Dr. Leakhena Nou, Professor

Email: leakhena.nou@csulb.edu
: PSY-143
Phone: (562) 985-7439

Main Teaching and Research Areas:

  • Child Abuse & Prevention
  • Global Health
  • Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of Human Rights & Social Justice
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Southeast Asian Health
  • Sociology of Women


  • BA, Sociology, CSU Fullerton (1991)
  • MSW, Columbia University, New York, NY (1993)
  • MA, Sociology, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Honolulu (1997)
  • PhD, Sociology, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Honolulu (2002)

Selected Lectures and Presentations:

  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Keynote speaker, “Exploring Restorative Justice in Post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia.” The Royal University of Phnom Penh, May 29, 2018.
  • Mexico City, Mexico. “Elusive Retributive Justice in Post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia: Challenges of Using ECCC Victim Information Forms as a Victim Participatory Rights Mechanism.” IRCT 10th International Scientific Symposium, December 3-5, 2016.
  • Paris, France. “Imagining Peace in the Shadow of Genocide: Transnational Healing, Reparative Justice, and the Cambodian Diaspora.” The Centre d’Étude sur l’Actuel et le Quotidien, Laboratoire d’Ethique, de l’Université a Paris Descartes V, June 3, 2016.
  • Fullerton, California. Panelist, “Cambodian Diaspora Victims’ Participation at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.” The Southeast Asian Legacies Symposium, CSU Fullerton, March 6, 2015.
  • Portland, Oregon. “Beyond Silent Suffering and Trauma Half a World Away: Participation of Cambodian Diaspora Genocide Survivors in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.” The 85th Annual Pacific Sociological Conference, March 27-30, 2014.
  • Phnom Penh and Seam Reap, Cambodia (2013), and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2014). “Social Stress, Structural Symbolic Interactionism, and Healing in Post-Conflict Cambodia: Can We Achieve Restorative Justice?” Presented at (1) the Center for Khmer Studies and Norton University, Joint Public Lecture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 2013; (2) by special invitation in Seam Reap, Cambodia, June 2013; and (3) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Annual Conference of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, October 9-11, 2014.

Representative Publications:

  • Nou, L. (2017).  “Cambodia.” In Susan M. Shaw, Nancy Barbour, Patti Duncan, Kryn Freehling-Burton, and Jane Nichols (Eds.), Women’s Lives Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia (a four-volume reference collection). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, 2017. Print and digital formats.
  • Nou, L. (2015). Elusive retributive justice in post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia: Challenges of using ECCC Victim Information Forms to analyze survivors’ experiences. TORTURE Journal. 25(2), 61-84.
  • Nou, L., Rashid, J., Muhammad, H., Estuar, R. E., Jones, J., Reif, M., McCarthy, S., Jafaar, J., Shah, D., and Puri, E. (2013). Perspectives on apology and forgiveness in South and Southeast Asia. In K. Malley-Morrison, A. Mercurio, and G. Twose (Eds.), International handbook of peace and reconciliation (pp. 395-409). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Nou, L. (2013). Beyond silent suffering and trauma half a world away: Participation of Cambodian diaspora genocide survivors in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Journal of Asia Pacific World, 4(1), 56–79.
  • Nou, L. (2013). Living in his father’s shadow: Exploring healing justice and reconciliation in Cambodia with Duch’s son. Asian Journal of Social Science, 41, 25–62.
  • Nou, L. (2013). Investigating stress symptomatology among Cambodian university students. International Review of Modern Sociology, 39(1), 133-154.

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