Winthrop Professor Krishna Sen is Dean of the Faculty of Arts 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, a longstanding assessor for the ARC and a member of the ARC College of Experts.
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 (with David Hill, OUP Australia, 2000) and The Internet in Indonesia's New Democracy (with David Hill, 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.