-day”.

Katesaraporn Hanklaeo received her B.A. in Korean from Humanities and Social Sciences, Prince of Songkla University and now she is  pursuing her M.A. in History at Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Korean Language and Historical interest background inspired her to continue curious about Historical relations of Thailand and Korea. Her professional interests focus on impact of Korean War in Southeast Asia, and her M.A. thesis is entitled The idea of Nation, Religion and King : Thainess and Thailand’s participation in The Korean War and her current projects include TRF Master Research Grants: TRF-MAG. In addition, she is working part time with Mansudae Art Studio (DPRK) and Freelance Korean interpreter. Her e-mail id is

Eliseo Huesca Jr. is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He is currently working on global gender norms (UNSC Resolution 1325) as diffused, translated and localized within sub-national settings. He earned his MA in Public Administration from International Christian University, Japan as a JDS Fellow and holds another graduate degree in Development Studies. He is a faculty at the Institute of Business and Public Affairs, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology, the Philippines

Ali Jafar is currently pursuing his MA in the Center for Religious and Cross Cultural Studies at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Previously, he earned his BA in English Literature in 2015 at UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta. His previous research focused on gender issues in the sacred books. His current research topic is relate to Development, Environmental Crisis, Religious issues and its impact to local community, especially women. The aim is to make economy and ecology balance in the global development.

Kim Eunha has previously studied International Peace Studies at the UN Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Currently, she is an MA Candidate in human rights and democratization Asia Pacific program which is jointly hosted by Universitas Gadjah Mada(Indonesia) and Mahidol University (Thailand). Her topic of interest lies on women's rights and gender studies, climate justice, and alternative development. Before joining her current study on human rights and democratization, she has worked at international development NGO where she gained professional experience in community development and child rights. Eunha is now researching on the issue of gender injustice in palm oil plantation from the perspective of women laborers.

Sirinapa Kunphoommarl works as freelance researcher, master degree in Family Study and Social Development from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University and currently pursuing a PhD in Southeast Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Naresuan University.  Her dissertation topic deals with people’s politics in Myanmar focusing on Buddhist monk movement in postcolonial period. She has worked as freelance researcher for more than 25 years and her current base is in Phitsanulok province, Thailand.  At present, she also works as a secretary of People’s Politics Development Center, King Prajadhipok’s Institute-Phitsanulok Province.  Her research interests and oral presentation at the international conference cover the areas of household resource management, family and community security, social movement and people’s politics.

Li Xueyi is currently a PhD candidate in the Translation Program at Hong Kong Baptist University. She holds a BA in English Languages and Literatures from Lanzhou University and an MA in Language Studies (Translation and Interpretation) from City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include translation of children’s literature, childhood in literature and sociological studies of childhood. Her current research project focuses on the role of translators in translating books for children.

Sovann Mam is on a two-year scholarship by the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) and is currently a MA candidate of Arts in Social Science (Development Studies) at Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Born in Phnom Penh capital, Cambodia, Sovann graduated with a BA degree in Law from Royal University of Law and Economics in 2009, before spending 6 years working for Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) – a leading Cambodian non-profitable institute in collecting and archiving Khmer Rouge documents. During his time with DC-Cam, Sovann has worked closely with former Khmer Rouge survivors as well as thousands of high school students and teachers throughout the country. The most interesting part of his six-year-experience is that Sovann, a young generation who was born after the Khmer Rouge and never had a complete understanding of its history until starting with volunteer work at DC-Cam, has participated in the research for Center’s publication and has contributed articles to local Khmer-English newspaper and magazine. His current research project is working on reconciliation process in post-conflict Cambodia, Anlong Veng community in particular.

Miso Kim is M.A. candidate studying Indonesian art history at Sogang University, Republic of Korea. She received Bachelor's degree of History from the same university as well. Recently She is working in SIEAS(Sogang University Institue for East Asian studies as a TA. Her research interests focus on ‘the bronze statue, Kubera of central Java in Indonesia during 9-10 century’. Besides, she is also interested in ancient history, culture and anthropology of Southeast Asia.

