Dr Jemma Purdey

ReelOzInd! Fellow

The Australia-Indonesia Centre


Dr Jemma Purdey is Research Fellow at Monash University in the Faculty of Arts and the Australia Indonesia Centre. Her research interests include Indonesian politics and contemporary history and Australia Indonesia interactions. She completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne, which was later published as Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia, 1996-1999 (NUS Publishing, Singapore), 2006.

Jemma is also author of the biography of Australia’s founding Indonesia scholar, From Vienna to Yogyakarta: The Life of Herb Feith (UNSW Publishing, Sydney), 2011. She edited the volume Knowing Indonesia: Intersections of Self, Discipline and Nation (Monash University Publishing, Clayton, 2012) and was co-editor with Antje Missbach of Linking People: Connections and encounters between Australians and Indonesians (Regiospectra, Berlin, 2015).

Jemma has been a member of the Board that publishes the online magazine Inside Indonesia since 2007 and is its current chair. She is also a member of the board of the Herb Feith Foundation and its working committee, where she coordinates the Herb Feith Translation Series published with Monash University Publishing.