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Rujaya Abhakorn
Professor of Northern Thai history and expert in Buddhist literature and history in Laos and Northern Thailand. Published several studies on these topics and actively involved in manuscript preservation in Northern Thailand. See: Abhakorn Rujaya, "Towards a collective memory of mainland Southeast Asia : field preservation of traditional manuscripts in Thailand , Laos and Myanmar ," IFLA Journal , vol. 23, n°2, 1997.

Christopher Adler
A composer, performer and improviser living in San Diego, California. His music draws upon over a decade of research into the traditional musics of Thailand and Laos and a background in mathematics. He is a foremost performer of traditional and new music for the khaen, a free-reed mouth organ from Laos and Northeast Thailand. As a pianist and conductor, he has performed with many of the West coast's finest improvisers, and he performs contemporary solo and ensemble repertoire and is pianist and composer-in-residence for the San Diego New Music resident ensemble NOISE. He received Ph.D. and Master's degrees in composition from Duke University and Bachelor's degrees in music composition and in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he is currently an Associate Professor at the University of San Diego.

John Aloia
Occupation: Department of State Foreign Service Officer Currently posted to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Previous postings include Chiang Mai, Thailand and Manila, Philippines.

Kristoffer E. Alstatt
Ph.D. candidate and Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX, U.S.A. My research experience in Laos includes preliminary research in Vientiane from May - August of 2004 and dissertation research in and around Vientiane from December 2005 - December 2006. I am currently writing my dissertation, which focuses on the intersections of tourism, gender and religion in Vientiane during the post-socialist period. My research interests include: symbolism, identity construction, ritual, tourism, gender, nationalism, and immigration.

Ian G. Baird
Geography Department, University of British Columbia, specialising on southern Laos and northeastern Cambodia

Nicola Benda
Sociologist at the Center of Civic Studies at Munich University of Applied Sciences. Working on the topic of Civil Society in Southeast Asia. At the moment she is preparing a research project which tends to explore civic structures, traditions and actions in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

Vatsana Bilavarn
Graduate student at the California State University Northridge. PHD candidate seeking to develop a project to bridge understanding and acceptance of Lao culture, identity, and community between native Lao youths and diaspora Lao youths through education and performing arts.

Mitchell Bonner
involved with the Laotian communities in the San Francisco Area for about 30 years. I have been to Thailand 12 times and Laos 7 times. I have local friends in each country. I am involved in Lao & Burmese organizations in my area. I have donated a private SE Asian library collection to the Lao Community in my area.

Thomas Borchert

An assistant professor of religion at the   University of Vermont.  His research interests include a concern with   monastic education, religion and politics and discipline in Buddhist   communities in Thailand and Southwest China.  His research on the   Dai-lue of Sipsongpanna has been published in the Journal of Asian   Studies and the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist   Studies.

Douangdeuane Bounyavong
Director of his new Mahasila Viravong Memorial Library, which will open to the public in December, 2004. She is also the head of Dokked Publishing and bookstore in Vientiane . Her most recent work is in the dissemination of Lao literature (in English and Lao) for use in public education in Laos : Bounyavong Douangdeuane, A comparative study on the political ideology expressed in the Thao Hung Thao Cheaung epic, with reference to local chronicle of Lao-Thai groups , Tokyo : Institute of Asian Cultures , Sophia University , 1995.

Vanina Boute
Finishing a PhD in Paris on the Phunoi. Recently offered a paper on her work at the "Workshop on Laos " at the National University of Singapore.

Jacqueline Butler-Diaz
Received an MA in Anthropology/Museum Studies at Arizona State University (1995)  and has curated the William W. Sage Collection of Laotian Ethnographica at the ASU Museum of Anthropology. Her interest has been in material culture, textiles and costumes of Thailand and Laos, and she is author of Yao Design in Northern Thailand (1981)  and editor of New Laos, New Challenges (1998). Her thesis research was on amulet practices in Laos and Thailand.

Geoffrey Cain
Journalist based in Phnom Penh who contributes to the Far Eastern Economic Review, Asia Times Online, and Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), a United Nations-run humanitarian news service. He consults the Cambodian Center for Human Rights and Radio Voice of Democracy in Phnom Penh on humanitarian research and media. Before landing in Cambodia, he investigated allegations of organ trafficking for an NGO in Washington, DC and helped edit the Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, published by Oxford University Press. His reporting focuses on humanitarian issues, ASEAN, and politics in Cambodia, Vietnam, and China. He holds a B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University.

Sarah Calhoun
Sarah Calhoun is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently working on a project involving an exploration of the words which are used to describe religion in Thai, and the interaction between fiction, religion, and the development of self-identity. More broadly, she works with Theravada Buddhist literature (in various languages, including Pali and Thai), mainly in Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Originally a linguist, specializing in language learning and teaching, but beginning a new project on children living in orphanages in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  The unique confluence of poverty in the province and an inflow of money from tourism has led to dozens of orphanages springing up in the area, with conditions that range widely along every dimension.  In addition to just understanding this phenomenon, my goals are to focus on the role of children in socializing other children, and to build service-learning opportunities for U.S. university students by arranging internships in Siem Reap orphanages.

Julia Cassaniti
A graduate student in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. She recently returned from fieldwork in Thailand, where she was conducting a compartive study of Buddhism in Northern Thai and Karen communities in Amphur Mae Chaem.

Thak Chaloemtiarana
Thak Chaloemtiarana is Director of the Cornell Southeast Asia Program and a member of the Department of Asian Studies. Although trained as a political scientist, he has become more and more fascinated with intellectual history, the epistemology of the Thai novel, and the political novels of Si Burapha. He taught politics at Thammasat University from 1974-1981 and still visits Thailand regularly to observe and to comment on the political shenanigans (of which there are ample) there.

James Chamberlain
Received his Ph.D. Theoretical Linguistics (specializing in Comparative and Historical Tai and Linguistic Anthropology), University of Michigan 1977. Now 39 years professional experience in Lao studies, including more that 33 years in the field in Laos and Thailand . My research interests include Historical Tai, Lao/Tai Literature, Ethnobiology, Biocultural Diversity Conservation, and Social Research. Recently in Laos he has been involved with numerous surveys and social analyses, including the Participatory Poverty Assessment, social impact assessments, socio-economic studies, ethnic group development plans, public involvement plans, institutional and policy analyses, evaluations, and technical studies. Presently he is involved with simultaneous projects with the WWF, ADB, UNICEF, WorldBank, and SWEDECO ( University of Lund ).