Tri Murniati is currently a PhD student in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies program at the University of Arkansas, USA. She earned both her master and undergraduate degree in English Literature from Diponegoro University, Indonesia. Her research interests are immigrant literature, diaspora and transnationalism, labor migration, and migration studies. Tri is currently preparing her project on Indonesian domestic workers’ narratives. Her email address is

Muhammad Zamal Nasution is a PhD student in Demography at the Institute of Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand. He graduated with an MA degree in Economics from Gadja Mada University.  His dissertation focuses on “Repeat Migration of Indonesian Low-Skilled Labors in Malaysia and Singapore”.

Danilo Andres Reyes is a PhD candidate at the Department of Asian and International Studies (AIS), City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He completed his Master of Laws in Human Rights (LLM-HR) at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He is a former deputy executive director of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a regional human rights NGO based in Hong Kong. He is the recipient of Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund Scholarship (for postgraduate students) 2016/17 for academic excellence and community service. His PhD thesis focuses on investigating the causes of impunity in the political killings and violence that have been taking place in the Philippines since the fall of the Marcos dictatorship. He is originally from Mindanao.

Vany Susanto was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. After obtaining her BBA from the Ohio State University, USA, Vany moved to China to learn Mandarin. She ended up living in China for the next 12 years, starting her own business and raising a family there. In 2015, she sold her business and moved to Korea, following her husband’s career move. After spending more than half of her life outside Indonesia (and Southeast Asia), Vany decided to learn more about her roots by joining Sogang University’s Southeast Asian Studies program. For her Master’s thesis, Vany is researching the cultural and social history of Batavia (now Jakarta) from the short stories and novels written in the period of 1880s – 1920s.

Dominic Paul Sy is an instructor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman. His research has focused on the history of Philippine literature in English, as well as representation of millenarian discourse in Philippine literature. He has presented the findings of both at international conferences in Indonesia and the Philippines. He is currently finishing his Masters at Araling Pilipino (Philippine Studies) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman

Kenta Takasao is currently pursuing his Phd  in Religious Studies at Tohoku University, Japan. His current research focuses on the acceptance of modern cremation in Asian countries, especially Singapore and Japan. His research interest covers not only religious studies but also the development of sanitary science. He was a  Research fellow (DC1) of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) from 2014 to 2016.

Nguyen The Trung is a lecturer of Faculty of History, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh city. He is Deputy - Director of Centre National Policy and Strategic Studies, too. His favorite research is that history of Southeast Asian commerce in 17-19th century; city – ports of the Southern region of Cochinchina in Southeast Asia commerce network; the trade relationship between the southern region of Cochinchina with the countries of  Southeast Asian; the process of developing natural source over the Southwest sea of Cochinchina by the Nguyen lords and kings,… He currently pursuing his PhD degree in Faculty of History, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh city where he got MA in 2013.

Dewik Untarawati is currently an MA student in History at the University of Indonesia.  Her research focuses on “The Establishment of KINLM’s International Air Routes in the Southeast Asian Region 1930-1942”.

Pat Wongpradit is currently pursuing her PhD (Vernacular Architecture) at Silpakorn University, Thailand, where she got her MA (Vernacular Architecture) in 2015. Her previous research focuses on shop house along Tub-Tieng old town in Trang province, one of historic urban landscape in the south of Thailand. Her current research topic associates shop house in Indian Ocean’s port town with aim to  investigate relations among history, social, culture, economic and politic in Indian Ocean’s port town in Southeast Asia regarding the context of shop houses. And To explore the factors, causes, significance of the formation of shop house in the study area as well as to give an explanation of various applied ideas occur from the creation of shop house in the aspects that response to influences of colonialism, Overseas Chinese emigration and local wisdom.

Herbary Zhang is currently a PhD student in Anthropology at Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his BA degree (with 1st Class Honors) in Social Sciences from Chiang Mai University, Thailand and MPhil degree in Social Sciences from Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He was the former fellow of the University Scholars Program at the National University of Singapore and conducted the project on Participatory Development in Southeast Asia at the University of Yangon. His research interests include Chinese Diaspora-Southeast Asia Connections; rights of ethnic minorities in Burma, gender and migration studies in Southeast Asia and anthropology of cross-border development. He also serves as a board member for World Youth Parliament for Water and International Secretariat for Water.