John Bassett

Position title: TA: History 244 with Professor Cullinane


Advisors: Alfred W. McCoy
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

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I am a professional film editor, a part-time journalist, and an academic researcher examining 20th- and 21st- century economic and political history in Southeast Asia. My dissertation focuses on the economic history of Davao City, Philippines, since the 1970s.

Before starting at UW-Madison in 2018, I worked as an editor for several award-winning documentary and fiction films in New York City and the Philippines.

Since 2019, I have worked part-time as a writer and co-host for the Sunday radio newscast “World View” on Madison’s WORT 89.9FM. Since spring 2020, I’ve also worked as the Data and Research Editor for the Granite State News Collaborative, a network of 18 news and community organizations in my home state of New Hampshire.


M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A.; Harvard University


  • Southeast Asian History

MA Title

  • “Sources of Economic Growth in Davao City, 1980-2010”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Narratives of Economic Revival in Davao City, 1970-2016”

Selected Publications

Selected Awards

  • Fulbright US Student Program, 2021 (Alternate)
  • UW-Madison CSEAS Center Field Research Grant, 2021
  • UW-Madison History Department Summer Travel Grant, 2021
  • UW-Madison History Department External Opportunities Fund Award, 2021
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Summer Fellowship, 2020
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship, 2020
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School Fellowship, 2019
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Summer Fellowship, 2018
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship, 2018
  • Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institution Scholarship, 2018
  • Sundance Institute Emerging Editor Fellowship, 2014
  • CLASP Solo Amateur World Bagpipe Championship, 2008

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association (AHA)
  • Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 244: Introduction to Southeast Asia
  • Geography 377: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)