Mattias Fibiger

Mattias Fibiger

Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Business, Government, and International Economy Unit, Harvard Business School
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Mattias Fibiger is an assistant professor of business administration in the Business, Government, and International Economy unit at Harvard Business School, where he teaches the course of the same name in the MBA required curriculum. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Cornell University and his B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Before coming to HBS, he served as a visiting researcher at Universitas Indonesia.

Fibiger conducts research on twentieth century international history. His geographic areas of expertise include the United States and Southeast Asia, and his thematic interests span political economy, authoritarianism, foreign policy, and Islam. He speaks Indonesian, Tagalog, and Malay.

His dissertation, which he is currently revising into a book manuscript, examines the international and transnational construction of authoritarian rule in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore in the 1960s and 1970s. Based on sources from across North America, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and Australia, the manuscript embraces connective rather than comparative historical analysis. It argues that supranational flows of power, money, and ideas enabled national leaders in Southeast Asia to shrink the domestic constituencies upon which state power depended and construct and consolidate authoritarian regimes. It also tracks the consequences of growing authoritarianism, including a swell of communist, Islamist, and separatist insurgencies in Southeast Asia, and an outpouring of diasporic, Congressional, and human rights activism in the United States. The research for the project was funded by grants from the Social Science Research Council and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.

In addition to his book manuscript, Fibiger has published essays on the origins of neoconservatism and the credibility problem in diplomacy. He is currently completing an article on the Indonesian invasion of East Timor, and he is beginning a larger project on the encounter between the United States and Southeast Asian Islam over the twentieth century.

A native of Vancouver, Canada, Professor Fibiger enjoys golf, travel, and tennis in his spare time.