George Chigas, Ph.D. is Associate Teaching Professor in Asian Studies in the World Languages & Cultures department at UMass Lowell.

George Chigas, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor Emeritus

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
World Languages and Cultures Department


Cambodian Literature & Culture, Genocide & Survivor Literature

Research Interests

Cambodian Literature & Culture; Genocide & Survivor Literature


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


Associate Teaching Professor in Cambodian Language & Culture; 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, 2 245-265.
  • 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.