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 and their activist allies respond to agrarian change in contemporary Indonesia and their different strategies using both national and local case studies from six districts – Bengkulu Utara, Serang, Ciamis, Banyumas, Bulukumba, and Bantaeng.

The first phase of this project (mid-2015 to mid-2017) was financially supported by NIU Political Science Department’s Russell Smith Scholarship, Transparency for Development (T4D) 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.

Making Sense of Participatory Development (Book project with Stephen Kosack, Megan Cogburn, Xie Kankan, and M. Yunus Rafiq, in submission)

This book project analyzes how ordinary community members experience and understand developmental efforts to promote greater transparency and better governance in maternal and neonatal healthcare based on ethnographic case studies of eight villages in Indonesia and Tanzania.

This project was also supported by the T4D initiative.

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)
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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