My interest in Indonesian politics and Islam was awakened as an undergraduate at Monash University and they have remained the focus of my academic and professional activity since then. My PhD thesis was a study of the traditionalist Muslim party, Nahdlatul Ulama. More recently, I have examined terrorism, transnational Islamist movements and religious commodification in Indonesia, as well as broader trends in contemporary Islamic politics in Southeast Asia.
Indonesian politics, modern Islamic political history, democratisation and Islamism, and jihadist ideology and strategy.
Key publications •The Legacy of Soeharto’s New Order: Essays in Honour of Harold Crouch (co-edited with Edward Aspinall), ANU E-Press, Canberra, 2010.
•Zealous Democrats: Islamism in Egypt, Indonesia and Turkey, Lowy Institute Paper no 25, Sydney, 2008, 147 pages (co-authored with Anthony Bubalo and Whit Mason).
•Expressing Islam: Islamic Life and Politics in Indonesia, ISEAS, Singapore, 2008, 300 pages (co-edited with Sally White).
•Voices of Islam in Southeast Asia: A Contemporary Sourcebook, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2006, 540 pages (co-edited with Virginia Hooker).
•Joining the Caravan? The Middle East, Islamism and Indonesia, Lowy Institute Paper no. 5, Lowy Institute for International Policy (Longueville Press), Sydney, 2005, 128 pages (co-authored with Anthony Bubalo).
•Local Jihad: Radical Islam and terrorism in Indonesia, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra, September 2005, 88 pages (co-authored with Aldo Borgu).
•Ijtihad Politik Ulama: Sejarah Nahdlatul Ulama, 1952-1967, LKiS, Yogyakarta, 2003, 437 pages. •Local Power and Politics in Indonesia: Decentralisation & Democratisation, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2003, 303 pages (co-edited with Edward Aspinall).
•Nahdlatul Ulama, Traditional Islam and Modernity in Indonesia, Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Clayton, 1996 (co-edited with Greg Barton). •View more publications [PDF 231kB]
Visiting Professor in Indonesian Politics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC; Lecturer in Southeast Asian History, Monash University; Indonesia analyst with the Australian Government; consultant on Indonesian civil society, election and Islamic education programs, College of Asia and the Pacific’s Award for Excellence in Supervision; ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching.