Dr Trudy Jacobsen


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Trudy Jacobsen is Assistant Professor at the Department of History, North Illinois University where among other things she teaches the history of Buddhist Southeast Asia. Earlier, she was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Social and Political Inquiry, Monash University.

Trudy Jacobsen is Assistant Professor at the Department of History, North Illinois University where among other things she teaches the history of Buddhist Southeast Asia. Earlier, she was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Social and Political Inquiry, Monash University. She has taught the global history of genocide, the history and politics of Southeast Asia, and the anthropology of development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London), the University of Queensland and Monash University in addition to having held research fellowships at Griffith University and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. She has published on Southeast Asian gender issues and history, Cambodian conceptualisations of justice, and the role of contemporary Buddhism in politics. Her current research project is an inquiry into sexual contracts in mainland Southeast Asia.

We were fortunate to record an interview with Trudy at the 2010 AAS conference in Philadelphia. You can view this interview here but be prepared for loud interruptions from a nearby baby at points during the interview.

Books by this author

Lost Goddesses

The Denial of Female Power in Cambodian History

A narrative and visual tour de force, this study revises accepted perspectives in the history and geopolitical organization of Cambodia since c 230 CE. In so doing, it examines the relationship between women and power and analyses the extent of female political and economic participation as revealed in historical sources.

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