Krishna Sen

Emeritus Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Professor Krishna Sen FAHA

Professor Krishna Sen was Dean of the Faculty of Arts (2009-2016) She is Professor In the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Prior to her appointment as Dean, she was the Executive Director for Humanities and Creative Arts at the Australian Research Council (ARC) in Canberra. She has been a member of the ARC’s Asia Pacific Futures network and the Cultural Research network.

In 2014, Krishna was appointed to the Reference Group of the New Colombo Plan under Minister Julie Bishop. She is also a member of the Hawke Research Institute Advisory Board.

Krishna graduated from the University of Calcutta with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in History. She completed a Masters in International Relations from Jadavpur University and a PhD in Politics from Monash University in Melbourne. She is an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary Indonesian and media studies and is fluent in several South and Southeast Asian languages. She has acted as a consultant to major international agencies on Human Rights in Indonesia.

Krishna was a founding member of Murdoch University's Asia Research Centre and served on its international advisory board for many years. She has written extensively on Indonesia, including Indonesian Cinema: Framing the New Order (Zed, London, 1994); Media, Culture and Politics in Indonesia (co-authored, OUP Australia, 2000) and The Internet in Indonesia's New Democracy (co-authored, Routledge, London, NY, 2005). She is also editor of several monographs including the highly cited Gender and Power in Affluent Asia (co-edited with Maila Stivens, Routledge 1998) and is a member of editorial boards of several international refereed journals.


Indonesian Media
Indonesian Cinema
Gender Studies



Research expertise keywords

  • Indonesian media, gender and culture


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