As Senior Research Fellow (History) in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies my research and publications centre on issues of colonial modernity 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, Modern History and Australian Studies, as well as teaching in heritage studies 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 thesis: The colonisation and schooling of the To Pamona of Central Sulawesi, 1895 – 1925) and a Masters 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.
Freek Colombijn & Joost Coté (eds), Cars, Conduits and Kampongs:The modernization of the Indonesian city, 1920 – 1960 (Brill, 2015, HB: ISBN 9789004280694). Also available as open access online: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004280724.
- ‘The modernization of the Indonesian city: 1920- 1960′ (with F. Colombijn), in F. Colombijn and J. Coté (eds) , Cars,Conduits and Kampongs: The modernization of the Indonesian city, 1920 – 1960, Brill, 2005, 1 – 26. ‘The Pacific War experience of Dutch Eurasian civilians in Java, 1942–48’ (with N. Akagawa), in C. Twomey and E. Koh, ... Read more
- Cars, conduits and kampongs; Modernization of the Indonesian city, 1920-1960 (Eds with F. Colombijn ) (Brill, 2015) Kartini: The Complete Writings, 1898 – 1904, Monash University Publishing, 2014. 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