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Affiliated Students

Ilona Argirion
School of Public Health

Nathinee Chucherdwatanasak
Graduate Student, Historical Musicology

Affiliation(s): School of Music, Theatre & Dance; Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Fields of Study: Southeast Asian Contemporary Composers

Chantal Croteau
Dynamics of memory, affect, and care in the context of everyday traumatic loss in Thailand; narratives, social behaviors, and material objects that both emerge out of and incite further iterations of these cultural processes

Lisa Veronica Decenteceo
Graduate Student, School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

Affiliation(s): School of Music, Theatre & Dance; Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Stephanie Fajardo
Graduate Student, History

Education: MA, Education, University of Washington, 2011; BA, History & Spanish, University of Washington, 2010

Chanese Forte
School of Public Health

Environmental Toxicology, Cancer Epidemiology, and Occupational Health; Thailand

Jennifer Frentasia
Graduate Student, Political Science

Education: UC San Diego, BA in Political Science/International Relations, 2012

Ai Binh Ho
Graduate Student, English

Affiliation(s): Department of English; Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Matan Kaminer
Graduate Student, Anthropology

Fields of Study: Migration from Thailand to Israel; agricultural work; labor process theory; settler colonialism; resistance and acquiescence; state-capital relations

Ho-Chak Law
School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Ha Yeon Lee
Graduate Student, Anthropology and Social Work

Leak Ly

Cambodia, Language, History

Erin L. McAuliffe

I am interested in how both society and the state define ethnic and religious minority groups and political privileges and how people respond to such categorization. In particular, I am interested in how people in Myanmar activate ethnic identities in different situations to either fragment or consolidate groups of political ethnicities.

Christopher Mulvey

United States, Singapore, masculinities, sport, kinship

Prash Naidu

My dissertation is a sensory ethnography of kinship under conditions of infrastructure development and hydrocarbon extration among Mambai cultural groups along the southwest coast and in the central highlands of East Timor.


Emma Nolan-Thomas
Graduate Student, History and Anthropology

Education: MA, South & Southeast Asia, Univ. Michigan, 2013; BA, Religion, Oberlin College, 2008

Fields of Study: Southeast Asia, 20th Century to Present; Islam, memory, and Materiality

Chanon Praepipatmongkol
Graduate Student, History of Art

Fields of Study: Contemporary Asian Art

Chanon (Kenji) Praepipatmongkol’s work centers on modern and contemporary art, with an interest in comparative histories of modernisms in East and Southeast Asia. His dissertation examines the dynamics of art and secularization in Cold War Southeast Asia, focusing on moments when the illegibility of abstract painting occasions modes of aesthetic experience that confound distinctions of the secular and the religious. Additional ongoing projects include a study of kinetic art and photography in 1960s London, and a morphological study of the spirit house in mainland Southeast Asia. Kenji’s recent publications include a catalog essay on Nomura Hitoshi for the exhibition For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979 (MFA Houston, 2015), short pieces for Artforum and Tate Etc, and translations for an anthology on contemporary Southeast Asian art published by the Ministry of Culture, Thailand. His work has been supported by the International Institute, the Islamic Studies Program, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan.

Education: BA Dartmouth College

Chao Ren

Fields of Study: British Empire; Modern South and Southeast Asia

Moniek van Rheenen

Indonesia; post-colonialism, national identity, language ideology, language contact and multilingualism, Islamization, semiotics

Samuel Robinson

My research focuses on the politics of work. More specifically, I look at contestation over the duty of the state to ensure employment for its citizens. I am currently investigating two cases: the full employment offshoot of the US Civil Rights Movement, centered on Coretta Scott King; and striking workers in export-oriented industries in contemporary Vietnam.

Matt Schissler
Graduate Student, Anthropology

Matt Schissler is a PhD student in anthropology at the University of Michigan. His work focuses on violence, memory, and media infrastructure in Burma/Myanmar. He writes an occasional essay series for the Australian National University blog New Mandala and his other papers can be found here. His most recent paper (3/2016) explores connections between Buddhist-Muslim violence in Burma and anti-Muslim rhetorics in the United States and elsewhere.

Prior to joining Michigan, Matt spent eight years living and working with local human rights, media, and community organizing groups from Burma. He speaks Burmese and holds an MSt in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and a BA from Whitman College, with majors in Politics and Rhetoric/Film Studies.

John Smith
Graduate Student, History

I am currently focusing on ethnic identities and state formation in early modern mainland Southeast Asia, with a special focus on Thailand and Cambodia. I have previously conducted research on politics and warfare in the 18th and 19th century Tai principalities.

Narith Vann Ta
Asian Languages and Cultures

Growing out of this formative experience, my research looks at the development of Southeast Asian migrant labor communities in South Korea since the early 1990s and explores their impact on Korean economy and culture. I plan to conduct this research across multiple sites not only in Korea but also in Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. My hope is that this research will shed light on the lure of the so-called “Korean Dream” for Southeast Asia, as well as on the nightmarish contradictions that continue to sustain it.

Cheryl Yin
Graduate Student, Anthropology

Fields of Study: United States, China, Cambodia, Southeast Asia, immigration, transnationalism, sponsorship of refugees, language socialization, language acquisition, honorifics, cross-cultural beliefs regard ing beauty/physical appearance, education of underrepresented and disadvantaged youths