International education and higher education policy; Indonesian history and society; Southeast Asian regional history
Prior to joining the Center, from 1989-2001 he was Malcolm Mouat Director of World Affairs, at Beloit College (Wisconsin), directing an office of international programs that included off-campus study, international student support services, and summer intensive study of less-commonly taught languages. He also served as an adjunct Associate Professor of History, teaching regional history of Southeast Asia and modern Indonesia. Prior to this he engaged in higher education development programs as Assistant Director of the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA), composed of the Big Ten Universities and based at Ohio State University. Dr. Bigalke worked as a Program Officer with the Ford Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he was responsible for program development in the fields of education and culture, social sciences, and human rights. Before this he conducted extended periods of research and study in Indonesia, the Netherlands, Thailand and Mexico. Selected recent publications include Higher Education in Asia/Pacific: Quality and the Public Good, co-edited (with Deane E. Neubauer), New York: Palgrave MacMillan Press, 2009; "Ten Keys to Understanding Indonesia." Education About Asia, 12:1 (Spring 2007); and Tana Toraja: A Social History of an Indonesian People, published by Singapore University Press, May 2005. He holds a PhD in comparative world history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a focus on 19th and 20th century Indonesia; an MA in Southeast Asian history as an East-West Center grantee at the University of Hawai'i; and a BA in history and Asian studies from St. Olaf College.