David Chandler

Emeritus Professor of History  Monash  University.    BA Harvard, MA Yale,  PhD University of  Michigan. He has written ,   co-authored  and co-edited books  about  Cambodian history, politics    and culture  since 1974.  His most recent  publication is People of   Virtue (co-edited with Alexandra Kent. NIAS Press, 2008. He is   currently revising the 4th edition  of his A HISTORY  OF CAMBODIA ,   first published in  1983,  for a French edition, under contract with   Les Indes Savantes.

Adam Chapman
Recently published (2003) an article in the Yearbook for Traditional Music on compositional methods/improvisation among performers of Lao vocal music (molam). Prior to this (2001) also published on Tone-Melody relationships in Lao vocal music. Both of these articles stem from his doctoral thesis which he is revising for publication. Currently he is engaged in a project on transnational Lao music and how it and technology are contributing to a reconstruction of identity. Adam Chapman completed his PhD in ethnomusicology at Monash University 's School of Music-Conservatorium in 2002. His thesis "Regional Traditions of Lao Vocal Music" is the first English language account of the Lao vocal music known as khap-lam in almost twenty-five years.

Michael W. Charney
Received his PhD from the University of Michigan's Department of History in 1999, following MA degrees at the University of Michigan (1991, Asian Studies) and Ohio University (1993, Asian History) with the dissertation "Where Jambudipa and Islamdom Converged: Religious Change and the Emergence of Theravada Buddhist Communalism in Early Modern Arakan (Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuries)." He is a member of the faculty of the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) where he has taught Southeast Asian history since 2001 and has edited the SOAS Bulletin of Burma Research since 2003. His research focuses on Buddhist monastic and intellectual history in Burma and warfare and transportation technology in mainland Southeast Asia. He has authored three books, Southeast Asian Warfare 1300-1900 (2004, Brill), Powerful Learning: Buddhist Literati and the Throne in Burma's Last Dynasty, 1752-1885 (2006, University of Michigan, Centers for South and Southeast Asian Studies), and A History of Modern Burma (in press--2009, Cambridge University Press).

Linda Chhath

Grad student of the center for southeast asian studies at UW-madison. Am currently studying Theravada Buddhism with Anne Hansen.

A professor of Asian Art and director of the Asian Studies Program at California State University, Sacramento. She is the author of Votive Tablets in Thailand: Origin, Styles and uses (Kuala Lumpur, Oxford University Press, 1997). Her most recent research has been on Wat Ratchaburana (Ayutthaya, Thailand), Wat Si Chum (Sukhothai, Thailand), funeral scenes in Thai art, and images and texts. She is a co-curator of the international Thai art exhibition The Kingdom of Siam: Art from Central Thailand (1350-1800) (2005) and Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma, 1775-1950 (scheduled for October 2009 at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco).


Patrick Clarkin
Received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2004. He has conducted research on the health effects of war among adult Hmong and Lao refugees in the United States and French Guiana. He is currently an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Daryl Collins

Studied art history, at the Australian National University, in Canberra submitting my Master of Arts thesis in 1992 on Asian Art and Australia: 1830s-1930s , with the degree conferred in 1993, before travelling to Cambodia in 1994 with a team from the National Gallery of Australia, to work with an Australian government-funded project at the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. I worked with two others to document post-independence Khmer architecture in a co-authored monograph published in 2006 (‘Best Asian Books of 2006', Time -Asia Edition). In mid-2007, I left Phnom Penh and am now resident in Siem Reap.

Carol J. Compton
Professor at the University of Wisconsion , Madison is working on an extensive collection of polysyllabic phrases in Lao which may occur either in oral or written discourse. She is currently focusing on the types of four-word phrases that occur in the Lao data and discuss aspects of the patterns found in them. She sees such knowledge of four-word phrases and related patterns (five- to eight-word, for instance) as significant in developing a deeper understanding of the Lao lexicon and syntax, and of Lao discourse and poetics. She believes that exploration of this topic could have value for exploring discourse structures and poetics in other Tai languages as well. She has presented the findings of her work in Lao linguistics at the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS) at Northern Illinois University (2002: SEALS 12) and the University of California at Los Angeles (2003: SEALS 13). She will be presenting another paper on this at SEALS 14 at Thammasat University in Bangkok . The SEALS 12 paper is about to be published. The reference to it is as follows: Compton, Carol J. 2004. "Four-Word Phrases in Lao Discourse: yuu 4 dii 2 mii 3 hEEN 3 ." In Papers from the Twelvth Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 2002, edited by John F. Hartmann and Ratree Wayland. Tempe : Arizona State University Program in Southeast Asian Studies. The SEALS 13 paper was entitled "The Role of Four-Word Phrases in Lao Narrative Discourse." The SEALS 14 paper is entitled "The Role of Four-Word Phrases in Lao Descriptive Discourse." Another area of research that she has worked on for many years is that of the use of pronouns and kinship terms in Lao discourse. See especially: Compton, Carol J. 2002. "Uses of Lao Pronouns and Kinship Terms in Lao Performance Texts." In Papers from the Tenth Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 2000, edited by Marlys Macken, pp. 115-126. Tempe : Arizona State University Program in Southeast Asian Studies.

Joanna Cook

A Research Fellow at Christ's College, University of Cambridge. Her research interests include: Thai Buddhism; ascetic practice; anthropology of ethics and personhood; cultures of mindfulness: meditation techniques in healthcare and monasticism.

Ph.D. student in the History of Art department at Cornell University.  My research interests include Vietnamese and Cambodian contemporary art, urban imaginaries in art and literature, memory and landscape, and comparative modernities.

Louise Cort
I am Curator for Ceramics at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. In addition to ongoing research on ceramics in Japan and India, since 1989 I have become interested in both historical and present-day ceramic production in Mainland Southeast Asia. Leedom Lefferts and I are making a long-term and widespread study of present-day village-based stoneware and earthenware production in the region.

Catherin Dalpino
I have been teaching at Georgetown (and occasionally at George Washington University) since 1997, when I left the State Department. (I was a Clinton appointee, and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy.) I was also concurrently a Scholar at the Brookings Institution from 1997 to 2003. Southeast Asia specialists in the Washington academic community are relatively rare, and so we all cover a broad part of the waterfront. My specialty is political development, but I also teach Southeast Asian security and SEA international relations. With my new duties as Director of Georgetown's Thai Studiesprogram I teach an inter-disciplinary introduction to Thailand and am designing a few more specialized courses. I'm also co-founder and co-editor of the Georgetown Southeast Asia Survey, an annual look at developments in Southeast Asia and their significance for US policy.

Erik Davis
Erik Davis is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago, in the History of Religions program. He is currently finishing up his fieldwork in Cambodia, and will begin writing his dissertation Fall 2006. His work examines Cambodian Buddhism, thematically focussing on the themes of Death, Memory, and the Imagination. He enjoys collaborative work and research, and welcomes inquiries.

