Rubber plantation

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

Peasants and Activists in Contemporary Indonesia: Between Countermovement and Market Accommodation (Book manuscript invited for revision and resubmission to the University of Wisconsin Press)

My first book analyzes factors accounting for the divergent strategies pursued by organized peasants and agrarian activists in response to agrarian change in contemporary Indonesia based on three years of original fieldwork.

The major phase of this project (mid-2015 to mid-2019) 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 ENITAS Scholarship from the Institute of Thai Studies at Chulalongkorn University, the Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship at NIU, Asia Culture Center’s Research Fellowship, and New Mandala Indonesia Correspondent Fellowship. This research also benefited from the institutional support of LP3ES’s Visiting Research Fellowship.

Currently, this project receives financial support from JSPS’s Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi) Project No. 19F19016.

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

Published Works
My works on social movements, Indonesian politics, and reflections on theories and methods have been published in venues such as PS: Political Science and Politics, Cornell University Press, Indonesia, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Asian Labour Review, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, and Perspectives on Global Development and TechnologyFor a complete list of my work please click over to my page.

Working Papers and Ongoing Projects
“The Limitations to Subnational Authoritarianism: Economic Autonomy and Institutional Constraints in Indonesia’s Subnational Government Head Elections.” Regional and Federal Studies. Forthcoming (with Michael Buehler and Ronnie Nataatmadja).

“Agrarian Political Economy and Illiberal Turn in Indonesian Democracy.” (submitted to a political science journal).

“Oppenheimer’s Dylogy as Provocation.” (invited book chapter for The Act of Killing and the Look of Silence: Reading Joshua Oppenheimer’s Diptych (Bloomsbury), edited by Rex Butler and David Denny).

“This Has Happened Before: History, Memory, and Ethnography in an Experimental Participatory Development Program.” (with Megan Cogburn, Jessica Creighton, Archon Fung, Stephen Kosack, Mohamed Yunus Rafiq, Courtney Tolmie, and Kankan Xie, supported by the T4D initiative).

“Coffee Cooperatives, Resource Decommodification, and Climate Change in Indonesia: Evidence from Two Rural Communities.” (with Fitrio Ashardiono).

“Longing for a Festive Order: Political Theory of Conservatism in Indonesia, 1945-2019.”

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