Graduate Students



AndersonZachary Anderson

Department of Geography

Zachary Anderson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. As a researcher with the Advancing Conservation in a Social Context (ACSC) global research initiative, and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), he has conducted research into the cultural politics of conservation and development across Southeast Asia. Zachary’s doctoral research investigates the emergence of the ‘green economy’ in Indonesia through a case study of ‘green growth’ in the province of East Kalimantan. This research examines how different actors and interests are enrolled in support of the ‘green economy,’ and the processes of translation and negotiation that take place as abstract policies become material projects in diverse landscapes.



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Ahmad Fuad Fanani is a PhD student in Political Science at the University Toronto. He is a researcher at MAARIF Institute for Culture and Humanity, lecturer at Universitas Muhammadiyah Jakarta (UMJ) and the State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta. His research interests are religion and politics, Islamic studies, and political and social change in Indonesia. His articles have been published in academic journals and the mass media such as: Journal of Indonesia Islam, Jurnal Prisma, Indonesian Journal of Islam and Muslim Societies (IJIMS), Jurnal MAARIF, Kompas, Koran SINDO, and the Jakarta Post.




Emily Hertzman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on Chinese Indonesian migration from Indonesia to other parts of Southeast and East Asia. She has been conducting multi-sited ethnographic field work in Asia for the past three years, primarily in West Kalimantan, Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia as well as in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Her work explores how concepts of home and belonging become transformed under broader shifting social conditions including processes of migration, democratization, decentralization, transnationalism, and economic restructuring.



Lukas Ley is a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology. He also pursues a collaborative degree in Environmental Studies. His ethnographic research analyzes the spatiotemporal and sociopolitical effects of tidal flooding in Semarang, Indonesia. In his dissertation, Lukas explores the links between climate change, water management and urban development in light of regular flooding of downstream neighbourhoods. Lukas Ley is further co-founder and editor-in-chief of the independent art/anthropology publication “Journal of Urban Life” (

Alexandre Pelletier

DEPARTMENT OF Political Science

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Alexandre Pelletier is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto and a Fellow at the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs. His doctoral research looks at religious moderation in Indonesia and explores how the structure of Islamic associational life either enables or prevents Muslim leaders from addressing religious radicalism. A Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholar, he was visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Society at the State Islamic University in Jakarta (2013-14). Alexandre is also currently member of a United States Institute of Peace-funded project that looks at the institutionalization of ethnic and religious identities in transitional Myanmar. He has published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science and Quebec Studies.

Anthony Scott

DEPARTMENT For the STudy of Religion


Hailing from the Badlands of Western Canada, Anthony is embedded in the Department for the Study of Religion, where he researches revolutions in Pali exegetical literature at watershed moments of Burmese/Myanmar history. In order to investigate the period spanning colonialism, independence and military rule in Burma, Tony co-exists in both the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies and the Centre for South Asian Studies, where he benefits from intellectual exchange with peers and leading scholars across disciplinary and political borders.

Jessica Soedirgo



Jessica Soedirgo is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation looks at religious minorities in post-Reformasi Indonesia. Jessica is a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, numerous Ontario Graduate Scholarships, and the Dr. David Chu Scholarship in Asia-Pacific Studies.

Jessika Tremblay

DEPARTMENT OF Anthropology

Jessika Tremblay is a 6th year PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. She is writing her dissertation about an urban “cyber” neighbourhood in Indonesia’s central Java, where she conducted 20 months of fieldwork between 2012-2014. Her research focuses on the ways in which the internet and social media adoption in Indonesia reflect broader processes of cultural and political-economic change since the Suharto era. She is also the coordinator of the Ethnography Lab (2014-present).



Colonial Vietnam (Supervised by Nhung Tuyet Tran)

Mark Winward

DEPARTMENT of Political Science

Mobilizing for Mass Killing: The 1965-66 Anti-Communist Killings in Indonesia (Supervised by Jacques Bertrand)

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