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Susan Needham, Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Email: sneedham@csudh.edu
(310) 243-3485

Contact Preference: Email

Areas of Expertise

Linguistic and Cultural Anthropology, Cambodian American Transnational History, Arts, Educational, Religious, and Sociopolitical Activities

Professional Background

Dr. Needham has conducted sociolinguistic and ethnographic research in the Cambodian American community of Long Beach, California since 1988 with a particular focus on language ideologies related to knowledge systems and knowledge display, as well as the development, maintenance, and reinterpretation of Cambodian arts and Brahman practices.

Dr. Needham has numerous publications on the history and ritual practices of the Long Beach community. Her most recent publication explores the transnational politico-economic activities between Long Beach and Cambodia. Dr. Needham is co-founder and director of the Cambodian Community History and Archive Project (CamCHAP) located at the Historical Society of Long Beach and founder of the Cambodian Culture Festival held annually in conjunction with the Long Beach Cambodian New Year Parade.


Ph.D., Linguistic Anthropology, UCLA

B.A., Anthropology, CSU Long Beach

Related News Stories

Susan Needham Named Finalist for Civically Engaged Faculty Award, CSUDH Campus News Center, 2016

Professor Needham Shines Light on Cambodian Shadow Puppetry, CSUDH Campus News Center, 2014

Partnership with CSU Long Beach Continues With Cambodian History Project, CSUDH Campus News Center, 2010