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Geoffrey Robinson


PROFESSOR


Contact Information

Email    ROBINSON@HISTORY.UCLA.EDU
Office  5361 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-3563

Professor Robinson writes and teaches about the history of political violence, genocide, human rights, and mass incarceration, primarily in Southeast Asia. He is the author of several books and dozens of scholarly articles. His major works include: The Dark Side of Paradise: Political Violence in Bali (Cornell, 1995); East Timor 1999: Crimes against Humanity (Elsham & Hak, 2006); “If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die”: How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor (Princeton, 2010); and most recently, The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66 (Princeton, 2018).  A Canadian, he earned his BA at McGill University and his PhD at Cornell, where he was a student of Benedict Anderson and George Kahin. Before coming to UCLA in 1997, Robinson worked for six years at Amnesty International’s Research Department in London, and in 1999 he served as a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations in Dili, East Timor. His current projects include a co-edited volume of photographs and images related to the mass violence of 1965-66 in Indonesia; a study of the “Swedish Connection” to that violence; and a book on the history of mass killing in the United States, entitled Running Amok in America.

Degrees

Ph.D. Cornell University, 1992

Selected Publications

Books & Monographs

The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66 (Princeton, 2018)

'If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die': How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.

East Timor 1999: Crimes Against Humanity. Report commissioned by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Jakarta & Dili: HAK Association & Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy, 2006.

Timor Timur 1999: Kejahatan Terhadap Umat Manusia. Sebuak laporan yang dibuat berdasarkan permintaan Kantor Komisaris Tinggi Hak Asasi Manusia Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa. Jakarta & Dili: Perkumpulan HAK & Lembaga Studi dan Advokasi Masyarakat (ELSAM), 2006.

Kudeta Angkatan Darat: Peran Amerika Membangun Rejim Suharto [The Army Coup: America’s Role in Creating the Suharto Regime]. Jakarta: Teplok Press, 2000.

The Dark Side of Paradise: Political Violence in Bali. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995.

Indonesia and East Timor: Power and Impunity - Human Rights Under the New Order. London: Amnesty International, 1994.

Philippines: The Killing Goes On. London: Amnesty International,1992.



Selected Articles & Reports

“People Power: A Comparative History of Forced Displacement in East Timor,” in Eva Lotta Hedman, ed. Conflict, Violence and Displacement in Indonesia: Dynamics, Patterns, and Experience. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2008, pp. 87-118.

“Colonial Militias in East Timor,” in Karl Hack and Rettig Tobias, eds. Colonial Armies in Southeast Asia: The Armed Leviathan. London: Routledge, 2006, pp. 269-301.

“If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die,” in Mills and Brunner, eds. The New Killing Fields: Massacre and the Politics of Intervention. New York: Perseus Books, 2002, pp. 159-184.

“The Fruitless Search for a Smoking Gun: Tracing the Origins of Violence in East Timor,” in Freek Colombijn and Thomas Lindblad, eds. Roots of Violence in Indonesia: Contemporary Violence in Historical Perspective. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2002, pp. 243-276.

“People’s War: Militias in East Timor and Indonesia.” South East Asia Research, School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 9, No. 3 (November 2001), pp. 271-318

“Rawan is as Rawan Does: The Origins of Disorder in New Order Aceh.” In Benedict Anderson, ed. Violence and the State in Suharto’s Indonesia. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2001, pp. 213-242.

Indonesia– On a New Course?” In Muthiah Alagappa, ed. Coercion and Governance: The
Declining Political Role of the Military in Asia. Stanford University Press,
2001, pp.226-256.

“Violence in an Era of Reform.” Indonesia, 70 (October 2000).

“With UNAMET in East Timor – An Historian’s Personal View.” Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, Special Issue on East Timor, February, 2000.

“Learning the Art of Dying: The Origins and Limits of Non-Violence in Burma and East Timor.” In Katrin Goldstein Kyaga, ed. Non-Violence in Asia. Stockholm: Center for Pacific Asia Studies, 1999.

"Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Rhetoric and Reality." In David Wurfel and Bruce Burton, eds. Southeast Asia in the New World Order. London: St. Martin's Press, 1996.

"The Post-Coup Massacre in Bali." In Daniel S. Lev and Ruth McVey, eds., Making Indonesia: Essays on Modern Indonesia. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program, 1996.

“Shock Therapy: Restoring Order in Aceh, 1989-1993.” London: Amnesty International, 1993.

"Philippines: ‘Disappearances’ in the Context of Counterinsurgency." London: Amnesty International, 1991.

Current Courses by Term

2019 Winter Quarter

Directed Individual Research in Global Studies

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Southeast Asian History

History of Southeast Asia to 1815

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2018 Spring Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

Capstone Seminar: History--Southeast Asia

2018 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Southeast Asian History

History of Southeast Asia to 1815

2017 Spring Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

Capstone Seminar: History -- Southeast Asia

Topics in History: Southeast Asia

2017 Winter Quarter

Capstone Seminar: History -- Southeast Asia

2016 Fall Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Early History of Southeast Asia

2016 Spring Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

Capstone Seminar: History -- Southeast Asia

Topics in History: Southeast Asia

2014 Fall Quarter

Capstone Seminar: History -- Southeast Asia

Topics in History: Southeast Asia

2013 Spring Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

Topics in History: Southeast Asia

2013 Winter Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Early History of Southeast Asia

2012 Spring Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

2012 Winter Quarter

Topics in History: Southeast Asia

Critical Perspectives on Trauma, Gender, and Power

2011 Spring Quarter

Topics in History: Southeast Asia

2011 Winter Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Early History of Southeast Asia

2010 Spring Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

Topics in History: Southeast Asia

2009 Spring Quarter

Topics in History: Southeast Asia

2009 Winter Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

2008 Winter Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Early History of Southeast Asia

2007 Spring Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

Topics in History: Southeast Asia

2007 Winter Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Early History of Southeast Asia

2005 Fall Quarter

Topics in History: Southeast Asia

2005 Spring Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: Southeast Asia

2005 Winter Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

2004 Fall Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Early History of Southeast Asia

2004 Spring Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar: Southeast Asia

Topics in History: Southeast Asia

2004 Winter Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

2002 Spring Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

2002 Winter Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Early History of Southeast Asia

Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Fall Quarter

Perspectives on September 11

2001 Spring Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

2001 Winter Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Early History of Southeast Asia

2000 Spring Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Winter Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Early History of Southeast Asia

Undergraduate Seminar

1999 Spring Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

1999 Winter Quarter

History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

1998 Spring Quarter
1998 Winter Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 176B
History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

2018 Spring Quarter

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

HIST 191M
Capstone Seminar: History--Southeast Asia

2018 Spring Quarter

HIST 97M
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Southeast Asian History

2018 Winter Quarter

HIST 176A
History of Southeast Asia to 1815

2018 Winter Quarter

HIST 201T
Topics in History: Southeast Asia

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

HIST 191M
Capstone Seminar: History -- Southeast Asia

2017 Spring Quarter

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

HIST 176A
History of Southeast Asia: Early History of Southeast Asia

2016 Fall Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

WOM STD 98T
Critical Perspectives on Trauma, Gender, and Power

2012 Winter Quarter

HIST 191M
Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: Southeast Asia

2005 Spring Quarter

HIST 197M
Undergraduate Seminar: Southeast Asia

2004 Spring Quarter

HIST 190B
History of Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia since 1815

2004 Winter Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

HIST 197H
Undergraduate Seminar

2002 Winter Quarter

HIST 190A
History of Southeast Asia: Early History of Southeast Asia

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

HNRS 98
Perspectives on September 11

2001 Fall Quarter

HIST 197J
Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Spring Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

HIST 197S
Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Winter Quarter

HIST 197L
Undergraduate Seminar

1999 Spring Quarter

HIST 197T

1998 Spring Quarter

HIST 201T

1998 Spring Quarter

HIST 197F

1998 Spring Quarter

HIST 190B

1998 Winter Quarter

HIST 197U

1997 Fall Quarter

HIST 190A

1997 Fall Quarter