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George Chigas

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George Chigas, Ph.D.Associate Teaching Professor in Asian Studies
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    World Languages and Cultures Department
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4252
  • Office
    Mahoney Hall - Basement
  • Email

Research Interests

Cambodian Literature & Culture; Genocide & Survivor Literature.


  • Ph D: Southeast Asian Languages and Cultures, (2002), University of London SOAS - London, United Kingdom
  • MA: Asian Studies, (1997), Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
  • Other: Multicultural Education, (1989), University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA
  • BA: Classical Studies, (1980), Tufts University - Medford, MA


Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies ; Coordinator of Bachelor of Liberal Arts Program; Coordinator of the Asian Studies Minor; Director of International Partnerships for Cambodia.

Selected Publications

  • Chigas, G. (2005) Cambodia
  • Chigas, G. (2000) "A Litmus Test for Hun Sen", The Bangkok Post March 21
  • Chigas, G. (2000) "Cornering the Khmer Rouge", The Bangkok Post March 19
  • Chigas, G. (2000) "The Politics of Defining Justice After the Cambodian Genocide", Journal of Genocide Research 2: pp. 245-265
  • Chigas, G. (2000) "The Trial of the Khmer Rouge: The Role of the Tuel Sleng and Santebal Archives", Harvard Asia Quarterly 4:1
  • Chigas, G. (1999) "A review of Cambodian Shadow Theater by Pech Tum Kravel", Journal of Southeast Asian Studies Fall
  • Chigas, G. (1999) "Cambodian Survival Literature: Questions of Definition", The Bridge Review 2:
  • Chigas, G., Cook, D.S. (1999) "Putting the Khmer Rouge on Trial", The Bangkok Post October 31
  • Chigas, G. (1999) The Emergence of Twentieth Century Cambodian Literary Institutions
  • Chigas, G. (1999) Three Brothers
  • Chigas, G. (1994) Resolute Heart: Selected Writing From Lowell s Cambodian Community
  • Chigas, G. (1992) Wind and Rain; Dreaming of Sugar Cane; and Waiting for E.S.L. Class
  • Chigas, G. (1991) Cambodia's Lament
  • Chigas, G. (1988) "Chanthy's Garden", Loom Press

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Southeast Asian Digital Archive (2017), Grant - National Endowment for the Humanities
    Kim, S.J. (Principal), Uy, P.S., Chigas, G., Sampas, A.
  • UMass Lowell Southeast Asian Digital Archive (2017), Grant - Creative Economy Initiatives Fund
    Kim, S.J. (Principal), Uy, P.S. (Co-Principal), Chigas, G., Kirschbaum, S.