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LinDa Saphan, PhD

LinDa Saphan


Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD, University of Paris X
Diploma of Advanced Studies, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris/EHESS
MA, Sorbonne-Paris V
License in Sociology, Sorbonne-Paris V

Areas of Interest

  • Popular Culture and Media
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Urban Sociology/Anthropology
  • Southeast Asia

As a visual artist, Dr. Saphan’s work has been included in several collective exhibitions in Southeast Asia, France, and the United States. She is also the associate producer of the documentary film Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia Lost Rock and Roll released in 2014. Her research endeavors include identity and culture in Southeast Asia, and ethnography. Her research focuses on the ethnicity and gender issues among Khmer-Americans. Dr. Saphan is an experienced associate professor with a 16-year history of educating future sociologists and urban anthropologists and skills in qualitative research methods, arts and film-making, and social media. She finds excitement in studying the rituals and practices of daily life and the invisible actors who surround us. She seeks strategic solutions to empower vulnerable communities by giving them a platform of true public space and a voice in the civic sphere.



  • Culture
  • Online Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • NYC Ethnic Communities
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Reel Cities – Cinematic Urban Experience
  • The Sacred in the City
  • Urban Planning Theories
  • Urban Sociology/Anthropology
  • Visual Sociology
  • Senior Seminar

Professional Affiliations
AIA- CFA Center for Architecture, New York
Alpha Kappa Delta
Urban Affairs Association

Selected Publications: Books, Book Chapters, and Articles
Saphan, LinDa and Cabrera, Kevin (2019). The Seasonal Fir Tree Take-Over of New York City. Streetnotes, 26. Retrieved from

Saphan, LinDa (2017). “Cambodian Popular Musical Influences from the 1950s to the Present Day.” Book chapter in Asian Popular Music History, edited by Hyunjoon Shin and Keewoong Lee.  Seoul, South Korea: Sungkonghoe University Press.

Saphan, LinDa (2017). “Cambodian Women in Popular Music.” In Women’s Lives around the World: A Global Encyclopedia. Edited by Susan M. Shaw.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO project.

Saphan, LinDa (2017). “Cambodia’s Collective Memory and Healing Through Public Art: “For Those Who Are No Longer Here” Documentation Center of Cambodia Print, Phnom Penh Cambodia, Catalog pp.16-21.

Saphan, LinDa (2016). “Gendered Modernity in Cambodia: The Rise of Women in the Music Industry.” Khmer Scholar Journal. Retrieved from

Saphan, LinDa, Salas Michelle and Cathleen Rozario (2016). “Bryant Park, New York: Strangers in Public Spaces” Streetnotes, 25. Retrieved from

Saphan, LinDa (2015). From Cambodia with Love. Booklet. Atlanta, GA: Dust to Digital.

Saphan, LinDa (2015). “From Modern Rock to Postmodern Hard Rock: Cambodian Alternative Music Voices.”Ethnic Studies Review 35, nos. 1 and 2 (spring 2015): 23–40.

Saphan, LinDa (2014). Contributor: “Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora,” eds Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Lan Duong, Mariam B. Lam, and Kathy L. Nguyen, University of Washington Press, Seattle.

Saphan, LinDa (2013) “Norodom Sihanouk and the Political Agenda of Cambodian Music, 1955–1970.“ International Institute for Asian Studies, Number 64.

Saphan, LinDa (2011). La vie sociale des espaces publics à Phnom Penh. Published dissertation. Sarrebuck, Germany: Editions Universitaires Européennes.

Saphan, LinDa (2016). Director: Nate from Lowell, MA. 7:07, Released July 2016. About the importance of archiving memory through the lens of a record collector who preserved Cambodian popular music history.

Saphan, LinDa (2015).  Executive producer: Three Wheels, by Kavich Neang (20 min). Executive producer. Khmer with English subtitles. 58-year-old Nath works the night streets of Phnom Penh as a Tuc Tuc mini-cab driver. Lonely and depressed, he is obsessed with a dancer whom he met before the Khmer Rouge period.

Saphan, LinDa (2014). Associate producer and researcher: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll (105 min.), documentary film by John Pirozzi on Cambodian popular music.