Visiting Assistant Professor of the Interdisciplinary Study of Religions
Primary Academic Program: Religion
Biography:Claire-Marie Hefner’s research bridges theoretical debates in the anthropology of Islam, morality, and education. Based on two years of field research, her dissertation-turned-book manuscript is an ethnographic study of women’s achievement and moral learning in two Islamic boarding schools for girls in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Achieving Islam: Women, Piety, and Moral Play in Indonesian Muslim Boarding Schools examines how Muslim young women learn and engage with what it means to be pious, educated, and modern. Prior to coming to Bard, she held a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research to support the completion of the book. Honors also include an American Institute for Indonesian Studies / Council of American Overseas Research Centers Fellowship; Wenner-Gren Engaged Anthropology grant and graduate research fellowship; National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship; and National Academy of Education / Spencer Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Professor Hefner previously taught at Florida State University and Manhattanville College. Her courses covered subjects such as cultural anthropology, gender and sexuality, Islam, religion and new media, ethnographic writing, and Southeast Asian studies. She is the author of articles in American Ethnologist, Journal for the Royal Anthropological Institute, and Asian Studies Review; and chapters in the edited volumes Anthropological Perspectives on Student Futures: Youth and the Politics of Possibility and Between the Mountain and the Sea: Positioning Indonesia.
BA, University of Wisconsin–Madison; PhD, Emory University. At Bard since 2022.