Dr Matthew Woolgar

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.

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 struggles for social and ecological justice are undertaken at the intersection of global forces and local contexts. 

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

Student education

My teaching currently spans across the international history of the twentieth century.

I also welcome enquiries for postgraduate research supervision for projects addressing the following: Southeast Asia; Indonesia; the Cold War; social movements; environmental activism & policy; inter-ethnic relations; authoritarianism; political violence; human rights.

Research groups and institutes

  • Politics, Diplomacy, and International History
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