Bio & CV


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Iqra Anugrah is an Affiliated Researcher at Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University. Previously he served as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow at CSEAS. He is also a Research Associate at the Institute for Economic and Social Research, Education, and Information (LP3ES) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Currently he is conducting a Writing Fellowship at Center of Muslim Politics and World Society Studies (COMPOSE) at Indonesian International Islamic University (UIII) between October 2022-January 2023.

Starting April 2023, he will take up a new position as a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at Leiden University.

He has held research fellowships with the Transparency for Development (T4D) Project in Indonesia of Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School and Results for Development Institute, University of Sydney’s Southeast Asia Centre, Asia Culture Center, Australian National University’s New Mandala, and Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV).

His first book project, tentatively titled “Peasants and Activists in Contemporary Indonesia: Between Countermovement and Market Accommodation” analyzes agrarian politics in contemporary Indonesia in the changing context of development and state-society relations.

His major research and teaching interests are democracy, statecraft, development, social movements, research methods, modern and contemporary political theory, and Southeast Asia. For a complete curriculum vitae please click over to his page.

He obtained his PhD in Political Science and Southeast Asian Studies from Northern Illinois University. He also holds degrees from Ohio University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. For his research and professional pursuits, he has received funding from various institutions such as Japan’s Ministry of Education Scholarship, American-Indonesian Cultural and Educational Foundation (AICEF) Grant, Japan Foundation Asia Center Travel Grant, Chulalongkorn University’s ENITAS Scholarship, Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) Travel Grant, and JSPS’s Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi), among others. More recently, he is appointed as a member of the scientific committee of ALTERSEA, a research group on social movements in Southeast Asia based at Centre Asie du Sud-Est.

Born and raised in Jakarta, he spent his formative years in Southwestern Japan, American Midwest, and Rural Indonesia. When he is not busy taking field notes, hanging with his local interlocutors, reading dusty archives or working on his book project, he enjoys running, cooking, hiking, and more recently, playing with random cats and perfecting his coffee recipes. In another universe, he is a professional raconteur and a contributing editor for IndoProgress.

He divides his time between Indonesia and abroad and currently lives in Amsterdam with his wife, a fellow scholar-activist, Rachma Lutfiny Putri.

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