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Rahardhika Utama

Area(s) of Interest

Political and Economic Sociology; Comparative and Historical Sociology; Global and Transnational Sociology; Inequality; Politics of Culture, Sociology of Development; Southeast Asia

Current Research

My research explains the variation of development among agrarian economies of Southeast Asia. I am interested in examining historical factors that transform and sustain agrarian society by tracing domestic and international forces from colonial to contemporary periods that significantly shaped the institutional development around economic transformation in Southeast Asia. For my dissertation project, I use the case of natural rubber plantation and manufacturing industries to examine the diverging path of development among historically prominent rubber producing countries. I employ a comparative historical framework to analyze evidence collected through archival study, interviews, and ethnographic fieldworks in rubber communities across Southeast Asia.

Selected Awards and Fellowships

  • Arryman Doctoral Research Grant, Equality Development and Globalization Studies at The Buffett Institute, Northwestern University, 2017
  • Comparative Historical Social Science Research Grants, The Buffett Institute, Northwestern University, 2017
  • The Henry Luce Foundation Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, Southeast Asia Research Group, 2016
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