Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge is a member of the East Nusa Tenggara Academia Forum (Forum Akademia NTT). In 2012, he was an Arryman Fellow and a Visiting Scholar in Buffet Center for International and Comparative Studies (BCICS) at Northwestern University, where he was awarded an Arryman Scholarship in 2014. Formerly, he was a researcher at Pacivis Research Center, University of Indonesia. His current research focuses on democratization in developing countries, particularly the roles of crucial actors such as the military, within the regime during transitional and consolidation periods. His interests also extend to area studies on Southeast Asia and Africa. He has been conducting fieldwork in West Papua on the role of Papuan youth in creating political and cultural identities during the era of special autonomy. Some of his fieldwork will be published in Journal of Current Southeast Asia Affairs. His work has previously been published in Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) Northwestern University, East Asia Forum, New Mandala, and Eurasia Review. His popular articles also have appeared in national newspapers, such as the Indonesian leading English language daily, The Jakarta Post, as well as Kompas, and Jawa Post.