My full name is Jesse Hession Grayman. Hession is my mother’s maiden name. I was born in Schenectady, NY and grew up there and on Long Island. I first went to Indonesia as a high school exchange student in 1989, and lived in Yogyakarta. I did my undergraduate studies in Biological Anthropology at Harvard College, graduating in 1995. I got two Master’s degrees at the University of Michigan in 2001, an MA in Southeast Asian Studies, and an MPH in International Health Epidemiology. After spending a year working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, I started my PhD in Social and Medical Anthropology at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2002. In June 2005, I started working and doing research in Aceh, six months after the tsunami devastated the province and two months before the peace agreement that ended 30 years of conflict between GAM (Free Aceh Movement) and the Indonesian government. Most recently, from mid-2009 through mid-2010, I was the Research Coordinator at the Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies at Syiah Kuala University in Aceh. My graduate studies have taken extra time because of these years spent in Aceh, but I finally completed and defended my dissertation, titled “Humanitarian Encounters in Post-Conflict Aceh, Indonesia” at the end of 2012. I am currently based in Jakarta, working on short-term consulting gigs while I pursue longer-term academic career options on this side of the world.
I will work on this page over time, but for now it’s probably enough to list some of the places where I am parked on the internet. All of the Indonesia specific posts from this blog are reproduced on a mirror site “The AnthroLOLogist in Indonesia” as part of the Indonesia Matters blog platform in order to reach a wider audience of bloggers with an interest in Indonesia.
My facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/jesse.grayman
My twitter stream: http://twitter.com/kopyor
My flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/soekarno72/
My livejournal: http://kopyor.livejournal.com
My photo livejournal: http://fotofoto.livejournal.com (I’ve fallen way behind in updating this, but it’s like a best-of from my flickr account, with years of photos that pre-date flickr’s invention)
You can also google stalk my name and find lots. A search with or without my middle name yields different results. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of internet detritus, including a LinkedIn page that I only update occasionally. I even have an orkut page.