SEAREG Fellows are advanced PhD students or newly minted PhDs in the social sciences who display unusual promise as scholars of Southeast Asia. They are selected semi-annually via a competitive process.

The process begins by soliciting nominations for fellows (by faculty, students or self-nominations). All nominees submit their strongest unpublished paper, which is anonymized and read blindly by a committee of three faculty members. Each committee member independently ranks the papers, after which the committee meets to adjudicate their rankings and select the strongest papers.

Former Fellows now hold academic and professional positions around the world.

2023 Winter Fellows


Songkhun Nillasithanukroh
Postdoctoral researcher, Open Governance Lab, University of Arkansas

"Turning Private Sector Resources into Political Power: Investigating the Utilization of Firm Resources for Electoral Purposes by Businessperson Politicians in Thailand"


Zhihang Ruan
Assistant Professor, Hunter College, City University of New York

"Land Regimes and the Welfare of Migrant Workers in China and Vietnam"


Megan Ryan
PhD Candidate, University of Michigan

"Privileged Nation: Buddhist nationalism, regime change, and anti-minority mobilization in Myanmar"


Mai Truong
Assistant Professor, Marquette University

"Who Wants to Work with Pro-democracy Advocates? The Effect of Movements’ Blame Attribution and Social Mass Base on Movement Coalition Formation in Authoritarian Regimes"


Nguyen Dinh Tuan Vuong
PhD candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"The Persistent Health Effects of Defoliating Vietnam"

2023 Summer Fellows


Isabel Chew
PhD candidate, University of British Columbia

SEAREG paper: “How Subnational Boundaries Moderate Ethnicity’s Effect On Voting Behavior: Evidence From Myanmar”


Keith Chew
PhD candidate, University of Texas at Austin

SEAREG paper: “Effects of Gender and Ethnicity on Corruption Perceptions: Evidence from Malaysia”


Napon Jatusripitak
Visiting Fellow, ISEAS and Chulalongkorn University

SEAREG paper: “The Palang Pracharath Party: A Case of Patronage-Oriented Authoritarian Party-Building”


Wai Meng Jeremy Siow
PhD candidate, Washington University in St. Louis

SEAREG paper: “Bilingual Education Reduces Ethnic Outgroup Discrimination Through Perspective-Taking”


Norashiqin Toh
PhD candidate, Columbia University

SEAREG paper: “To Act or Not To Act: ASEAN (Non-)Intervention in Domestic Crises”