Bio & CV



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Iqra Anugrah is a Research Fellow at the Asia Culture Research Institute at the Asia Culture Center. He recently earned his PhD in Political Science and Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University.

Previously he was a Visiting Research Fellow at The Institute for Economic and Social Research, Education, and Information (LP3ES) in Jakarta, Indonesia (Summer 2015-Summer 2017). He also finished his predoctoral fellowship with The Transparency for Development (T4D) Project in Indonesia of Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School and Results for Development Institute (August 2015-February 2016) and visiting fellowship with The University of Sydney’s Southeast Asia Centre (throughout March 2016).

His dissertation research, “Elite-Peasant Relations in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: Decentralization, Dispossession, and Countermovement” analyzes agrarian politics in the changing context of development and state-society relations in democratic Indonesia.

His major research and teaching interests are democracy, development, statecraft, social movements, everyday politics, ethnographic and historical methods, philosophy of science, critical 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 rural Japan, rural America, 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 running, cooking, and more recently, playing with 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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