Henry D. Delcore
Assistant Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Fresno. His research focuses on economic and environmental changes in northern Thailand and the nature of the response from NGO activists, farmers, and monks. Past publications include analysis of representations of the past by Thai NGO workers, the life history of a Thai farmer leader, and tree ordinations sponsored by ecology monks and their allies. His current research project concerns ethnic relations among Tai Lue, Hmong and Lua people living in and around a national park in Nan Province, northern Thailand.

Nancy Eberhardt
Nancy Eberhardt is Professor of Anthropology at Knox College in Illinois.  Her research has focused on the Shan of northwest Thailand, with special attention to gender, religion, human development and ethnopsychology.  Her most recent publication is the book _Imagining the Course of Life: Self-Transformation in a Shan BuddhistCommunity_ (University of Hawaii, 2006).

Eli Elinoff
PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently living in Khon Kaen, Thailand conducting his dissertation fieldwork. This research explores emerging and historically situated practices of citizenship and development through an ethnographic investigation of the interactions between architects, planners, NGOs, government officials, and residents participating in the Baan Mankong housing project.

Bethany Elkington
PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am looking for medicinal plants in the palm leaf manuscripts of Laos, concentrating on indications of malaria and tuberculosis and trying to deduce which plants may have been used for treatment in the past. Findings will be followed by interviews in the regions where the manuscripts originated to determine if the same plants are being used for the same treatments.  Hopeful plants will be collected and analyzed for active compounds.  This research also hopes to affirm intellectual property rights for traditional medicines of Laos.  I welcome any discussion on any of the above topics.

Nick Enfield
Former visiting student at the National University of Laos (Dong Dok) and professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. He is working on a project on "linguistic epidemeology" and deicdic gesture in the Lao language. His most recent work is: "How to define 'Lao', 'Thai', and 'Isan' language? A view from linguistic science," Tai Culture , vol. 7.1 (June 2002).

Grant Evans
Australian scholar who has been teaching Anthropology at Hong Kong University for the past 15-16 years. He also has done some work on China , Hong Kong and Vietnam , and general anthropology. Currently he is near the end of a book which may be described as a documentary history of Lao royalty, tentatively titled: The Last Century of Lao Royalty. Also, there is a Lao and a Thai translation of his Short History of Laos is in the works.

Monica Lindberg Falk
Social Anthropologist and Research Fellow at the Centre for East- and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden. Until recently researcher and lecturer at Göteborg University, Sweden. My research concern the intersection of gender, Buddhism and social change in Thailand. I have during the last couple of years carried out research on gender and Socially Engaged Buddhism in Thailand and I am currently working on a  research project on gender, Buddhism and ways of recovery after the tsunami in Thailand. I have published a series of articles in English and Swedish on gender and Buddhism and the monograph Making Fields of Merit: Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Orders in Thailand will be published later this year. 

Honorary research scholar in Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, Paris, is working in Pali philology, editing paraconical texts. She has published many catalogues of Pali manuscripts in Europe and Asia and is currently writing a handbook of Pali codicology. For more information contact <kfilliozat@yahoo.com>

Magnus Fiskesjö
Teaches anthropology and Asian studies at Cornell University. He was educated in Sweden, China, and the US. Since 1995 he has done field research in Wa country in the China-Burma border region, and his PhD dissertation (University of Chicago, 2000), “The fate of sacrifice and the making of Wa history” has been followed by writings on Wa naming and Wa concepts of health and illness; on the status of minorities in China and Southeast Asia; on museums, archaeology and heritage issues across Asia, and beyond, as well as other topics.

Amanda Flaim
A PhD student in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, and I am pursuing minors in Southeast Asian Studies, Anthropology and Demography. My research involves questions of citizenship and legal status among highlanders in Thailand, and the impacts of exclusion on access to social services and life course inequalities. I work on and off with UNESCO in these endeavors and recently presented my work at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand with several Thai experts on highland citizenship. I will begin my fieldwork in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai provinces in December looking predominantly at migration and education patterns in the highlands.

Dr FOO Check Teck
Currently with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore where he is Associate Professor, Systems and Engineering Management. He is Editor of Chinese Management Studies, Emerald Publishing. Recently he was ILO Consultant to Vietnam on Industrial Relations. His Laos: No Cola, Pepsi Only is published by White Lotus. He had completed his other volumes on his consulting and lecturing experiences in Vietnam and Myanmar.'

Bernhard Gay
Scholar and bibliographer. His recent work is an 1100 page, 14,000 entry bibliography of Lao Studies ("Bibliographie du laos " (1975-2003)). It is available on CD-Rom. It is a "must have" for any scholar of Lao Studies or SE Asian Studies.

James Giles
Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guam with research interests in Theravada and Mahayana East-Asian Buddhism and in comparative philosophy. His publications include No Self To be Found: The Search for Personal Identity (1997).

Kathleen Gillogly
Kathleen Gillogly recently presented a paper on "The Drug War in Lisu Households: Social Transformations with the End of the Opium Economy" at the April 2005 Society for Applied Anthropology meetings. She will be editing papers from that session for a book on The Political Ecology of International Drug Interdiction. She recently finished writing her dissertation on transformations in Lisu kinship structures under development in northern Thailand and is currently teaching as an adjunct at Chicago State University and Columbia College Chicago.

Olivia Given
Ph.D student, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.  My research focus is the prehistoric archaeology of mainland Southeast Asia.  For my dissertation, I will be working in northern Laos.  I am also interested in public archaeology, heritage management, and cultivating indigenous archaeology infrastructure and educational curricula.

Volker Grabowsky
Volker Grabowsky is Professor of South East Asian history at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. He has specialised on the history and culture of the Tai peoples in northern Thailand and Laos. From 1996 to 1999 he taught traditional Lao literature as a DAAD lecturer at the National University of Laos, Vientiane. Together with his former colleagues from Department of Lao Language and Literature (NUOL) he edited three volumes on 19th century Lao literature (Kap Müang Phuan, San LÃpphasun and PhÃn Wiang). During recent years he has published several studies in the history and historiography of Chiang Khaeng/Mueang Sing.

Tyrell Haberkorn
I completed my dissertation in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University in August 2007 and am currently a postdoctoral fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University.  My dissertation, which was entitled "States of Transgression: politics, violence, and agrarian transformation in northern Thailand," is about how tenancy struggles, cross-class solidarity, and state and para-state violence radically transformed Chiang Mai and Lamphun in the mid-1970s.  In a broad sense, my academic interests include violence, agrarian struggle, radical politics, gender studies, nationalism and silence, human rights, and sovereignty.

