A/PROF Kate McGregor

A/PROF Kate McGregor


  • Historiography, memory, violence, Asia, transnational politcal history (historiography, memory, violence, Asia)



  • Associate Professor Kate McGregor is a historian of Indonesia. Her research interests include Indonesian historiography, memories of violence, the Indonesian military, Islam and identity in Indonesia and historical international links between Indonesia and the world. She teaches in the areas of Southeast Asian history, the history of violence and Asian thematic history.

    In February 2014 Kate commenced a four year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship on the project: Confronting Historical Injustice in Indonesia: Memory and Transnational Human Rights Activism .

    Kate co-founded the Historical Justice and Memory Network and was part of the organising committee for the network's first international conference in Melbourne 2012. The network under the name Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory is now being run by Columbia University.

    She has organised a range of workshops, conferences and events related to the 1965 Violence in Indonesia and is co-editor with Dr Jemma Purdey of the Translating Accounts of the 1965 Mass Violence in Indonesia Series sponsored by the Herb Feith Foundation. She is a member of the Herb Feith Foundation Working Group.

    She has previously Convened The University of Melbourne's Indonesia Forum. She now co-ordinates with Dr Edwin Jurriens and Professor Thomas Reuter the Faculty of Arts Indonesia Initiative.   


Member of

  • Asian Studies Association of Australia. Board Member 2005 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Fellowship- Senior Visiting Fellowship Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, March-May 2008.
    Fellowship- Senior Visiting Fellowship on the ARC Project Historical Justice and Memory, Institute of Social Research, Swinburne Institute of Technology, July 2010-January 2011
    Fellowship- Senior Visiting Fellowship, The University of Indonesia, August-December 2011
    Co-founder of the Historical Justice and Memory Research Network with Professor Klaus Neumann
    ARC Future Fellow 2014-2017   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2002

Awards and honors

  • Three Month Senior Visiting Fellowship, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 2008



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I supervise in the area of Asian history with an emphasis on the modern history of Southeast Asia. I currently have PhD students working on topics related to gender, diaspora, Islam, memory, violence and the media in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and East Timor. I have supervised eleven students to completion since 2008. My own research interests are in historiography, memory, violence, the political left, Islam and transnational political alliances.