Dr Steven Drakeley

Steven Drakeley


Born in Birmingham England, I emigrated to Australia as a child in 1966. I was educated at Liverpool Boys High School and the University of Sydney. Travel adventures to Southeast Asia during my late teens sparked a life-long interest in the region, particularly in Indonesia.


PhD, BA(Hons) Syd.


Drakeley, S., The History of Indonesia, Greenwood, 2005.

Chapters in Books

Drakeley, S. (2012), "Implications of Islamization for Indonesian foreign policy and international security", in D. Walton, and M. Frazier, An Anthology of Contending Views on International Security, Walton, David, Frazier, Michael, Nova Science Publishers Incorporated, U.S.A., pp 131-147.

Journal Articles

Drakeley, S. (2009), "Bung Karno and the Bintang Muhammadiyah: A Political Affair", New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, vol 11, no 1, pp 208-221.

Drakeley, S. (2008), "Drowning or Waving? Citizenship, Multiculturalism and Islam in Malaysia", Al-Jamiah Journal of Islamic Studies, vol 46, no 2, pp 325-351.

Drakeley, S. (2007), "Lubang Buaya: Myth, Misogyny and Massacre", Nebula, vol 4, no 4, pp 11-35.

Conference Paper

Drakeley, S. (2006), "In Search of Achmad Sukarno", Asia Reconstructed: 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA.

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Research and Engagement Interests

Learning and Teaching Interests

I teach subjects on Indonesian history and politics, Islam, Southeast Asian international politics and Asia in general.

Research Interests

My primary research focus is on the role of social and political forces based on Islam in the political history of Indonesia since independence, with particular emphasis on the 1950s-1970s. Other general research interests include Islam in Southeast Asia, Indonesian history and historiography, and Malaysian history.

Engagement Interests

I am a member of the organising committee of the Sydney Indonesia Study Circle (SISC) and of the UWS Muslim Harmony Reference Group.

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