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