David J McCaskey (dmcca005@ucr.edu) is a PhD student in the History Department at UCR. He is researching the history of fisheries, fishery science, and government in Vietnam.  His project examines the ways in which people, government, industry, and science have formed and un-formed social networks around fishing and aquaculture in postcolonial Vietnam.  David completed his BA in History at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2013 and his MA at SUNY UB in 2017.  His broader academic interests include Southeast Asia, environmental history, postcolonialism, animal history, and science and technology studies, and his broader nonacademic interests include aquariums, fishing, hiking, and film.

Anh Ly 2015Anh Ly (aly012@ucr.edu) is an international graduate student from Calgary, Alberta (Canada). She is currently a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at UCR. Her research examines the politics and governance of tuberculosis control strategies in Vietnam with the aim of elucidating how infectious disease infrastructures are important sites of postcolonial governance and civic engagement. Anh completed her M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Calgary, and her thesis examined the transnational practices of second-generation Vietnamese-Canadians, particularly their experiences of travel and “return” to Vietnam on homeland trips. Her broader research interests include medical anthropology, critical global health, colonial medicine, health in transitioning states, and Southeast Asia.

Celia Tuchman-Rosta (ctuch001@ucr.edu) is Ph.D. Candidate in the department of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation project, “Survival of an Art: The Revitalization on Classical Dance in Cambodia” investigates the impacts of tourism and globalization on the creative and economic development of Classical Cambodian Dance. It also explores the importance of the art form for identity re-construction and cultural reconciliation after the civil war. She has just returned from conducting 18 months of ethnographic research in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap with support from the Center for Khmer Studies and Fulbright IIE and is currently in the process of writing her dissertation.

Phuoc Duong (phuoc.duong@email.ucr.edu) is a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology. He’s currently conducting fieldwork in central Viet Nam. His dissertation project asks:  what can state-sponsored education in Viet Nam reveal about the governance and social mobility of the working-class in a market socialist context? It tracks the journey of completing secondary school to college entrance to investigate how youth are disciplined into socialist citizens and the strategies that working-class families employ to succeed in the educational process. This research is framed against the context of a single-party state holding on to the socialist legacy while utilizing a market economy to improve the living conditions of its people. Utilizing data from twenty-one months of fieldwork at a secondary school, Youth Union along with conversations with teachers, students and parents, Phuoc reveals that education in a socialist context, albeit proposed to be egalitarian, is a complex project of governance that disciplines different populations of youth unevenly through processes of examinations. Phuoc aims to complete his dissertation by summer 2014.

Andrea Decker (adeck003@ucr.edu) is currently a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at UCR. Her research examines how social norms surrounding women’s bodies in public space in Java, Indonesia, influence how women participate in music and, by extension, how popular musics gain or lose cultural capital based on gendered associations. Andrea completed her M.A. in Ethnomusicology at the UCR, and her thesis examined how women singers of dangdut, an Indonesian popular music, use social media and technology to fulfill expectations of both sexual availability and Islamic piety. Her broader research interests include Indonesia, vocality, gender studies, folklore, Mormon studies, and performance studies. When not studying or teaching, Andrea plays tabla and piano, sings in UCR Chamber Singers, performs with the UCR gamelan, tries to stay active as an actor, and watches horror movies.

Shelley Guyton (shelley.guyton@email.ucr.edu) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Anthropology Department at UCR. Her dissertation project investigates the role of humanitarian media technologies in disaster relief in the Philippines following super-Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. In particular, she is interested in how resettled women use humanitarian solar radios in social practices of recovery and survival. Her broader interests include: media, media technologies, disaster, humanitarianism, and Southeast Asia.