Director and co-founder of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies-Indonesia (CSEAS-I), Lecturer at School of Government and Global Affairs, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia and Country Representative for AIFIS (American Institute for Indonesian Studies)
Dr.Djakababa has taught Southeast Asian history at UW-Madison and the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI). He has done extensive research using oral and written sources at Cornell University, Indonesian National Archives (ANRI) and various private collections in Jakarta and The United States.
He has published some of his essays and book reviews in The Jakarta Post, The Van Zorge Report, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs and The Journal of Asian Studies. His research interests include modern Indonesia and Southeast Asian history, colonial period, national revolutions, military, cold war, authoritarianism and 1950's and 60's Indonesian social history.
Born in Bogor but raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, Yosef received his Bachelors degree from Washington State University in Pullman, WA U.S.A. in 1998 majoring in Asian History with minor in Business. He continued pursuing his graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A where he earned an MA in Southeast Asian Studies (2001) (passed with distinction), MA in History (2003) and Ph.D in History (Southeast Asia) in 2009, in which he wrote a dissertation titled: “The Construction of History Under Indonesia’s New Order: The Making of the Lubang Buaya Official Narrative.”