Rebecca Hall
Rebecca is currently completing her dissertation in art history at UCLA on Buddhist banners in northern Thailand and Laos and hopes to continue this research project further to include other banners of the region. Her interests include textiles and the local or rural Buddhist arts that are made, donated, and displayed outside of the region's major cities.

Works at the Office of Human Rights Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand, where they have an MA and PhD program in Human Rights. He teaches and researches in human rights issues in South East Asia.

CJ Hinke

Coordinator of the activist group Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) http://facthai.wordpress.com -- sign the petition http://facthai.wordpress.com/sign ! CJ also publishes children's books in Thai translation and is co-translator of The Classical Wizard: Magus Mirabilis in Oz .
CJ serves on the advisory board of international whistleblower group, WikiLeaks http://wikileaks.org


Scott A. Hipsher
Scott A. Hipsher is an instructor at Bangkok University (I am also teaching a course at Mahidol University now), I teach mostly business related topics. I am also in the final stages of finishing my dissertation on the internationalization strategies of Thai firms in their operations in Cambodia (I just got back to Thailand from Cambodia today). I have written a few conferences papers about business in the Greater Mekong sub-region and I am currently co-authoring a book with deans at two different Thai universities entitled, The nature of Asian Firms: An evolutionary perspective. I think I might be able to contribute something to the organization and I expect it would be a great source of information and a chance for collaborative research efforts with other members.

Harald Hundius
The director of the Lao-German Joint Preservation Program at the National Library of Laos. He has published on Northern Thai colophons, the Yuan script and manuscript collection issues in Laos .

Akiko Iijima
Professor at Tenri University in Nara , Japan and undertaking a project on the manuscript collections of Lao literature at Wat mahathat in Northeast Thailand . Most recent publication:
Iijima Akiko, "Study of the short chronicle of Vientiane : introductory remarks," (in Thai with an English summary), in Sarasawadee Ongsakul, Yoshiyuki Masuhara (eds.), Studies of history and literature of Tai ethnic groups , Bangkok : Amarin Printing and Publishing, University of Chiang Mai, 2002.

Saskia Jans
Completed an MA in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam in 2006. My thesis was on current history education in Cambodia, with a specific emphasize on the period 1975 - 1979. I have been actively involved in the NGO sector in Cambodia, and work voluntary for a major international human rights organisation as the Laos & Cambodia coordinator. I also work for the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, the Netherlands, as a Fellowship Coordinator.

Michael Jerryson
Visiting Lecturer in Global and Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His dissertation Sacred Fury, Sacred Duty , examines the role of Thai Buddhism in the conflict of southern Thailand. Previous work has been on early Theravada Buddhism and the Institutional demise of the Mongolian Sangha.

Trasvin Jittidecharak
Founder and publisher of Silkworm Books and Mekong Press. Silkworm Books is a general publisher based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We specialize in select markets and quality English-language books, and, as shown in the accompanying catalogue, have to date published 160 titles.

Andrew Alan Johnson
PhD student at Cornell, interested in Northern Thai cities; Chiang Mai in particular. MA from George Washington University (2002) and BS from the College of William and Mary (1999). Other interests include cosmopolitanism, the middle class, and ghosts and spirit mediums.

Jordan Johnson

Ph.D. student in the Department of Religious Studies at Arizona State University.  His scholarly interests include the intersection between Theravada Buddhism and modernity (especially in Thailand and Laos), Buddhist social ethics, and socially engaged Buddhism.

Kari Jordan-Diller
PhD student in linguistics at Arizona State University.  My area of research is in planning multilingual education programs in minority language communities.  Recently, I returned from a year in Thailand where I interviewed parents in a Prai community (Mon Khmer language) and teachers about their perceived literacy and education needs.  I spent 15 years of my life in Northern Thailand.

Dara Viravong Kanlaya
Based at the National Library of Laos, she is a scholar of Lao religious literature. She began writing short stories, novels, poetry at the age of 18. From 1963-1979 she translated foreign language novels in Lao. In 1979, she became the Co-editor of Vannasinh Literary Magazine, then 1990 Chief Editor 1988-94. In 1992 she became the director for the "Project for Inventory of Lao palm Leaf Manuscript in 6 provinces." In 1996 she became director of the "Preservation of Lao Palm Leaf Manuscript Programme" and now serves as a permanent advisor to the project. Her latest project is: Translation and Publication of "In Search of Southeast Asia" Hawaï Press 1987 Edition, in Lao language. In 1990 she published: Kanlagna Dara, « La fin de la vie de mon père » (en lao), in Comité des sciences sociales de la RDP Lao (éd.), Maha Sila Viravong: vie et ouvre , Vientiane : Impri-merie d'État. She has also published some 60 short stories and novels in Lao.

Sunil KC

MPhil student of the Department of Geography and Resource Management, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am looking forward to conducting my field work in the Bokeo Province of the Northern Laos, which I hope, will commence on the end of April 2009. My area of study will be "non-timber forest products and rural household economy". I completed a master's degree in Forest and Nature Conservation from Wageningen University, before I proceed this Mphil degree.

Susan F. Kepner
Susan F. Kepner teaches Southeast Asian cultures and literatures at the University of California, Berkeley (where she earned her PhD), as well as Thai language and modern literature at all levels. Kepner has lived and taught in Vietnam and in Thailand, and has translated many novels, short stories and scholarly works from Thai. She is the author of The Lioness in Bloom: Modern Thai Fiction about Women, and Married to the Demon King: Sri Daoruang and Her Demon Folk. Forthcoming is A Siwilai Woman: M.L. Boonlua of Siam (a biography).

Bhoj Raj Khanal
Mr. Bhoj Raj Khanal is currently working as Research Manager in the Research Department of the Mekong Institute (MI) Khon Kaen , Thailand . He has over 9-year professional experiences in the community based organization management, rural development, micro-finance, agro-forestry, community forestry, agricultural planning, marketing, and environmental management. He has been involved in process monitoring of researches in the GMS member countries conducted through Mekong Institute Research Advisory Committee (MIRAC) as a part of MIRAC Research Consortium 2006-07. Additionally, he is involving in the research training for young GMS researchers and revision of their proposals to submit the donor agencies. Before joining to the MI, Mr. Bhoj had worked as Research Associate in the Greater Mekong Subregion Academic and Research Network at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

Kelly Bornt Kidson
Kelly Bornt Kidson researches Traditional Southeast Asian Herbal Medicine with a focus on Laos & Thailand. She is currently studying Lao through the Center for Southeast Asian Studies online program at Northern Illinois University. She is the founder of The Mango Grove, LLC a Southeast Asian Herbal Apothecary. She lives in Rhode Island were she maintains a small private practice. She will be returning to Laos in 2008 to further her studies and finish her forthcoming book on the medicinal plants and healing traditions of Laos.

