Rubber plantation

Rubber plantation in Lembah Duri, North Bengkulu, Bengkulu (personal collection)

Agrarian Politics in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: Local Politics, Dispossession, and Countermovement (Book project)

I am writing a book on how organized peasant groups – consisted of smallholders and middle peasants – respond to agrarian transformation in contemporary Indonesia using both national and local case studies.

This project was financially supported by NIU Political Science Department’s Russell Smith Scholarship, Transparency for Development Predoctoral Fellowship from Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School and Results from Development Institute, the University of Sydney’s Southeast Asia Centre Visiting PhD Fund, and ENITAS Scholarship from the Institute of Thai Studies at Chulalongkorn University. This research also benefitted from the institutional support of LP3ES’s Visiting Research Fellowship and financial support from the Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship at NIU.

A book chapter deriving from this research, “Movements for Land Rights in Democratic Indonesia,” in Activists in Transition: Contentious Politics in the New Indonesia (edited by Thushara Dibley and Michele Ford) is forthcoming this year at Cornell University Press.

Published Works
My works on social movements, political Islam, people’s history, Indonesian politics, and theoretical reflection on Southeast Asian Studies have been published in venues such as Indonesia, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Asian Labour Review, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, and Jurnal Kajian Wilayah. For a complete list of my work please click over to my page.

Working Papers and Ongoing Projects
“Local Elite Turnover in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia” (with Michael Buehler)
“Community Intervention in Healthcare in Indonesia and Tanzania” (with the T4D team)
Low-quality Local Democracy in Indonesia and Mexico”
“Village Intermediaries in Public Service Provision in Serang District”
“Rokib: A Portrait of a Rural Modernizer” (A life history project)


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