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About Robert Cribb

Robert Cribb grew up in Brisbane, Australia, and spent much time as a child wandering the bush and the Barrier Reef with his botanist parents. After completing his undergraduate studies in Asian History at the University of Queensland, he took his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a thesis on Jakarta during the Indonesian revolution, 1945-1949. After graduating, he taught at Griffith University and the University of Queensland (both in Brisbane) and as guest lecturer at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. He held research positions at the Australian National University, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, where he was also director for two years. He re-joined the Australian National University at the beginning of 2003.
Robert Cribb's research interests focus mainly on Indonesia, though he has some interest in other parts of Southeast Asia (especially Malaysia and Burma/Myanmar) and in Northeast Asia. The themes of his research are: mass violence and crime; national identity; environmental politics; and historical geography.


Present Professor, The Australian National University


Research Interests

History, Indonesian Studies, Asian Studies, and Politics

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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Academy of the Humanities in Australia

Contact Information

Division of Pacific & Asian History
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
College of Asia and the Pacific
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200


The Indonesian Revolution, 1945-1949 (10)

Jakarta in the Indonesian Revolution, 1945-1949 (3)

Crime and violence in Indonesian History (11)

The Nature of the Profession (5)