Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Sydney

I have been carrying out research on Indonesia for over thirty years, and in that period have observed the shifts in relations between Australia and Indonesia. My disciplinary background is mainly in history, art history, anthropology and cultural studies. As well as the Indonesian language, my research has involved drawing on sources in Balinese, Kawi (Old and Middle Javanese), and Dutch.

I am currently Program Director of Asian Studies, Director of the Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archaeology and a member of the executive of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC). I have worked at the University of Wollongong and the University of New South Wales, and held visiting positions at the University of Indonesia, Udayana University Bali, and Leiden University.

Experience

  • 2007–present
    Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Sydney

Education

  • 1987 
    University of Sydney, PhD

Publications

  • 2013
    A History of Modern Indonesia (2nd ed), Cambridge University Press
  • 2012
    Balinese Art: Paintings and Drawings of Bali 1800-2010, Tuttle, Singapore
  • 2012
    Bali: A Paradise Created (new edition), Penguin

Grants and Contracts

  • 2009
    Understanding Balinese Paintings
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ARC
  • 2007
    The Clothing Industry in the Asia Pacific
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ARC
  • 2007
    Indonesian Labour Migration to North Australia, 1880-1972
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ARC

Research Areas

  • Asian History (210302)