South Asia + Southeast Asia on DR


The fourth season of Dissertation Reviews begins this Fall, and the South Asia and Southeast Asia series will continue to bring you reviews of dissertations, “Fresh from the Archives” pieces and “Talking Shop” articles. If you wish to participate in Dissertation Reviews, please click here to become a reviewer or to have your dissertation reviewed. You may also contact the South Asian Studies editor Susan Johnson-Roehr or the Southeast Asian Studies Co-Editors Chiara Formichi and Inga Gruß.

We will also take the opportunity to bid a very fond farewell to Rebecca Grapevine (University of Michigan), who has been editing the South Asian Studies editor for the past 18 months. With Rebecca’s great energy and enthusiasm, South Asian Studies has become an essential series on Dissertation Reviews. We wish Rebecca the very best as she wraps up her dissertation!


Coming soon…

Steven DeBurger, “Pol Pot’s Total Revolution: An Inquiry of Democratic Kampuchea as a Political Religion” (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2012), reviewed by Alvin Lim (American University of Nigeria)

Cheong Soon Gan, “Contested Nationalisms and Propaganda: Birth Pangs of a Malaysian Nation, 1957-1969” (University of California, Berkeley 2012), reviewed by Kevin Fogg (University of Oxford)

Kanokrat Lertchoosakul, “The Rise of the Octobrists: Power and Conflict among Former Left -Wing Student Activists in Contemporary Thai Politics” (London School of Economics 2012), reviewed by Watcharabon Buddharaksa (University of York)

Zhang Wenxue, “A Master Across China and Singapore: Research on Venerable Zhuandao” (Xiamen University 2011), reviewed by Jack Meng-Tat Chia (Cornell University)

Arthur Mitchell Fraas, “‘They Have Travailed into a Wrong Latitude:’ The Laws of England, Indian Settlements and the British Imperial Constitution 1726-1773” (Duke University 2011), reviewed by Aparna Balachandran (University of Delhi)

Ajay Verghese, “Colonialism and Patterns of Ethnic Conflict in Contemporary India” (George Washington University 2012), reviewed by Victoria Farmer (State University of New York at Geneseo)

Chloe Coventry, “Rock Bands/Rock Brands: Mediation and Musical Performance in Post-liberalization Bangalore” (University of California, Los Angeles 2013), reviewed by Nilanjana Bhattacharjya (Arizona State University)

Samia Khatun, “Camels, Ships and Trains: Translation Across the ‘Indian Archipelago,’ 1860-1930” (University of Sydney 2012), reviewed by Richard Forster (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa)

Plus 30 others… (and counting!)


Meet the editors

SNJR_PhotoSusan Johnson-Roehr (South Asian Studies) is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. She received her PhD in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2011). She is currently working on a book manuscript that connects Indian scientific networks to the more expansive systems of material and intellectual exchange that characterized the “global” eighteenth century. [Website here]



Images_StaffImages_C_FormichiChiara Formichi (Southeast Asian Studies) is Assistant Professor of Asian and International Studies at City University of Hong Kong. She has a PhD in History of Southeast Asia (SOAS, London). Her publications include the monograph Islam and the Making of the Nation: Kartosuwiryo and Political Islam in Twentieth century Indonesia (HITLV/University of Hawai’i Press 2012), and a co-edited volume (with R.M. Feener entitled Shi’ism and Beyond: Alid Piety in Muslim Southeast Asia (forthcoming in 2013). [Website here]


Photo Inga GrußInga Gruß (Southeast Asian Studies) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University. Her dissertation fieldwork was among labor migrants from Myanmar on Thailand’s west coast. She is currently completing her dissertation that focuses on the ways in which migrants’ relationships to time and place unfold while living away from home. Her general research interests include power, representation and class relations. [Website here]




Our departing editor

grapevineRebecca Grapevine (South Asian Studies) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation, “A Common Law Doctrine in a Post-Colonial World: Coverture in India, 1945-70,” examines the history of a patriarchal English legal doctrine in India after Independence. Her broader scholarly interests include Indian legal history, and its connections to American and English legal history, the history of twentieth century India, and the history of religion in India. [Website here]



Image: Indonesian President Sukarno receiving Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi. President Documents, National Library of Indonesia. Wikimedia Commons.

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