Hendrik M.J. Maier

Hendrik M.J. Maier is Professor, Literature of Southeast Asia and Indonesia, at the University of California, Riverside. He received his PhD in Indonesian from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, where he held the chair of Malay and Indonesian Language and Literature before moving to UCR in 2003. He has published widely on Malay writing/literature and history, and combines his scholarly pursuits with translating modern and older Malay texts. He is the Director of SEATRiP, the interdisciplinary Southeast Asian Studies Program at UCR that, with its focus on Text, Ritual, and Performance, aims at developing new forms of engagement with Southeast Asia and its diasporas.

Some of his major publications are In the Center of Authority (Cornell, 1988) and We are Playing Relatives (Leiden, 2004). He has published a number of articles in the leading journals in his field, Indonesia and Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde.