Visiting Assistant Professor of the Interdisciplinary Study of Religions
Primary Academic Program: Interdisciplinary Study of Religions
Biography:Claire-Marie Hefner’s research is based in the largest Muslim-majority country in the world, Indonesia. Her interests lie in the study of gender, morality, education, embodiment, youth studies, and new media in the Muslim world. She has traveled to Indonesia almost every year since 1999. Her current book project, Achieving Islam: Women, Piety, and Moral Play in Indonesian Muslim Boarding Schools, is based on more than two years of ethnographic research in two Islamic schools for girls, where she lived, attended class, and spent time on leisure outings with students. Her recent publications have been featured in Asian Studies Review, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and American Ethnologist. She also has a background in classical Balinese dance and gamelan, from the Hindu-majority island of Bali, as well as classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi).
BA, cultural anthropology and Southeast Asian studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison; PhD, cultural anthropology, Emory University. At Bard since 2022.