I am a doctoral candidate in Southeast Asian history in the Department of History at Cornell University. My dissertation is tentatively entitled, Militarized Ecologies: Science, Violence, and the Creation of Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem (Indonesia), 1890-1945.
This project, as it currently stands, draws on historical research carried out from 2013 to 2016 in France, Germany, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. I conducted research in government and university libraries, the collections of environmental organizations, zoological institutions, natural history museums, government offices, and twenty-one archives in total. In Indonesia, I also conducted nine months of ethnographic research in North Sumatra and Aceh on short trips in 2009, 2013, and 2015. My research in Indonesia received support from the Fulbright Scholar Program (Institute of International Education), the American Historical Association, the United States-Indonesia Society, and the American Institute for Indonesian Studies, along with internal funding from Cornell University. My research in Europe was funded with an International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) awarded by the Social Science Research Council with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. I have one journal article resulting from this research that will be published in the January 2018 issue of TRaNS: Trans –Regional and –National Studies of Southeast Asia, a Cambridge University Press journal. (Access Article Here)