M.A., Ph.D. Cornell University (History) 2000
B.A. Yale University (Comparative Literature and Southeast Asian Studies) 1990
Jeffrey Hadler teaches about the history and culture of Southeast Asia with a focus on Indonesia. His book, Muslims and Matriarchs: Cultural Resilience in Indonesia through Jihad and Colonialism (Cornell University Press 2008), is an ethnographic history of a Sumatran community in the 19th and early 20th centuries that examines the resilience of matrifocal custom and matrilineal inheritance in the face of attacks from neo-Wahhabi jihad, Dutch colonialism, and “modernity.” It won the 2011 Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. An expanded Indonesian translation, Sengketa Tiada Putus, was published by the Freedom Institute in 2010. Articles include “A Historiography of Violence and the Secular State in Indonesia: Tuanku Imam Bondjol and the Uses of History” (Journal of Asian Studies, 67.3, August 2008); “Translations of Antisemitism: Jews, the Chinese, and Violence in Colonial and Postcolonial Indonesia” (Indonesia and the Malay World 32.94, November 2004); and editorship of the book Indonesia in the Soeharto Years (Lontar 2005; 2nd ed. KITLV and NUS Presses 2007). He has published on ideas of fatherhood and succession in Indonesia, and representations of African-American voice in America. Current research projects include a further analysis of the definition of Minangkabau culture in modern Indonesia, and a reading of the “Night Letters” of the philosopher and abstract painter Nashar in the context of early New Order political culture.