Claire-Marie Hefner, PhD.

Keywords: Indonesia (Java), morality, education, women, gender, Islam, sexuality, and performance.

I am currently a visiting assistant professor of cultural anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. There, I teach courses on cultural anthropology, ethnographic theory; gender; education; Islam; and Southeast Asia.

I joined the faculty at Manhattanville just after completing my doctorate in sociocultural anthropology at Emory University. Prior to my time at Emory, I completed a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a semester abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

I am originally from the Boston area and grew up traveling to and living in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with my family. In 1999, we lived in Yogyakarta for about a year and it was during that time that I began my study of traditional Balinese dance--an art form I continued to study intensely in the summers for the next fifteen years. In the states, I began my study of Classical Indian dance (namely, Kuchipudi and Bharat Natayam) with Neena Gulati at the Triveni School of Dance in Brookline in 2001.


All photos on this website are my own, unless otherwise stated.
With Islamic boarding school students in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 2012.