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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.

Urban Research and Innovation

Strengthen teaching and local research capacities in Urban Research.

Fellowships Programs

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

News & Opportunities


For the first time in Siem Reap, the CKS Library and the American Corner Siem Reap are organizing a book fair that will be open to the public on June 25, 2022 at the CKS Campus at…

Posted on: 17-June-2022

Job Opportunities

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), the 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 humanities between…

Posted on: 6-June-2022

Events & Conferences

Speaker: Ms. Annalena Becker, Dr. Anke Blöbaum, Dr. Samuel Chng and Dr. Puthearath Chan

Date: June 24, 2022 

2:00 pm 

Cambodia Time 


Most of the world’s population lives in urban areas, which provide people with resources that meet their daily needs to a certain extent. At the same time, ecosystems in urban regions – and at the global level –…

Posted on: 1-June-2022

Past Events

Speaker: Film Producers

Date: May 12, 2022 

6:00 pm 

Cambodia Time 

Bophana Center and the Center for Khmer Studies invite you to our Mobile Screening under the “Elephant Conservation and Indigenous Experiences in Cambodia” project. Three documentary films will be screened followed by a discussion with film producers.

*Free admission…

Posted on: 10-May-2022

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