Council on Southeast Asia Studies

The MacMillan Center
311 Luce Hall, 203.432.3431,

Erik Harms (Anthropology)

Professors Sunil Amrith (History), Michael Dove (School of the Environment), Erik Harms (Anthropology), Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (History of Art)

Assistant Professor Alka Menon (Sociology)

Lecturers and Lectors (I, II) Dinny Risri Aletheiani (Indonesian Language Studies), Carol Carpenter (School of the Environment), Amity Doolittle (School of the Environment), Indriyo Sukmono (Indonesian Language Studies), Quan Tran (American Studies), Quang Phu Van (Vietnamese Language Studies)

Curators and Librarians Ruth Barnes (Indo-Pacific Art, Yale Art Gallery)

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 Sterling Memorial Library (203.432.9350).

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; see

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; seas@yale.edu


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

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 560b, Readings in VietnameseQuang Van

For students with advanced Vietnamese language skills who wish to engage in concentrated reading and research.