Fall 2019 - All the of the professors for this class were great lecturers and are very knowledgeable about the respective subjects that they focused on for the class, but in my opinion Robinson was the best lecturer for this class. I enjoyed his style of lecture more which consisted of a powerpoint with mostly pictures, so you are just focused on paying attention to and writing down what he says rather than trying to frantically copy the slides. This does mean you should attend his lectures, but the reading he assigns essentially give all the information he lectures on. But you should attend lecture because his lectures were incredibly moving, all the lectures have been interesting and worthwhile but his have stood out for me. It's a very fascinating class and it was not very difficult. I didn't keep up with all the readings but I still did well on the final. Also try to get Steve Cucharo as your TA. So far he's the best TA I've ever had and I think he might be the best TA I ever will have. He's very knowledgeable and helpful and you can tell he cares and really wants everyone to succeed.
Professor Robinson is an asset to UCLA. He is one of the best history professors. His lectures are well-run and very focused which make note taking very easy. Besides, he's very humorous and makes me feel relaxed and keen to learn more about SE Asia. I took history of other classes and found that SE Asian history during 15-18th century was always a bit boring and hard to master. However, Professor Robinson makes this subject easy and smooth. In terms of grading, I don't agree with the other fellow students (who claimed that Prof. Robinson was a tough grader). In fact, my midterm paper was graded B+ by a grader. After the final review by Prof. Robinson before turning them to the students, my grade was moved up to an A-, and with a encouraging and rewarding comment from him. I strongly recommend him as a history professor. You won't regret and you will definitely learn!
This is a great professor. He's super approachable and welcoming during office hours, unlike many other profs. His lectures are pretty interesting and he's actually really funny. He's very knowledgeable about Southeast Asia. Super nice guy all around. But some people have mistaken his being nice for being a pushover - if you talk during his lecture he will call you out and embarrass you (which people deserve). And (random side note), he's one of the few remaining profs who actually dress professionally!! (You will never see him in running shorts or sloppy jeans).