John Bassett

Advisors: Alfred W. McCoy

John Bassett


Before starting graduate school, I worked for five years as an editor of independent documentaries and fiction films in New York City. Recent work includes: JUNGLE (short fiction, dir. Sante Prempeh), which premiered at Sundance 2016; IN WHITE (short fiction, dir. Dania Bdeir), which premiered at Clermont Ferrand 2017; and LA LAGUNA (mid-length documentary, dir. Aaron Schock), which premiered at Full Frame 2016 and won the 2017 Cinema Eye Honor for Best Documentary Short. Drawing in part on my previous career, my academic research now focuses on the history of political narratives in Southeast Asia, especially the history of populist movements in the Philippines.


B.A.; Harvard College


  • Southeast Asian History