Peter Koret
Peter Koret recently joined the faculty at the University of California , Berkeley . He has published several seminal articles on the nature of Lao literature, its use in rituals and its internal structure. His dissertation from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London is the first comprehensive work in English on classical Lao poetry. He recently completed a book (in the process of being sent off to publishers) on a Lao poem Leup Phasun, which discusses the aftermath of the war between Siam and Chao Anou, and how the poem takes on new meanings in its interpretation. He is also working on an article on the prophetic literature of the 19th century in Laos and Northeast Thailand and putting together a more general book on traditional literature in Laos.

Pim Kuipers
Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Remote Health
A joint centre of Flinders University & C.D.U.

Joshua Kurlantzick
A visiting scholar in the Carnegie Endowment's China Program. Kurlantzick is assessing China's relationship with the developing world, including Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Kurlantzick's new book, Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World (Yale University Press), focuses on how China uses its soft power-culture, investment, academia, foreign aid, public diplomacy- to influence other countries in Southeast Asia. Additionally, Kurlantzick is currently a fellow at the USC School of Public Diplomacy and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Patrice Ladwig
PhD candidate University of Cambridge writing a dissertation: Gifts, ethics and the state: Buddhism in postsocialist Laos " (preliminary title) Duration: 2002-2006. He has studied Social Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Muenster ( Germany ), Edinburgh, EHESS (Paris) and is now a PhD-candidate at the University of Cambridge . The thesis aims to explore theories of exchange in a Theravada-Buddhist context (offerings, donations, the gift of the self in initiation-ceremonies etc.), but also refers to other traces of the gift in a specific Lao context relating e.g. to transnational donations from Lao living in exile, kathin-ceremonies reflecting the relation between Thailand and Laos and the relation of power and giving in a 'postsocialist' urban setting.

Christian Lammerts
Christian Lammerts is pursuing his PhD in Asian Religions at Cornell University. His research concerns Burmese, Pali, and Sanskrit law texts and legal culture, and he is editing and translating several early Burmese dhammasats. He has a particular interest in Burmese manuscripts and epigraphy and is involved in manuscript documentation and conservation efforts in Myanmar. http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/dcl33/

Jonathan Lee
Although my Ph.D. studies and dissertation concentrates on Chinese religions, I am interested in Southeast Asian diaspora. Mainly because I'm part Khmer, part Vietnamese, and part Chinese. My recent publications that may be of interest to this group:

"Cambodian Americans and Religion," in Asian American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia;
"Vietnamese Americans and Religion," in Asian American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia;
"Hmong Americans and Religion," in Asian American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia;
"Laotian Americans and Religion," Asian American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia (forthcoming 2009).

Michele Legge
Michelle Legge is a PhD candidate within the Resources Management Program at the Australian National University. She holds a Master degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the ANU. Her special interest is social impacts of resettlement in Laos and she also lived in SW Cambodia for 1 year.

Nantawan Boonprasat Lewis, Ph.D.
Nantawan Boonprasat Lewis is Professor of ethnic and religious studies and Chair of the Department of Ethic and Religious Studies at Metropolitan State University, St Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She is the author of numerous articles on religion and violence against women in SE Asia and the United States. She has served as editor and co-editor of several anthologies and a special issue of a journal on the subject.  Nantawan Lewis is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Religion and Abuse. She is currently completing a manuscript on When Justice Collapes: Poverty, Sexual Slavery and AIDS in SE Asia (Eerdmans, forthcoming).

Sansom Lim
Samson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Cornell University. His research interests include real-crime stories, detective novels, crime reporting, and the development of forensics and police science in Thailand. Prior to studying at Cornell, Samson worked for several years in Singapore and Bangkok in the field of urban planning and real estate development.

Manuel Litalien
A PhD student in political science at Université du Québec à Montréal. His research focuses on the relationship between religion and politics in Thailand, international relations in Pacific Asia, and transnational theologico-political movements.

Bruce Lockhart
Received his PhD in Southeast Asian history from Cornell in 1990. Specializes in Vietnamese, Thai, and Lao history with particular interest in monarchy and historiography. Has published book chapters on monarchy and decolonization in Indochina and on narrating 1945 in Lao history. Is currently working on projects related to post-colonial Lao narratives of pre-colonial history.

Colin Long and Jonathan Sweet
Working on Luang Prabang as a World Heritage site.

Michel Lorrillard
Director of the L'Ecole Francaise d'Extreme-Orient office in Vientiane . Besides teaching at the National University of Laos and collecting resources for Lao Studies (one of the finest libraries on Lao Studies (esp. Buddhist material) in the world is at the EFEO), he is finishing a book on epigraphy of Laos. Once finished, it will be the first comprehensive catalogue and summary of all inscriptions in the country. His most recent work is: Lorrillard Michel, «Le centre de Vientiane de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient», La lettre de l'afrase , n° 59, mai 2003, p. 3-5, as well as a talk on the history of Lao Scripts at the Sirinthorn Anthropology Center in Bangkok.

Daniel Mandell
The Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand Program Director for Volunteers in Asia, a San Francisco-based non-profit promoting cross-cultural understanding and education. I am based in Chiang Mai, Thailand and I work with our Asian partner institutions (primarily schools and NGOs) to develop one-year posts for American volunteers. I welcome recommendations of organizations and long-term volunteers!

Ben Marwick
Ben Marwick is an Assistant Professor of archaeology in the University of Washington Anthropology Department. He received his PhD on Soutehast Asian hunter-gatherer behavioural ecology in 2008 from The Australian National University and conducts archaeological research in Thailand, Laos and Australia.

Stephen Maxner
Currently the director of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University. In that capacity, he supervises the development of one of the largest university collections on Southeast Asia and travels frequently to Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. The Vietnam Center currently distributes scholarships to students in Cambodia and is endeavoring to establish a scholarship program for students in Laos as well as joint academic programs with Laos and Cambodia.

Warren Mayes
PhD Candidate in the Anthropology Program at the Australian National University. He has worked in Laos as an advisor to a government newspaper, news agency and private business magazine. He is currently writing an ethnography about urban youth in Vientiane.

Linda McIntosh
PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University.  She is a consultant for the James HW Thompson Foundation, Bangkok, and an Advisor for the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Luang Prabang.

Justin McDaniel
Received his PhD from Harvard University 's Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies in 2003. Presently he teaches Buddhism and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Riverside. His research foci include Lao, Thai, Pali and Sanskrit literature, Southeast Asian Buddhism, ritual studies, manuscript studies, and Southeast Asian history.

