Dr Matthew Woolgar


I joined Leeds after a period as a Stipendiary Lecturer at the University of Oxford. I had previously studied at the University of Oxford, at SOAS (University of London), and Yogyakarta State University.


  • Library Representative for the School of History

Research interests

My research focuses on the interaction of global ideologies, social movements and state power, in a Southeast Asian context. My first major project is a study of how the global Cold War became intertwined with grassroots activism in Indonesia in the decades following independence. More broadly, I am interested in how the struggles of marginalised groups (including workers, peasants, ethnic minorities and political dissidents) are undertaken at the intersection of global forces and local contexts. I have also engaged with the politics of culture and in that context have been involved in the publication of two collections of Indonesian short stories in English translation.

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  • DPhil History, University of Oxford
  • MA Southeast Asian Studies, SOAS (University of London)
  • BA History, University of Oxford

Professional memberships

  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Association for Southeast Asian Studies in the UK
  • European Association for Southeast Asian Studies
  • Royal Historical Society

Student education

My teaching currently spans across the international history of the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the global Cold War.

I also welcome enquiries for postgraduate research supervision for projects addressing the following: Indonesia; Southeast Asia; the Cold War; communism; authoritarianism; political violence; social movements; labour history; human rights.