My Story

I was born and raised in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I lived in Indonesia for the first 25 years of my live. As a Javanese, I learned classical Javanese dances since I was 6 years old and I still do it until now. Through the dance I maintained my connection with Javanese culture and identity. Yet I also want to share this culture with others through my performance, courses and research. I have taught several study abroad courses to Indonesia, including those focusing on performing arts in Java and Bali. Through these courses I have opportunities to not only share my experience and perspectives but also to invite students to come to the country to directly experience the diverse Indonesian cultural elements. I strive to serve as a cultural bridge to increase awareness and decrease misleading assumptions of others and Warren Wilson has given me the opportunity to do this.

As one of Indonesia’s “Traveling World Class Professors,” Warren Wilson College professor Siti Kusujiarti is building a collaborative research partnership with Jenderal Soedirman University faculty members.
Siti Kusujiarti
siti with students


  • B.A. in Sociology, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • M.A. in Sociology, University of Kentucky, KY.
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Kentucky, KY.

Research Interests

  • Gender and Development
  • Southeast Asian topics, especially Indonesia
  • Rural and Environmental Sociology
  • Sociology of Disaster

Courses Taught

  • SOC 2510: Societies in Southeast Asia
  • SOC 3250: Gender, Development and the Environment
  • SOC 2110: The Family

Crews and Other Activities

  • Board of Directors of ASIANetwork consortium
  • Community engagement with my courses, especially working with Owen Middle School

Contact Dr. Kusujiarti

(828) 771-3703
Boon 118
WWC CPO 6138

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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