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Krishna Sen

Emeritus Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G19, Arts Building, Perth campus

    6009 Crawley


  • 15 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

Personal profile


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




  • Indonesian media, gender and culture

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Research Output 2004 2011

  • 15 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 4 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Edited book/Anthology
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Article

Introduction: Re-forming media in Indonesia's transition to democracy

Sen, K. 2011 Politics and Media in Twenty-First Century Indonesia: Decade of democracy. Sen, K. & Hill, D. T. (eds.). First ed. UK: Routledge, p. 1-12 (Media, cultue and social change in Asia)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Politics and the Media in Twenty-First Century Indonesia: Decade of democracy

Sen, K. & Hill, D. 2011 UK: Routledge.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

Mediating political transition in Asia

Sen, K. 2008 Political Regimes and the Media in Asia. Sen, K. & Lee, T. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 1-10

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

12 Citations

'Chinese' Indonesians in national cinema

Sen, K. 2006 In : Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. 7, 1, p. 171-184

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

film industry
political history

Indonesia: Screening a nation in the post-new order

Sen, K. 2006 Contemporary Asian Cinema: Popular Culture in a Global Frame. Ciecko, A. T. (ed.). Oxford, New York: Berg Publishers, p. 96-107

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)