Arnout H.C. van der Meer

Associate Professor of History

Office: Miller Library 245 [ campus map ]
Phone: 207-859-5332
Fax: 207-859-5340
Office Hours:
M-W: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
van der Meer, Arnout H.C.


Ph.D. – Rutgers University, 2014
M.A. – Rutgers University, 2005
M.A. – Leiden University, 2004

Areas of Expertise

  • World and Comparative History
  • Southeast Asian - Indonesian History
  • History of European Colonialism and Imperialism

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
HI255 AHistories of Southeast Asia: Slavery, Diasporas, and Revolutions
HI276 APatterns and Processes in World History
HI438 AResearch Seminar: Global Commodities

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
HI263The Age of European Expansion in World History
HI377Crossroads of the World: A History of Modern Southeast Asia


Performing Power: Cultural Hegemony, Identity, and Resistance in Colonial Indonesia (Cornell University Press, 2021).

“Performing Colonial Modernity: Fairs, Consumerism, and the Emergence of the Indonesian Middle Classes,” Bijdragen voor de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde (Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia), vol. 173, no.4 (2017): 503-538.

“Rituals and Power: Cross-Cultural Exchange and the Contestation of Colonial Hegemony in Indonesia”, in: Hazel Hahn (ed.), Cross-Cultural Exchange and the Colonial Imaginary: Global Encounters via Southeast Asia (Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2019): 75-103.

“Igniting Change in Colonial Indonesia: Soemarsono’s Contestation of Colonial Hegemony in a Global Context,” The Journal of World History, vol. 30, no. 4 (December 2019): 501-532.

“New Turning Points in Southeast Asian History: re-writing Southeast Asian chronologies from within,” TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, vol. 8, no. 2 (November 2020): 81-83. Together with Bart Luttikhuis.

“1913 in Indonesian History: Demanding Equality, Changing Mentality,” TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, vol. 8, no. 2 (November 2020), 115-133. Together with Bart Luttikhuis.

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