Prof. dr. H.G.C. (Henk) Schulte Nordholt

  • Extraordinary professor
  • Southeast Asian history

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Indonesie
Office Address: WSD
Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden

Henk Schulte Nordholt (1953) is extraordinary professor of Indonesian history for a five-year period (0,2 fte).

He is Head of Research at KITLV and KITLV professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the VU University of Amsterdam. His main fields of research include Southeast Asian history, contemporary politics in Indonesia, political violence, and the anthropology of colonialism. He has a special interest in Balinese studies. He is also chairman of the board of the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS) and Secretary of the European Association of Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS).

Schulte Nordholt studied history at the VU University in Amsterdam, from which he graduated in 1980 (cum laude). In 1988 he obtained his PhD degree (cum laude) in social sciences at the Free University with a thesis on the history of the political system on the island of Bali. He taught anthropology and Asian history at the University of Amsterdam from 1985 until 2005. From 1999 until 2007 he was IIAS professor of Asian History at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Currently he coordinates a large Dutch Indonesian research program ‘Governance, Markets and Citizens (2013-2017)’, which is sponsored by the Scientific Program Indonesia – Netherlands (SPIN).

Selected Publications

  • ‘Decentralization and democracy in Indonesia,’ in R. Robison (ed), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Politics, 229-241. Routledge 2013.

  • 'Dams and Dynasty, and the Colonial Transformation of Balinese Irrigation Management'
    Human Ecology 39:21-28, 2011.

  • ‘Modernity and cultural citizenship in the Netherlands Indies,’ Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 42, 435-457, 2011.

  • Indonesie na Soeharto. Reformasi en Restauratie. Amsterdam 2008.

  • Bali, an Open Fortress, 1995–2005. Regional autonomy, electoral democracy and entrenched identities. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2007.

Other publications can be found on

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