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University Receives Fulbright-in-Residence Award


By Staci Wilson, CHASS Dean’s Office Student Intern
April 29, 2011

UC Riverside is proud to welcome its newest Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Baskara T. Wardaya, who will be part of the history department staff for the 2011-2012 academic year. In addition to teaching History 186 (South East Asia after 1800) and a course in Political Science over the course of his stay, he has expressed an interest in interacting with staff and students outside the classroom by becoming involved with campus activities and events.

Dr. Wardaya graduated from Indonesia’s Institute of Philosophy in 1986 before traveling to Milwaukee, where he completed his doctorate degree at Marquette University in 2001. Over the past several years he has been teaching courses at both the Graduate School of Gadja Mada University and Sanata Dharma University, where he ran the graduate program for six years. Though his scholarship ranges from history to religion to politics (and this is actually his second Fulbright award), he is most known for his research titled, “Indonesian Catholics and the Struggle for Democracy,” which explores the complicated relationship between Indonesian Catholics’ varying levels of political participation and democracy developing within Indonesia.

Dr. Wardaya is also known for his involvement with human rights projects. In addition to being a consultant for the Jesuit Refugee Service, he presented a research project for The Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights, helped coordinate an international conference on Indonesian history (January 2011), and directed The Center for History and Political Ethics at Sanata Dharma University. In the words of History Department Chair Randolph Head, “it is a great honor,” to have Dr. Wardaya in our community.


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