Anthony Reid

Prof Anthony Reid


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Anthony Reid was a member of ANU's former Department of Pacific & Asian History from 1970 1999, after an initial position teaching Southeast Asian History at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1965-70). In 1999 he became founding Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles, and in 2001 founding Director of the Asia Research Institute of NUS in Singapore.  He retired to Canberra in 2009, though accepting visiting positions at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University (2009-10), and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2012-13).He was honoured with the Fukuoka Prize for Asian Culture (Academic) in 2002 and the Life Achievement Award of the Association of Asian Studies in 2011. He has been a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities since 1987 and the British Academy since 2008.

Research interests

History of Southeast Asia, with particular interests in Indonesia and Malaysia, early modern history, nationalism, minorities, social, economic and religious history, and Sumatra. Having recently completed a new history of Southeast Asia, he is exploring the interface between history and geology in Indonesia's natural disaster record.

Researcher's projects

History, Environment and Natural Disasters in the Indian Ocean Region

Aceh History

'Going Native': Adventurers in 19th Century Asia

History of gender relations in Southeast Asia


BA, MA, Hon D.Lit (Victoria University of Wellington); PhD in History (Cambridge University), FBA, FAHA

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  • Asian History


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