As Senior Research Fellow (History) in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies my research centres on colonial cultures with specific reference to early twentieth century Indonesia. Before joining Monash in 2011, I was Senior Lecturer in History at Deakin University where I taught Indonesian and Southeast Asian history, Australian Studies, and units in the postgraduate Cultural Heritage program.
I gained my PhD from Monash University with a thesis entitled The ‘education of Java: A modern colonial discourse 1860 – 1905′. Earlier I completed a Masters in Education (by thesis: The colonisation and schooling of the To Pamona of Central Sulawesi, 1895 – 1925) and a Masters degree in Australian Studies, also from Monash. This followed a BA (History), B.Ed. and DipEd from the University of Melbourne. In 2002-3 I was Regional Director of ACICIS, the in-country Indonesian language program at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta.
- ‘The Pacific War experience of Dutch Eurasian civilians in Java, 1942–48’ (with N. Akagawa), in C. Twomey and E. Koh, (eds) The Pacific War: Aftermaths, Remembrance, Cultures, Routledge, London, 2014 (110 – 132). ‘Reading Kartini: A historical introduction’, in J Coté (ed and trans) Kartini: Then Complete Writigs 1898 – 1904, Monash Unversity Publishing, 2014 (1 ... Read more
- Kartini: The Complete writings, 1898 – 1904, Monash University Publishing, 2014. Cars, conduits and kampongs; Modernization of the Indonesian city, 1920-1960 (Eds with F. Colombijn ) (Brill, forthcoming) Realizing the dream of R.A. Kartini: her sisters’ letters from colonial Java, Ohio University Press/KITLV Press, Leiden 2008. On feminism and nationalism: Kartini’s letters to Stella Zeehandelaar 1899-1903, Monash Asia Institute, ... Read more