Sverre Molland
PhD Candidate (social anthropology),   Macquarie University, Australia. His research focuses on mobility and   sex commerce, in relation to discourses of prostitution, labour   migration and human trafficking in Mainland Southeast Asia. His   fieldwork (2005-2006) was carried out in Laos and Thailand, where he   has previously worked as a development consultant and Project advisor   for the Lao office of the UN inter-agency project on human   trafficking in the Greater Mekong sub-region (UNIAP).

Watana Moonkham
A researcher of the Northern Archaeology Center at Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University. He graduated a masters degree in Historical Archaeology from Silpakorn University and recently interested in religious and landscape archaeology in mainland Southeast and South Asia as well as Latin America. His recent proposal aim to understand how the settlements adapt to landscape change in Chiang Saen areas.

Marjorie Muecke
Nurse-anthropologist (PhD anthro. U Washington). Moved through the ranks to professor of nursing (& adjunct professor in anthropology & public health) at U Washington, where she directed the SEA Center 2001-5. Summer 2006 moved to U Pennsylvania as ass't. dean for global health, nursing. Program officer for the Ford Fdn. in New York 1993-8 in sexual & reproductive health. Research based in urban ChiangMai: a longitudinal naturalistic exploratory study of mother-child pairs over 27 years (involving 8 years fieldwork in Thailand) with focus upon gender and class interface with reproductive health development policies.

Robert J. Muscat
Robert J. Muscat is a consultant and independent researcher focusing on conflict in developing countries. Previously he served as economic advisor to the governments of Thailand and Malaysia, and as Chief Economist in USAID. He has authored books and articles on Thailand and numerous policy studies and evaluations concerning Indonesia, Cambodia, and other Asian and African countries.

Sudarat Musikawong
My dissertation research focused on memories of 1970s student movement and state violence, examining film/ media/ art, commemorations, issues of gender.  My current research investigates how Thais negotiate their own political and economic identities in the US.  I look at cases of labor trafficking, issues of citizenship/ migration, how Thais partake in "homeland politics" through film, video stores, internet and satellite television in Los Angeles.

Michael H. Nelson
Michael H. Nelson ( mhnelson_bkk@yahoo.de ) is a Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (Thailand), and a Senior Research Associate in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Passau (Germany). His research has focused on Thai politics, comparative sub-national government and decentralization, and globalization in Southeast Asia. He published the book Central Authority and Local Democratization in Thailand (1998), and co-authored (with Jürgen Rüland, Clemens Jürgenmeyer, and Patrick Ziegenhain) a book on Parliaments and Political Change in Asia (2005). In addition, he has edited the two volumes Thailand's New Politics (2002), and Thai Politics: Global and Local Perspectives (2005). His Thai Politics Bibliography of more than 3,000 entries can be found at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/thaipol . A more recent PDF version can be downloaded at http://www.iseap.de/images/PDF/Workingpaper/polthai%5B1%5D.pdf .

Khongdeuane Nettavong
Director of the National Library of Laos and scholar of Lao literature. She works closely with local and foreign scholars in the preservation of Lao palm-leaf manuscripts.

Mayoury Ngaosrivathana
One of the most prolific scholars in Lao Studies. Recent publications include: Ngaosrivathna Mayoury, Ngaosrivathna Pheuiphanh, « Early European im-pressions of the Lao », in Mayoury Ngaosrivathana, Kennon Brezeale (eds.), Breaking new ground in Lao history : essays on seventh to twentieth centuries , Chiangmai : Silkworm Books, 2002; and Ngaosyvathn Mayoury, Ngaosyvathn Pheuiphanh, Crisis management and technics of power in imperial Vietnam . An annotated translation of Chronicle of our Imperial court's behavior towards the affairs of the country of Ten Thousand Elephants , Tokyo : Centre of Southeast Asian Studies for UNESCO's Bibliotheca Codicum Aiaticorum, 2000. As well as extensive work on the Siamese-Lao wars of the early 19 th century.

Betty Nguyen
Graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The focus of my studies is Pali literature. In particular, I am interested in Buddhist narratives such as Jatakas and chronicles.

Prakong Nimmanahaeminda
Thai scholar of Lao and Northern Thai literature based at the Chulalongkorn University and Silapakorn University in Bangkok . Recently spoke at the Lao Literary Heritage conference.

Peter Oksen
An Associate Professor at International Development Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark, and have for the last decade been active in research and university capacity building in Thailand and Laos. I was based in Laos from 2004-05, and am still pursuing research in Laos, particularly in relation to land reforms, resettlement and livelihood changes in village societies.

R. Brian Page
I am an architectural historian who specilizes in the connections between Asian wooden and vernacular architecture, English and American architecture.  In particular the development of the "Queen Anne" style in the west, the balloon frame structure were all dervied from SE Asian prototypes and imported by the English domestically. I am a contractor for the Secretary of State's Office in Delaware and was preservation officer of Sussex County for five years. I am a graduate of the University of Delaware and Colorado Technical University and a planning to pursue a Ph.D. within the next two years.

Boualy Paphaphanh
Associate Professor of Lao language and literature at the National University of Laos, he received his Masters degree in Moscow and his PhD from Hanoi . Although he has several projects underway, he is most concerned with the way traditional Lao poetic forms and tropes are used in modern letter writing, diaries, and fiction.

Saveng Phinith
Long time meber of the EFEO and scholar of Lao history based in Paris. Recent work: Phinith, Saveng, Histoire du pays lao, de la préhistoire à la république , Paris: L'Harmattan, 1998.

Vatthana Pholsena
Recently completed her PhD on Lao identity at Hull . She is a post-doctoral fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. Her most recent publication was "Narrative, Memory and History: Multiple Interpretations of the Lao Past" ( Asia Research Institute Working Paper #4 ). Singapore : Asia Reseacrh Institute, 2003.

Sommai Premchit
Professor of Buddhist studies and Northern Thai history and literature at the Social Research Institute at Chiang Mai University in Northern Thailand . He has published several studies of Buddhist narratives and local history in Thai and English. He is currently assisting in the study and preservation of Lao manuscripts in Northern Thailand.

Jana Raenchen
Researcher on Lao history at the University of Munster , she is undertaking project on the political history of Laos . Recent work: Raendchen Jana, "Plain of Jars," in Encyclopaedia of Modern Asia , New York : Scribner, 2002; and, Verhalten in Laos . Des-Reihe Länder-Verhaltenspapiere, Deutche Stiftung für Entwicklung , Bad Honnef: 1994.

Oliver Raenchen
Editor of the Journal of Tai Culture and expert in Lao literature (especially in the Tai dialects of the Black Tai, Red Tai and upland Lao peoples).

