Professor of International Studies. George McTurnan Kahin graduated from Harvard
University in 1940 and completed graduate work at Stanford University and Johns Hopkins
University. He served in the Army during World War II, and lived in Indonesia from
1948-1949, during the peak of Indonesia's war for independence. He came to Cornell in
1951 as an assistant professor of government and executive director of the newly formed
Southeast Asia Program. He served as director of the program until 1970, and also
founded the Cornell Modern Indonesia Project in 1954, and directed it until his
retirement in 1988.