Memorial Service for Prof. Jeffrey Hadler

Memorial | January 19 | 5-8 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

Prof. Jeffrey Hadler, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, and former Chair of the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, after a short and intense battle with cancer.

Prof. Hadler received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, where he worked with Prof. James Scott, and his graduate degrees from Cornell University, where he worked with Prof. Takashi Shiraishi and Prof. Benedict Anderson. His dissertation on the Minangkabau family and history in West Sumatra, Indonesia, eventually became his book, Muslims and Matriarchs: Cultural Resilience in Indonesia through Jihad and Colonialism (Cornell University Press, 2008). This book won the AAS Harry Benda Prize in 2011. An Indonesian translation was published in 2010.

Prof. Hadler joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 2001. He taught courses on island Southeast Asia, on Islam in Southeast Asia, on culture and art in Indonesia, and on Indonesian history. He was a core faculty member of UC Berkeley's Center for Southeast Asia Studies and served as CSEAS faculty chair from 2011 to 2014. He was an elected member of the AAS Southeast Asia Council from 2009 to 2011, and a founding board member of the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), which is based at Cornell University.

He leaves behind his daughters, Maia and Noe, and his wife Kumi Sawada Hadler, Program Director of UC Berkeley's Center for Japanese Studies, as well as his parents, Dr. Nortin and Carol Hadler, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and his sister Elana Perl and her family, of Washington DC.

 gary.spears@berkeley.edu, 510-642-4564