Khatharya Um

Khatharya Um

Associate Professor & Chair, Peace and Conflict Studies
568 Barrows
Office hours: TBA


Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad


  • Chancellor’s Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., Political Science, University of California, San Diego
  • B.A., Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Research interests

  • Politics of Memory
  • Transnationalism and diaspora
  • Colonial and postcolonial studies
  • Community Studies and Oral History
  • Southeast Asia and Southeast American communities
  • Youth and second generation issues
  • Human rights, human security and social justice
  • Genocide studies
  • Wars, empires and refugees
  • Education

Select Publications

  • Um, K. From the Land of Shadows: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Cambodian Diaspora: NYU Press, 2015.
  • Um, K.  “Genocide”, in Key Words in Asian American Studies, edited by Linda Trinh Vo, K. Scott Wong and Cathy Schlund-Vials (under contract with NYU Press)
  • Um, K.  “Education in Colonial and Post-Colonial Cambodia: Technology of Dominance, Technology of Liberation” submitted for Equity, Opportunity and Education in postcolonial Southeast Asia, edited by Cynthia Joseph (forthcoming Routledge, Critical Studies in Asian Education Series, 2014)
  • Um, K. “Southeast Asian American Health and Mental health”, in Handbook on Asian American Health Edited by Grace Yoo, Mai Nhung Le, Alan Oda, Springer, 2013.
  • Um, K.  “Exiled Memory: History, Identity and Remembering in the South East Asian Diaspora” in Southeast Asians in the Diaspora, edited by Mimi Nguyen, Fiona Ngo, and Miriam Lam, Positions, 2012.
  • Um, K.  Wisdom For The Ages, Native Hawaiian Education, NEA, 2011
  • Um, K. “Cambodia 2010: Trials, Tribulations and Tribunals”, in Southeast Asian Affairs, Spring 2011.
  • “Cambodia 2007: A Decade After the Coup,” Southeast Asian Affairs Spring 2008
  • “Diasporic Nationalism and Citizenship,” Refuge, 23:2, 2006
  • “Political Remittances: Diasporas In Conflict and Post-conflict Situations” in Hazel Smith and Paul Stares (eds), Diasporas in Conflict: Peace-makers or peace wreckers? Washington DC: United Nations University Press, 2006
  • “Refractions of Home: Exile, Memory and Diasporic Longing” in Leakthina Tollier and Timothy Winter Expressions of Cambodia: The Politics of Tradition, Identity and Change (Routledge, 2006)
  • “The ‘Vietnam War’: What’s In a Name.” Amerasia, 31:2, 2005, Museum of California, 2005
  • “Locating the ‘Vietnam War’: A Critical Re-Examination of US History,” online curriculum, Museum of California, 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Chancellor’s Public Scholar
  • Special Congressional Recognition- Hon. Anna Eshoo
  • Special Congressional Recognition -Hon. Barbara Lee


  • AAADS 20A: Introduction to Asian American histories and communities
  • AAADS 125: Southeast Asian American communities, issues, and politics
  • AAADS 126: Southeast Asian American Migration: US Refugee Policies and Politics of Resettlement
  • AAADS 130: US-Asia
  • AAADS 190: Southeast Asian Diaspora: History in Contexts
  • H195: Honors Seminar
  • ES 202: Critical Concepts, Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences
  • ES 250: Bodies in Motion: Issues and Approaches in Diaspora Studies