|March 27, 2014
James T. Collins, Professor and Principle Research Fellow,Institute of Ethnic Studies, National University of Malaysia
James T. Collins is Professor and Principle Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies, National University of Malaysia. He received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago with a dissertation entitled "The Historical Relationships of the Languages of Central Maluku, Indonesia." He has taught at universities in Malaysia, Indonesia, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as the University of Hawaii where he was Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He also revamped the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University and for this service was appointed Emeritus Professor there. Having conducted extensive fieldwork in Malaysia and Indonesia, and served as co-editor of the Echols and Shadily Indonesian-English Dictionary (Third edition), he has resumed his research and publishing activities in Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition to historical linguistics, his research interests include lexicography, Malay dialectology and the social changes impacting minority languages in Southeast Asia.