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Solong, Ulee Kareng, Banda Aceh

Solong, Ulee Kareng, Banda Aceh

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.  I worked on a number of projects in Aceh until mid-2010.  My graduate studies took a few more years than everyone else in my cohort 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.  In mid-2013, I moved to Singapore where I now teach at Nanyang Technological University in the Division of Sociology at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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:

My twitter stream:

My flickr photostream:

My livejournal:

My photo livejournal: (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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. riza permalink
    May 4, 2010 00:05

    Hi.. it’s glad to know you.. i found your website coincidentally… and welcome to Aceh. I hope you enjoy my homeland and also hopefully someday we can meet and discuss many things.

    -acehnese, currently studying MA Southeast Asian Studies @Passau-

  2. May 27, 2010 00:03

    Hello, I am a journalist for the website of France 24 a bradcasting news channel.
    I saw a couple of your pictures of Aceh in you flickr page. I will like if we coul use them for an article that will be posted in our site. It will, of course, have you credit on it.

    As I know your live in Aceh, I will like to know if you could tell me how people live under the sharia law of if you know someone who could / will be interested in talking to me, even anonymously.

    Best regards,

  3. hetty murmasemita permalink
    September 16, 2010 15:43

    Hello Jesse,
    It’s sooo interesting to read and look in your blog and pictures,.
    So you use to live in Jakarta?
    Or may be still here,.perhaps if you do not mind,.I really wnat to meet you ,.I m sure would be soo interesting and pleasure if we could talk and do exchange the local stories,.or something,.with cups of coffeee,.

    If so,.would you please to write me back,.
    I would be really appreciate Jesse,.
    Thank you and,.

    All the best,

  4. September 20, 2010 09:46

    Hello Jesse,

    I’m Felix from Indonesia..Currently im studying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia..It is nice to read your blog and to know that you are currently staying in Indonesia.


  5. Rudolf Mrázek permalink
    October 4, 2010 07:12

    Dear Jesse,

    thank you very much. You made my day!



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