As a field of study, Southeast Asian history has been prominent in our department since our first courses were offered in the mid-1960s. The research interests of our faculty center on modern Southeast Asia—in particular, on Philippine social and political history (including U.S. foreign policy and covert operations), the global drug trade in Southeast Asia, Buddhist ethical ideas and religious reform movements in Southeast Asia, colonial Buddhism, and religion and visual culture.
Our faculty and students are deeply involved in UW-Madison’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, a recognized National Resource Center with Title VI and FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) funding. The Center also runs the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI), an eight-week intensive language training program.
For undergraduate courses in Southeast Asian History, see the Department of History’s Courses page. For graduate program requirements and courses, see the Department of History’s Graduate Program Handbook and Graduate Courses pages.