Council on Southeast Asia Studies

The MacMillan Center
311 Luce Hall, 203.432.3431,

Michael Dove (Forestry & Environmental Studies)

Professors Michael Dove (Forestry & Environmental Studies), J. Joseph Errington (Anthropology), Benedict Kiernan (History), James Scott (Political Science), Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (History of Art)

Associate Professor Erik Harms (Anthropology)

Lecturers and Lectors (I, II) Dinny Risri Aletheiani (Southeast Asian Languages), Carol Carpenter (Forestry & Environmental Studies), Amity Doolittle (Forestry & Environmental Studies), Quang Phu Van (Southeast Asian Languages), Indriyo Sukmono (Southeast Asian Languages)

Curators Ruth Barnes (Indo-Pacific Art, Yale University Art Gallery), Richard Richie (Southeast Asia Collection, Yale University Library)

Yale does not offer higher degrees in Southeast Asia Studies. Instead, students apply for admission to one of the University’s degree-granting departments or professional schools and turn to the Council on Southeast Asia Studies for guidance regarding the development of their special area interest, courses outside their department, and instruction in Southeast Asian languages related to their research interest. Faculty members of the SEAS council are available to serve as Ph.D. advisers and committee members. The council aims to bring together faculty and students sharing an interest in Southeast Asia and contributes to the graduate and undergraduate curriculum with language courses, an annual seminar series, periodic conferences, cultural events, and special lectures.

Yale offers extensive library and research collections on Southeast Asia in Sterling Memorial Library, the Economic Growth Center, and the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Further information on library resources is available from Richard Richie, Curator, Southeast Asia Collection, Sterling Memorial Library (203.432.1858,

Language instruction is offered to graduate and undergraduate students in two Southeast Asian languages, Indonesian and Vietnamese. The council supports language tables and independent study or tutoring in other Southeast Asian languages through the Directed Independent Language Study Program or by special arrangement. Students planning to undertake field research or language study in Southeast Asia may apply to the council for summer fellowship support.

For information on program activities and participating faculty, contact the Council on Southeast Asia Studies, Yale University, PO Box 208206, New Haven CT 06520-8206;; or visit our website,


Courses in Indonesian and Vietnamese languages at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels are listed in Yale College Programs of Study.

INDN 570a or b, Readings in IndonesianStaff

For students with advanced Indonesian language skills preparing for academic performance and/or research purposes. Prerequisites: advanced Indonesian and permission of the instructor.

VIET 570a or b, Readings in VietnameseQuang Phu Van

For students with advanced Vietnamese language skills who wish to engage in concentrated reading and research. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.