Bio & CV

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Iqra Anugrah is a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at Leiden University. He is also a Research Associate at the Institute for Economic and Social Research, Education, and Information (LP3ES) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Previously he worked as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow and then an Affiliated Researcher at Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at Kyoto 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, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), and Center of Muslim Politics and World Society at Indonesian International Islamic University.

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.

He is currently embarking on a new project on the political theory of conservatism in modern Indonesia (1945-2020), looking at the strange parallels and curious divergences between Western and Indonesian conservatism and identifying the unifying logic of three competing conservative camps: anti-communist intellectuals and military leaders, pro-market economists and technocrats, and Islamist activists and celebrities.

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. He enjoys running, cooking, hiking, 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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