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Travis Smith

Ph.D in Religion, Columbia University (2007) M.Phil in Religion, Columbia University (2004) M.A. in Religion, Columbia University (2003) Office Hours Dwinelle 359A Wednesday 10:00 – 11:30 am and by appointment Research Interests Travis LaMar Smith is a Sanskritist with interests in religious and mythological narrative…

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Luther Obrock

Educational History: UC Berkeley PhD, 2015 UC Berkeley MA, 2008 University of Tennessee, Knoxville BA, 2005 Research Interests: Luther Obrock is a Sanskritist. He is interested in the literary and cultural history of second millennium South Asia, particularly the production of Sanskrit literature during the Sultanate period….

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Jvala Singh

Educational history: M.A. University of Toronto, 2018 J.D. Faculty of Law University of Ottawa, 2016 BA Political Science, Carleton University, 2010 Jvala Singh (Sukh Sembi) joins UC Berkeley as a lecturer for Punjabi while completing his PhD at the University of British Columbia, where he…

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Rahul Parson

Rahul Parson received an MA and PhD in the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, with a specialization in Modern Hindi literature. Before returning to the Berkeley in 2021, he served as an Assistant Professor of Hindi and Urdu at the University…

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Rebekah Linh Collins

Ph.D., University of California (Vietnamese), 2014 M.A., University of Michigan (Vietnamese), 2003 Dr. Collins has taught in SSEAS since 2016.  Her courses emphasize modern and contemporary prose fiction, essays, poetry, documentary films and other visual art from and about Southeast Asia in their social, cultural,…

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Kenneth Wong

Kenneth Wong

Research interests: I am interested in the evolution of Burmese language over time: how it absorbed English and Indian words during the colonial times; how it incorporates new political and technical terms as the country emerges from decades of dictatorship; and how it copes with…

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Hanh Tran

Educational history: M.A. South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, 2010 Research interests: Interdisciplinary approach is a key element of my pedagogy and research method. Whenever applicable, I always encourage my students to explore various resources, including literature, history, cinematography, music and arts in language…

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Frank Smith

Frank Smith

Educational history: Ph.D. place and date M.A. place and date MLS, Simmons College, 1994 Research interests: I teach Khmer language and have developed extensive Khmer language teaching materials. I have also developed teaching materials for Lao language. My interests include heritage language instruction and distance…

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Abhijeet Paul

Abhijeet Paul, Ph.D. South and Southeast Asia, UC Berkeley (2015). He teaches, researches, and publishes on the history, culture, ecology, and politics of jute in Bengal and South Asia. He is currently writing his monograph on jute and finishing a docu-feature film on jute cultures…

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