Who We Are

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison fosters a wide variety of research, teaching and outreach activities about Southeast Asia. Since 1981, the Center has been recognized as a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education, and has received Title VI funding for program development and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships.


We promote greater understanding of the Southeast Asian region through academic year courses, a summer language institute, study abroad opportunities, a publication series, outreach activities, a weekly public lecture series, student research and study grants, and degree programs. Our faculty and students are a vibrant community of scholars with research and teaching interests in a wide variety of academic disciplines. The Center operates a vigorous and well-developed program committed to the study of Southeast Asia that is recognized as one of the best worldwide.


The Center for Southeast Asian Studies is a unit in the International Division and a member of the Institute for Regional and International Studies.


Upcoming Events

September 30  Fitting-In or Falling Out of Place: Immigrant Hmong People’s Intra-Ethnic Political Positionality in Thailand

By David Chambers

Virtual Hmong Studies Consortium Lecture

4:30 pm CST, online

October 9 Drafting Justice: Jurisprudence and the Struggle to End Dictatorship in Thailand

By Tyrell Haberkorn

Virtual Friday Forum Lecture

12:00 pm CST, online

October 23  Trust, Theft, and Risk in Jakarta 

By Doreen Lee

Virtual Friday Forum Lecture

12:00 pm CST, online

October 28  The Hmong In the Multiethnic Landscapes of Northern Laos

By Dr. Nathan Badenoch

Virtual Hmong Studies Consortium Lecture

7:00 pm CST, online

If you would like to receive updates about our weekly events, please email us at: seasia@seasia.wisc.edu

To find out more about SEARG, visit: https://win.wisc.edu/organization/searg


For weekly updates on job announcements, calls for papers and funding opportunities, please visit our Jobs, Conferences and Scholarships page for more information.