David Chandler

Professor Emeritus David Chandler

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 1994
  • Section(s): History, Asian Studies


David Porter Chandler is regarded as one of the foremost western scholars of Cambodia’s modern history. Chandler currently resides in Australia, where he is an Emeritus Professor at Monash University as well as an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University. David Chandler was a United States Foreign Service officer from 195866, serving in Phnom Penh from 196062, Bogota, Santiago de Cali, and Washington, D.C. He has held professorial positions at Monash University, the University of WisconsinMadison, Johns Hopkins University, and Cornell University. He has been a Senior Advisor at the Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap; a USAID consultant evaluating Cambodia’s democracy and governance programs; an Asia Foundation consultant assessing Phnom Penh election activities. He has also accompanied Amnesty International and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Cambodian research and fact-finding missions, and has been a researcher in Cambodia archives for the U.S. Department of Defense Office of POW/MIA Affairs.

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