Saengmany Ratsabout
Born in Nongbok, Khammouan Laos and immigrated to the US at the age of four. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Saint Cloud State University , with a focus on the importance of the Vessantara Festival in Minnesota and its role in bridging the generational gap. He received his Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Advanced Opportunity Fellow. His Master's thesis was examining the “Continuity and Changes of Buddhism from ‘Old' State to ‘New' State of the Lao People's Democratic Republic”. Saengmany is currently serving as a board member for the Laotian American National Alliance. In addition, he is currently in the process of working on a project detailing the history of Lao nationalism and its legacy in constructing the transnational Lao identity.

Matt Reeder
I am an MA student in Southeast Asian studies at the University of Hawai'i.  I am especially interested in early modern Thai and Lao history. 

Ronald D. Renard
An AAS member based in Chiang Mai but also spending long periods of time in Burma and Laos in the last three years. I have been studying Karens and other small groups in the Mekong region for a few years. I will be in Kyoto on a CSEAS fellowship to examine early Tai/Lao social structure and what happened to it in the early-twentieth century.

Burkard Richter
Lecturer at the University of Education in Freiburg/Breisgau (geography and didactics). Experience in Lao and Thailand studies. Field trips with students in Thailand. Research foci include rural developement, migration, tourism and prostitution.

Dawn F. Rooney

An independent scholar and an art historian specializing in Southeast Asia. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical and the Royal Asiatic Societies, London; an advisor to the Society for Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; and co-chairperson of the James H.W. Thompson Foundation Advisory Board, Bangkok. She was awarded a Scholar in Residence at The Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio , Italy in 2002. Dr. Rooney is the author of nine books. Her extensive research on Southeast Asia is being preserved through an online digital archive and can be accessed at her web site: http://rooneyarchive.net .

Richard Ruth
A Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Cornell University specializing in the modern histories of Thailand and Vietnam. His dissertation, "In Buddha's Company: Thailand's Experience in the Vietnam War," will be completed in the spring of 2007.

Nou Saiyasitthivong
Professor of Lao literature and administrator at the National University of Laos, he is presently undertaking an analysis of how Lao literature is taught at the university level.

Sam-Ang Sam
Sam-Ang Sam, a Khmer born ethnomusicologist and performer, was educated in Cambodia at the Royal University of Fine Arts, in the Philippines at the College of Music, University of the Philippines, and in the United States at Connecticut College and at Wesleyan University, where he received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Music Composition and Ethnomusicology respectively. Dr. Sam has taught at Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington (USA), the Salzburg Seminar (Austria), the National Museum of Ethnology (Japan), and the Royal University of Fine Arts (Cambodia). Presently, Dr. Sam is Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Letters, and Humanities at Paññasastra University of Cambodia and Principal of the Paññasastra International School, both in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), where he also teaches. Dr. Sam is a recording artist and has written and published several articles and books on various aspects of Khmer culture. He has received numerous grants, awards, and honors, including the US National Heritage Fellowships and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowships.

Brooke Schedneck
Ph.D. student in Asian Religions at Arizona State University. Her scholarly interests include Theravada Buddhism and modernity, Buddhist memoir, and Western dialogue with Asian religions. 

Benjamin Schonthal
PhD student in History of Religion at the Univ of Chicago working on Buddhism and politics in Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Martin Seeger
Lecturer in Thai language and culture at the University of Leeds, UK. He received his PhD in Thai Studies from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 2005. Much of his research focuses on the life and work of Thailand's foremost Buddhist thinkers Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (1906-1993) and Phra Payutto (1939- ). Currently, he is doing research on the bhikkhuni-ordination controversy in Thailand. He also continues to work on a research project on development monks in the northeastern region of Thailand, entitled "The Buddhistic Underpinnings of Neo-Localism in North East Thailand". In addition to this, he has a strong interest in developing innovative methods of teaching Thai as a foreign language."

Lydia Seibel
PhD-candidate at Muenster University, Germany. My research focusses on Thai political history, especially political parties.

Manfred Sellner
1972: B.A. (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), University of Northern Iowa,
1973: M.A (English Linguistics), University of Northern Iowa
1979: Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, thesis on "text-linguistics"
Since 1979: Department of Linguistics, University of Salzburg, Austria.
Interests: Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Empirical / Quantitative Methods (Applied Linguistics); Acoustic Phonetics; Language Typology, Field / Ethnolinguistics (General Linguistics)
Language Interests: "Asian languages" (Japanese, Chinese, Mon-Khmer)
Fieldwork on Maniq and Lua? (Endangered Mon-Khmer Languages) in Thailand (=Current projects).

Bounteum Sibounheuang
Professor of Lao literature and religion at the National Sangha College based at Wat Ong Teu. He is an expert in traditional chanting of the Vessantara Jataka in Pali and Lao and trains a new generation of young Lao novices and monks in chanting and ritual performance of religious narratives.

Sarinda Singh
A postdoctoral fellow in anthropology at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on interpretations of environmental change, conservation, development and authority in Laos.  

Ven. Onekeo Sittivong
Senior monk and abbot of Wat Pakkhan and Wat Xiangthong in Laung Pabang, Ven Onekeo is also actively involved in manuscript preservation in Northern Laos .

Frank Smith
Frank Smith coordinates Khmer instruction and is the Heritage Language Facilitator at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From fall through spring he lives in Bangkok, Thailand, where he writes multimedia teaching materials. His most recent publications (tentatively to be distributed by University of Hawaii NFLRC, beginning late 2006) are "Muk Khmae: an Introductory Khmer Language Textbook," "Kamlang Phiasaa: A Khmer Heritage Language Textbook for University Level," (both 2006) "Beginning Lao Study Guide" and "Than Samay: A Lao Heritage Language Textbook for University Level" (both 2005).

Guido Sprenger
A social anthropologist who is doing research on the Rmeet (Lamet) in
Laos since 2000 and has published a book and several articles on the
subject. His current position is Junior professor at the Institute of
Ethnology, University of Muenster, Germany. His interests include
exchange, ritual, ethnicity, myth, kinship and social organization.

