Peter Keppy obtained his PhD in non-western history at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2001). His field of interest is the history of modern Southeast Asia. His most recent publication is The politics of redress. War damage compensation and restitution in Indonesia and the Philippines, 1940-1957 (KITLV, 2010).
Currently he is engaged as senior researcher and coordinator Articulating modernity: the making of Popular Music and the Rise of New Audiences in Twentieth Century Southeast Asia funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The project is hosted by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in cooperation with Leiden University and NIOD. His projected book is provisionally entitled: Southeast Asia in the age of jazz. Locating popular culture in the colonial Philippines and Indonesia.
Dissertation: Hidden Business: indigenous and ethnic Chinese entrepreneurs in the Majalaya textile industry, West Java, 1928-1974 (Amsterdam 2001).