Bio & CV



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Iqra Anugrah is a Research Associate at LP3ES in Jakarta and an Indonesia-based Correspondent Fellow for the Australian National University’s New Mandala, an online academic platform for Southeast Asian Studies. He recently finished a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea. 

He earned his PhD in Political Science and Southeast Asian Studies from Northern Illinois University. Previously he did research fellowships with the Institute for Economic and Social Research, Education, and Information (LP3ES) in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Transparency for Development (T4D) Project in Indonesia of Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School and Results for Development Institute, and the University of Sydney’s Southeast Asia Centre.

His dissertation-based book project, “Agrarian Politics in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: Local Politics, Dispossession, and Countermovement,” analyzes agrarian politics in contemporary Indonesia in the changing context of development and state-society relations.

His major research and teaching interests are democracy, development, statecraft, social movements, everyday politics, ethnographic and historical methods, philosophy of science, contemporary political theory, Islam, and Southeast Asia. For a complete curriculum vitae please click over to his page.

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, and Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) Travel Grant, among others.

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 out in odd places at odd hours with his local interlocutors, or working on his book project, he enjoys long-distance running, amateur cooking, and more recently, playing with random cats and perfecting his cold brew recipes. In another universe, he is a karaoke rock star and a contributing editor for IndoProgress.

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