Dr Purdey’s research interests include biography, human rights and reconciliation in Indonesia and Australia’s relationship with Indonesia.
Dr Purdey was awarded the Harold White Fellowship to spend an extended period researching in Feith’s archives held at the National Library of Australia. The biography, From Vienna to Yogyakarta: The life of Herb Feith (Sydney, UNSW Press, 2011), is also published in Indonesia as Dari Yogyakarta ke Vienna: Kehidupan Herb Feith (KPG Publishing, Jakarta, 2014). The biography was awarded the Prue Torney Fellows’ Prize by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Fellows’ Group, University of Melbourne.
She has written widely on Indonesian politics and contemporary history and about Australia’s relationship with Indonesia. She is editor of Knowing Indonesia: Intersections of Self, Discipline and Nation (Monash University Publishing, Clayton, 2012) and co-editor with Antje Missbach of Linking people: Connections and encounters between Australians and Indonesians (Regiospectra, Berlin, 2015).
She is Chair of the board that publishes the magazine Inside Indonesia and a member of the Board of the Herb Feith Foundation and its working committee.
Dari Yogyakarta ke Vienna: Kehidupan Herb Feith, KPG Publishing, Jakarta, 2014.
Kekerasan anti-Tionghoa di Indonesia, 1996-1999. Denpasar: Pustaka Larasan, 2013.
From Vienna to Yogyakarta: The life of Herb Feith, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2011.
Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia, 1996-1999. Singapore: ASAA SEA Publications Series, Singapore University Press, 2006.
Knowing Indonesia: Intersections of Self, Discipline and Nation, Monash University Publishing, Clayton Vic., 2012.
_ & Antje Missbach, Linking people: Connections and encounters between Australians and Indonesians, Regiospectra, Berlin, 2015.
Chapters in Books
‘Investing in good will: Australia’s scholarships programs for Indonesian tertiary students, 1950s-2010’, in Antje Missbach and Jemma Purdey (eds), Linking people: Connections and encounters between Australians and Indonesians, Regiospectra, Berlin, 2015, 111-132.
‘Chinese Indonesians, kongkow and Prabowo: A story of reconciliation in post-New Order Indonesia?’, Conflict, religion and culture: Domestic and international implications for Southeast Asia and Australia, edited by Joseph Camilleri and Sven Schottman. London: Routledge, 2013, 126-148.
‘Morally engaged: Herb Feith and the study of Indonesia’, in Knowing Indonesia: Intersections of self, discipline and nation, edited by Jemma Purdey, Monash University Publishing: Clayton Vic., 2012.
‘Ethnic Chinese, Violence and Legal Responses’, in Indonesia: Law and Society, 2nd Edition, edited by Timothy Lindsey. The Federation Press: Sydney, NSW, 2008.
‘The “Other” May Riots: Anti-Chinese Violence in Solo, May 1998’, in Violent Conflicts in Indonesia: Analysis, Representation and Resolution, edited by C.A. Coppel, Routledge Curzon: London, 2006.
‘Anti-Chinese Violence and Transitions in Indonesia’, in Chinese Indonesians: Remembering, Distorting, Forgetting, edited by Timothy Lindsey and Helen Pausacker. Singapore: ISEAS, 2005, 14-40.
Edited Journal Special Edition
‘Ways of knowing Indonesia: Perspectives from the Australian academy’, Special Edition, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, Vol. 43 No. 1, 2009.
‘Ways of knowing Indonesia: Perspectives from the Australian academy’, Special Edition, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, Vol. 43 No. 1, 2009: 1-6.
‘Many Voices, One Life: Dealing with memory and ‘telling’ in the biography of Herb Feith’, Journal of Historical Biography, 3 (Spring 2008): 56-86.
‘Knowing Indonesia Inside and Out: Herb Feith and the intellectual search for understanding’, Life Writing, Volume 4, no 2 (2007): 181-195.
‘Describing Kekerasan: Some observations on writing about violence in Indonesia after the New Order’, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (BKI), 160–2/3, (August), 189–225, 2004.
‘Is There A Place for Ethnic Chinese Identity in Post-Suharto Indonesia? Reopening the Asimilasi versus Integrasi Debate, Special Edition, Asian Ethnicity, Volume 4, Number 3, October 2003, 421–437.
‘A Contested Truth about the May 1998 Violence: Problematising the Place of Victims in Reformasi Indonesia’, Asian Survey, August/September 2002, 605–622.
Scholarships and connections: Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, Working paper (Alfred Deakin Research Institute) series 2, no. 46., Geelong, Vic., Deakin University, 2014, http://www.deakin.edu.au/research-services/forms/v/7935/wps-46w.pdf