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Center for Khmer Studies

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) promotes research, teaching and public service in the social sciences, arts and humanities in Cambodia and the Mekong region.

What we do

  • Promote research and international scholarly exchange by programs that increase understanding of Cambodia and its region
  • Strengthen Cambodia’s cultural and educational structures and integrate Cambodian scholars in regional and international exchange
  • Partner with colleges and universities in Cambodia, the US and beyond

Our Work

CKS Library & Online Resources

Provides the largest public library outside the capital, Phnom Penh, with over 20,000 monographs, books and journals, and with publicly accessible computers.​

Conferences & Events

Present local and international, interdisciplinary workshops, conferences, and lectures in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh to establish professional partnerships between Cambodian and international scholars.

Programs & Fellowships

Support the research and education of junior and senior scholars from Cambodia and overseas.​

Publishing & Translation Program

Publishes original scholarly manuscripts and translates foundational social science and historical texts into the Khmer language.​

Latest Updates

Job Opportunities

About CKS

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), an American Overseas Research Center in Cambodia, is based in Siem Reap, with a branch office in Phnom Penh. CKS promotes research and scholarly exchange in the social sciences, arts, and…

Posted on: 10-July-2024

Job Opportunities

CKS seeks a qualified Cambodian national for the post of Librarian at its headquarters at Wat Damnak in Siem Reap.
The mission of the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is to support research and teaching in the social…

Posted on: 9-July-2024

Public TalkEvents & Conferences

Speaker: Prof. Miriam Stark

Date: July 20, 2024 

5:00 pm 

Cambodia Time 


More than 60 million people rely on the Mekong River to support farming, fishing, and other livelihoods. The Mekong is the region’s rice bowl and a biodiversity hotspot; it is also a contested space now threatened by human…

Posted on: 28-June-2024

Past Events

Speaker: Danilyn Rutherford

Date: Friday, June 21  

8:00 am 

Cambodia Time 

The Wenner-Gren Foundation is collaborating with the Center for Khmer Studies to host a webinar on funding opportunities for anthropologists and researchers in related disciplines in Cambodia. Join Danilyn Rutherford, the Foundation’s President for a discussion of the…

Posted on: 28-June-2024

Past Events

Speaker: Dr. Vicheth Sen

Date: July 12, 2024 

8:30 am 

Cambodia Time 

Read and download the slide presentation here.


Research on postcolonial studies shows that colonial conditions, even without the presence of colonial administrations to enforce them, continue to persist to the present day and remain influential in shaping…

Posted on: 26-June-2024

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