Dr Jeremy Kingsley is a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. Jeremy is a legal and political anthropologist. As a formally trained lawyer he brings an interdisciplinary academic background to his studies. Jeremy’s received his LLM and PhD degrees in Law at the University of Melbourne and his BA and LLB from Deakin University.
His research focuses primarily upon religious and political authority in Indonesia and how this affects local governance. He is finalizing his sole authored manuscript, Local Governance and Religious Authority in Eastern Indonesia – An Abode of Islam, and has co-edited a special edition of the Asian Journal of Social Sciences, Muslim Religious Authority in Modern Asia (forthcoming). He is now looking at this notion of authority and the interconnections between Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Jeremy has completed a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS), as well as having lectured at Tembusu College, also at NUS. Jeremy has undertaken extensive field research primarily on the eastern Indonesian island of Lombok. His work has been published in academic and public affairs journals. Jeremy is currently undertaking a research project entitled: “Networks and Interconnection: Contemporary educational encounters between Southeast Asian Muslims and the Middle East”.