John Bassett


Advisors: Alfred W. McCoy

John Bassett


I am a student of modern Southeast Asian history and a professional documentary filmmaker. I am currently studying the region’s economic and social history in the 20th and 21st centuries, with an emphasis on the Philippines and the BIMP-EAGA sub-region after 1986. I received my undergraduate degree in history at Harvard University, where I studied the history of legal insanity in the United States. Before starting at UW-Madison, I worked as an editor for independent documentary and fiction films in New York City. Recent films include A IS FOR AGUSTIN (2019), IN WHITE (2017), I AM ANOTHER YOU (2017), and LA LAGUNA (2016).


B.A.; Harvard University


  • Southeast Asian History