The Regional Journal of Southeast Asian Studies is an online, internationally peer-reviewed, bi-annual journal in English that provides a platform for local scholars based in Southeast Asia to share their research internationally.
Produced within and for the region by the SEASREP Foundation, RJSEAS seeks to foster discourse and promote interest for scholarship centered on Southeast Asia. We welcome critical and scholarly work from Southeast Asian researchers in the humanities and social sciences.
Published twice a year (January and July)
Maria Serena I. Diokno, EditorMaria Serena I. Diokno is Professor of History at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Professor Diokno is a co-founder of the SEASREP Foundation. Her interests span the colonial period of Southeast Asia, about which she has published. Among her publications are "Corruption and the Moral Imperative, through the Lens of Rizal" (2011), "Expeditions of Knowledge: Supporting Southeast Asian Studies in the Region" (2010), and "Southeast Asia: Imperial Possession and Dispossession in the Long Twentieth Century" (2006).
Ma. Mercedes G. Planta, Deputy EditorMa. Mercedes G. Planta is Associate Professor of History at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her research and publications are in the fields of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) and Science, Technology and Society (STS) studies in colonial Southeast Asia, particularly Spanish and American Philippines. Her current research examines the development of modern medicine in Dutch Indonesia, British Malaya, and American Philippines. She is the author of Traditional Medicine in the Colonial Philippines, 16th to the 19th Century (University of the Philippines Press 2017).
Maitrii Aung-Thwin, MemberMaitrii Aung-Thwin is an area-studies specialist of Southeast Asia, with particular expertise in Myanmar history, politics, and society. His research engages conversations from the fields of postcolonial studies, socio-legal studies, intellectual history, public history, and transnational studies. His publications include: A History of Myanmar since Ancient Times: Traditions and Transformations (2013), The Return of the Galon King: History, Law, and Rebellion in Colonial Burma (2011), and A New History of Southeast Asia (2010). He is currently Associate Professor of Myanmar/Southeast Asian history and Convenor of the Comparative Asian Studies PhD Program at the National University of Singapore.
Joseph M. Fernando, MemberJoseph M. Fernando is Associate Professor of History at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He obtained his PhD in History from Royal Holloway College, University of London. His areas of specialization are Malaysian political and constitutional history, British imperialism in Southeast Asia, and modern history of Southeast Asia. Dr. Fernando was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University in 2004-2005. His publications include The Making of the Malayan Constitution (2002); The Alliance Road to Independence (2009); and "British and Commonwealth Legacies in the Framing of the Malayan Constitution, 1956-1957", Britain and the World, Vol. 8, No. 2, September 2015.
Rieyen D. Clemente, Editorial AssistantRieyen D. Clemente is a senior history major at the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UPD). He is currently the president of UP Lipunang Pangkasaysayan (UP LIKAS), the organization of history majors in UPD and has presented papers in undergraduate and national conferences.
Jeanne Therese L. Maling, Editorial AssistantJeanne Therese L. Maling is a third year BA History student at the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UPD). An active student, she balances her time studying with extracurricular activities as member of the UP Philippines-Japan Friendship Club (UP Tomo-Kai) and as Vice President for External Affairs of the UP Lipunang Pangkasaysayan (UP LIKAS), the organization of UP Diliman history majors. Through such engagements Jeanne is able to hone her interests and further develop her training in historical studies and research. She likes to read fiction and non-fiction in her spare time.
International Advisory Board
Professor Dato' Dr. Shaharil Talib, University of Malaya, MalaysiaProfessor Dato' Dr. Shaharil Talib is a retired Professor of History at the University of Malaya, where he served as the first Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Institute. He holds an MA in History from the University of Malaya, and a PhD in History from Monash University.
Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, Thammasat University, ThailandDr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, former Rector of Thammasat University, is secretary of the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Sciences and Humanities Textbooks Project in Thailand. He holds an MA in Diplomacy from Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, and a PhD in Southeast Asian History from Cornell University. He specializes in Thai history (Ayutthaya, Thai political history, and contemporary Thai politics) and history of Southeast Asia.
Dr. Taufik Abdullah, Gadjah Mada University, IndonesiaDr. Taufik Abdullah is a retired Professor of History at the Gadjah Mada University. He was Chair of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). He also chaired the Indonesian Historical Society and was a Director of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research. He received his Doctorandus from Gadjah Mada University, and MA and PhD degrees from Cornell University. Dr. Taufik has worked on the political history of Indonesia and Islam.
Dr. Ruth McVey, University of London, UKDr. Ruth McVey, Emeritus Reader in Southeast Asian Politics at the University of London, received her PhD in Government at Cornell University in 1961 and subsequently held research and teaching positions at Yale University, the Center for International Studies at MIT, Cornell University, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her early work concentrated on the history of the Indonesian Communist movement and the general relationship between ideology and social change in Indonesia. Later, she studied social and ideological transformation in rural southern Thailand, and the rise of the Southeast Asian business-political elite.
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