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We offer training in 14 languages, and undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the histories, religions, cultures and textual traditions of a third of the world’s population. Our faculty specializes in all periods from the classical to the modern, in the fields of literature, history, and religious studies, and conducts research in India, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

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Recent News

Professor Penny Edwards Discusses Prince Myingun in Exile


Daniel Owen, a first-year Ph.D. candidate in South & Southeast Asian Studies, won second place in the recent Indonesian language competition hosted by the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C. He was runner-up in the category in which participants had to write and recite an original…

UC Berkeley Punjabi Language Lecturer Pool

The Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley is recruiting a pool of qualified temporary lecturers to teach elementary, intermediate, or advanced courses in Punjabi. Positions may be available as early as Fall 2021, but applications will be accepted…

Spring 2021 Upper Division Courses

A short video promoting Spring 2021 Upper Division courses in SSEAS Video

Completed PhDs

Kat Gutierrez
The Region of Imperial Strategy: Regino Garcia, Sebastián Vidal, Mary Clemens and the Consolidation International Botany in the Philippines, 1858-1936

Yusmarni Djalius
Minangkabau Intellectuals and Radical Nationalism in British Malaya

Rebecca Whitington
Tug-of-ear: The Play of Dialect in Modern Bengali and Tamil Literature

Hannah Lord Archambault
Geographies of Influence: Two Afghan Military Households in 17th and 18th Century South India

Thibodi Buakamsri
Uncommon tales of common folks: Life–stories of ordinary people across the nineteenth–century Cambodia
Instructor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Joseph Scalice
Crisis of Revolutionary Leadership: Martial Law and the Communist Parties of the Philippines, 1957-1974

Kankan Xie
Estranged Comrades: Global Networks of Indonesian Communism, 1926-1932

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