I’m very excited to share that I have received my Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from UC Berkeley and UCSF. I thanked my online communities in the acknowledgments of my dissertation and wanted to post those thanks here.

Curious what my dissertation is about?

In Indonesia, during six months in 1965-1966, between half a million and a million people were killed during a purge of suspected Communist Party members after a purported failed coup d’état blamed on the Communist Party. In addition to the mass killings that swept from one end of the archipelago to the other, hundreds of thousands of Indonesians were imprisoned without trial, many for more than a decade. The regime that orchestrated the mass killings and detentions remained in power for over 30 years, suppressing public discussion of these events. It was not until 1998 that Indonesians were finally “free” to discuss this tragic chapter of Indonesian history.

In my dissertation, entitled “Ripples, Echoes, and Reverberations: 1965 and Now in Indonesia,” I explore how Indonesians perceive and describe the relationship between the past and the present when it comes to the events of 1965-1966 and their aftermath. I illuminate the ways in which the events of 1965-1966 continue to powerfully shape the subjectivities, social worlds, experiences, and identities of my friends and informants nearly 50 years after the killings first began.


Because Hank Green needed a birthday song. Happy belated birthday, edwardspoonhands!

Presenting the final poster design for Finding Margo, Losing Gus! We really like this one - what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

Finding Margo, Losing Gus comes to the Monroeville Library in August! Visit the project page on our website for full info and to reserve your spot today!