About me

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the École française d’Extrême-Orient (Paris), and a research affiliate at the University of Sydney. I am a historian specialising in the premodern history of Indonesia. I am especially interested in using indigenous Southeast Asian sources to rethink how history is practised. I have written widely on Southeast Asian history in leading history and area studies journals. I have written on my research for New Mandala, The Conversation, Inside Indonesia, as well as blogs of the British Library and Malay Heritage Centre. I have given public talks, seminars, and national radio interviews on my research, and I have an active outreach program on traditional and social media. My current research project, funded by the European Research Council, focusses on the development of social institutions and state formation in eighth- to tenth-century Java. 

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