Miriam T. Stark
Professor, Anthropology, University of Hawai'i-Manoa, has worked in Southeast Asia since 1987 and currently co-directs the Lower Mekong Archaeological Project (LOMAP) in the Mekong delta.  In collaboration with Cambodia's Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, LOMAP links research with training on the origins of pre-Angkorian civilization in southern Cambodia.  Stark's primary specialties include political economy, state formation in Southeast Asia, and ceramic ethnoarchaeology; she has also published several edited volumes on these topics.
personal website: < http://www.anthropology.hawaii.edu/faculty/stark/ >
Lower Mekong Archaeological Project website: < http://www.anthropology.hawaii.edu/resources/projects/cambodia/cambodia.htm >

Martin Stuart-Fox
Professor of History at the University of Queensland . Started in Lao Studies as an agricultural advisor for USAID in Laos , then joined United Press International, for whom he covered the Second Indochina War from Laos and Vietnam for three years. He will retire from the University of Queensland this year. Author of several well-known books on Lao history. His most recent book was A Short History of China and Southeast Asia : Tribute, Trade and Influence (Allen & Unwin, 2003), an article on Chinese-Lao relations will appear in April's Journal of Contemporary Southeast Asia . He has also been examining the relationship between political culture, institutional reform and economic development as part of a small consultancy for the World Bank. He shall present a paper on this at the Asian Studies Association of Australia conference in Canberra in June, and hopefully publish it somewhere later.

Donald K. Swearer
Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies and Director, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School. Buddhism in Southeast Asia with a focus on Thailand. Recent publications: Becoming the Buddha: The Ritual of Image Consecration in Thailand (2004), Sacred Mountains of Northern Thailand and Their Legends with Sommai Premchit and Phaitundokbuakaew (2004), The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia, rev.ed. (2006).

Michelle Tan
Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.  Her Ph.D. from the University of Leeds, School of Politics and International Studies, concerned the politics of the decentralisation of basic education in Thailand.  She has taught at Thammasat University and has a master‘s
degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and bachelor‘s degree in
government and philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Nicholas Tapp

Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University. Previously he taught at Edinburgh U and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a specialist on the Hmong and his interests cover development, geomancy, messsianism, ritual and history. His books include Sovereignty and Rebellion: the White Hmong of Northern Thailand (OUP 1989) and The Hmong of China : Context, Agency and the Imaginary (Brill, 2001). His main field areas are Thailand and subsequently China. Recently he has been researching the Hmong diaspora.

Oliver Tappe
Ph.D. candidate at the University of Muenster (Germany), Department of Social Anthropology. In 2004, he did anthropological and historical field research in Vientiane/Laos and currently writes his dissertation about Lao national historiography and iconography, focussing on different ideological strategies of reconstructing and representing the "Lao nation“.

Taught for 26 years in the Asian History Department at the ANU, Canberra, when he went in 1991 to Germany. Between 1992 and 2006 he occupied the chair of Thai at Hamburg University.  He is now retired, living in Göttingen. His list of publications contains more than a hundred entries.

Jonathan Thames
Undergraduate student at the University of Washington majoring in Southeast Asian studies, with a special interest in the region of Thailand-Laos-Cambodia. My future plans for work and study in the area focus on poverty, hunger, politics [especially political relations with the United States], and public-health. jonctham@u.washington.edu

Charuwan Thammawat
Working at Mahasarakham University and researching Lao literature in Northeast Thailand.

Thongrith Phoumirath
Native of Savannakhet, Laos, who settles with his family in Canberra, Australia, since 1975. He currently works in the Australian public service. Thongrith gained a PhD from the Australian National University in 2004.  His thesis examines the link between social memory and the maintenance of ethnic identity in Lao diasporas in Australia and the USA, by analysing the performance of the Lao traditional wedding ceremony, especially the Soukhouane ceremony. His research interest also covers the role of Buddhism in ethnic identity maintenance (especially among the Lao communities in Australia). Thongrith is currently researching and writing a Lao-Lao dictionary with a group of friends and monks in Sydney. 

Wajuppa Tossa
Professor of Thai and Lao literature at Mahasarakham University in Northeast Thailand . She is involved in preserving traditional Lao (and Isan) music and storytelling traditions in both countries. She travels to elementary and secondary schools as well as universities in Laos , Thailand and the United States to perform Lao stories and encourage performance as pedagogy.

Michael Theno
Assistant Professor teaching Public Administration/Policy and Political Science at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for 17 years. He currently is living in Thailand and his latest ongoing work is research on the Lao Hmong from the former Wat ThamKrabok displaced persons site north of Bangkok most of whom were resettled to the USA in 2004-2007.


Annabel Vallard
Obtained her M.A. in Social Anthropology from the University of Paris X – Nanterre (France) and studied Lao and Thai languages at National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO/Paris). She is currently a PhD candidate at Nanterre preparing a dissertation with the preliminary title Tracery and Metamorphosis: Textile worlds in Vientiane (Lao PDR). The thesis aims to explore the different stages of production, distribution and consumption of textiles in the Vientiane area and focuses on two trajectories. The first one follows the circulation of textiles from ‘weaving villages' to the largest market of Laos located in Vientiane, while the second one (only evolving in recent years) explores the transposition of textiles from private workshops of the capital to international markets and museums. Her previous research focussed on the redefinition of traditional therapeutic massage practice in Thailand and associated concepts of the body.

Tzianeng Vang
Degrees from Concordia University-Saint Paul and Xiangtan University, Xiangtan City, Hunan Province, People's Republic of China. Presently, working at the Center for Hmong Studies Hmong Archives.

Benny Widyono

Indonesian national. Professor of Economics, University of Connecticut at Stamford, Ct. After obtaining my Ph. D.in Economics from the University of Texas in 1963, I spent almost my entire career, from 1963 to 1997 working for the United Nations, mostly in the area of economic development, in Bangkok (14 years) Chile(2 years) New York (13) and in the area of peacekeeping and post conflict peace building in Cambodia 1994-97, The highlight of my career were the five years in Cambodia and I wrote a book on that period entitled: Dancing in Shadows: Sihanouk,the Khmer Rouge and the United Nations : Rowman Littlefield: Lanham and New York, 2008. Although a lecturer on economics most of my current interest is in the area of political science and world history. email address: bennywidyono@aol.com .. 

Leslie Woodhouse
PhD student at UC Berkeley in History, working on Thai history. Currently working on my dissertation, which focuses on a Lanna (Chiang Mai) princess, Jao Dara Rasami, who became a consort of King Chulalongkorn. Her story, centering on issues of gender politics and ethnic identity, illuminates the context of intense imperialist competition surrounding Siam's transformation from kingdom to nation-state. 

Julia Zimpel
MA student of Japanese, Thai and American Studies at the University of Hamburg. She is currently enrolled as a research student in Kyoto University, writ ing her thesis on the foreign trade between Siam and Japan in the 17th century. Her main research interests are the bilateral relationship between Thailand and Japan, Thailand's Southern conflict and democratization in Southeast Asia. 

I am currently finishing up my PhD in social anthropology at the London School of Economics. My dissertation titled "Memory and (Re)making Moral Order in the Aftermath of Violence in a Highland Khmer Village in Cambodia" concerns the thematic topics of representations and types of pasts, social memory, morality, violence and healing.




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