Barbara Watson Andaya, Ph.D.

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Barbara Watson Andaya is Professor and Chair of the Asian Studies Program at the University of Hawai’i and former Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. In 2005-06 she was President of the American Association of Asian Studies. Educated at the University of Sydney (BA, Dip.Ed.), she received an East West Center grant in 1966 and obtained her MA in history at the University of Hawai’i. She subsequently went on to study for her Ph.D. at Cornell University with a specialization in Southeast Asian history.

Her career has involved teaching and researching in Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and since 1994, Hawai’i. She maintains an active teaching and research interest across all Southeast Asia, but her specific area of expertise is the western Malay-Indonesia archipelago. In 2000 she received a John Simon Guggenheim Award, which resulted in The Flaming Womb: Repositioning Women in Southeast Asian History, 1500-1800. Her current project is a history of religious interaction in Southeast Asia, 1511-1900, with a special focus on Christianity.

Contact Information

Tel. (808) 956-4735; Email: bandaya@hawaii.edu. 

Educational Background

  • B.A., University of Sydney, 1962
  • M.A., University of Hawaii, 1969
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1975

Research and Teaching Specializations

Christianity and religious change in Southeast Asia, ca. 1500-present, Women and gender in early modern Southeast Asia, Social issues in contemporary Southeast Asia.

Barbara Watson Andaya is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i and Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. In 2005-06 she was President of the American Association of Asian Studies. Educated at the University of Sydney (BA, Dip.Ed.), she received an East West Center grant in 1966 and obtained her MA in history at the University of Hawai’i. She subsequently went on to study for her Ph.D. at Cornell University with a specialization in Southeast Asian history.

Her career has involved teaching and researching in Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and since 1994, Hawai’i. She maintains an active teaching and research interest across all Southeast Asia, but her specific area of expertise is the western Malay-Indonesia archipelago. In 2000 she received a Guggenheim Award, which resulted in The Flaming Womb: Repositioning Women in Southeast Asian History, 1500-1800 (a Choice Academic Book of the Year in 2007). Her current project is a history of Christian localization in Southeast Asia, 1511-1900, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Recently Taught Courses

  • ASAN 202: Introduction to Asian Studies
  • ASAN 496: Religions of Island Southeast Asia
  • ASAN 600: Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asian Studies
  • ASAN 630: Globalization in Southeast Asia

Recent Publications

  • 2017: Imagination, Memory and History: Narrating India-Malay Intersections in the Early Modern Period’. In Narratives, Routes and Intersections in pre-Modern Asia, ed. Radhika Seshan (Routledge).
  • 2016: (with Leonard Y. Andaya). A History of Malaysia, Third Edition (Macmillan: Basingstoke and London)
  • 2016: ‘Rivers, Oceans and Spirits: Gender and Water Cosmologies in Southeast Asia.’TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia 4, 2 (July) 239-26
  • 2015: (with Leonard Y. Andaya) A History of Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1400-1830. Cambridge University Press
  • 2015: “Come Home, Come Home!” Chineseness, John Sung and Theatrical Evangelism in 1930s Southeast Asia.” Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Freiburg (Germany) Occasional Paper No. 3. www.southeastasianstudies.uni-freiburg.de
  • 2015: “The Glocalization of Christianity in Early Modern Southeast Asia.” In Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1350-1800, ed. Ooi Keat Gin and Hoang Anh Tuah (London: Routledge), pp. 233-49.
  • 2014: “Connecting Oceans and Multicultural Navies: A Historian’s View on Challenges and Potential for Indian Ocean-Western Pacific Interaction.” In Converging Regions: Global Perspectives on Asia and the Middle East,ed. Nele Lenze and Charlotte Schriwer (Ashgate)
  • 2014: ‘Gathering “Knowledge” in the Bay of Bengal: The Letters of John Adolphus Pope, 1785-1788.” Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society87, 2: 1-19.
  • 2009: “Between Empires and Emporia: The Economics of Christianization in Early Modern Southeast Asia.” In Empires and Emporia: The Orient and World Historical Space and Time, ed. Jos Gommans. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient52, 4-5: 963-97.
  • 2008: “Women and the Performance of Power in Early Modern Southeast Asia.” In Servants of the Dynasty: Palace Women in World History, ed. Anne Walthall. Berkeley: University of California Press, 22-44.
  • 2006: “Oceans Unbounded: Transversing Asia across ‘Area Studies.'” Journal of Asian Studies 65, 4 (November): 669-90. Republished in a revised form in the e-journal Japan Focus.
  • 2006: “Studying Women and Gender in Southeast Asia: A ‘State of the Art’ Essay.” International Journal of Asian Studies 4, 1:1-24.
  • 2006: The Flaming Womb: Repositioning Women in Southeast Asian History. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. Paperback edition, 2008.
  • 2001: (with Leonard Y. Andaya). A History of Malaysia, Second Edition (Macmillan: Basingstoke and London). Translated into Thai in 2006, with a Chinese translation in progress.
  • 2000 [edited collection]: Other Pasts: Women, Gender and History in Early Modern Southeast Asia (Honolulu: Center for Southeast Asia Studies)
  • 1993. To Live as Brothers: Southeast Sumatra in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press).
  • 1982 (with Virginia Matheson). Raja Ali Haji, The Precious Gift (Tuhfat al Nafis). An Annotated Translation (Oxford in Asia: Kuala Lumpur).

Sources: Personal Website.