My interest in the study of politics, especially Southeast Asian politics, began when I lived in Malang, East Java, as a teenager. After studying Indonesian language and politics at high school and university, I completed my PhD in the Department of Political and Social Change in 2000 on the topic of opposition movements and democratisation in Indonesia. After that, I worked on a range of topics related to Indonesian democratisation and civil society, and especially concerning the separatist conflict in Aceh. My current research interests include ongoing research on Indonesian national politics and democratisation, as well as a comparative project on peace processes in the Asia-Pacific. I am also starting systematic research on the role of ethnicity in everyday politics in Indonesia. I teach on ethnic conflict and internal security in Asia.