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OU Virak

Prof. David Chandler is viewed as one of the foremost western scholars of Cambodia’s modern history, having published numerous books, essays and reports on the region. His seminal 1983 work, “A History of Cambodia”, is perhaps the best known and is regarded as a superior and insightful contribution to the works of Cambodian history. His additional contributions include: The Tragedy of Cambodian History (1991); Brother Number One (1992); Facing the Cambodian Past (1996); Voices from S-21: Terror and History in Pol Pot’s Secret Prison (1999). David was employed as a US Foreign Service Officer from 1958 to 1966, where he served in Phnom Penh between 1960 and 1962. Turning his attention to academia in 1972 he went to Monash University in Australia where he remained until his retirement in 1996. He held a Personal Chair in History (1993−1996), was Research Director of the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, and was elected FAHA in 1994. He currently holds the distinction of Emeritus Professor and an Associate of SOPHIS (History). He has served as a Senior Advisor at the Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap; and as a consultant to USAID, Amnesty International, and The Asia Foundation in Cambodia. A room in the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is named in David Chandler's honour, and in April 2018 he was given the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies for his extensive contributions of scholarly work on Cambodia’s history, politics and culture.


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Harvard College (AB), Yale University (AM) and the University of Michigan (PhD, 1974)

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