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Katia Chaterji

Ph.D. Student

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B.A., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2011
M.A., History, University of Washington, 2017

I am a graduate student in the Department of History specializing in Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia in the context of the Indian Ocean world. I study the role of mythology, performance, and the built environment in creating, transforming, and adapting cultural landscapes and in making connections with our past. My research fields cover insular and mainland Southeast Asia, trade and migration of the Indian Ocean, Islam, and Asian American music and dance traditions. I currently serve as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of History.

I study Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) here at the UW, and joined the Critical Language Scholarship Program at Universitas Negeri Malang (East Java) in summer 2016. There, I studied Balinese dance and Javanese martial arts alongside language. On campus, I perform with the UW gamelan ensemble, and have participated in music, dance, and theater residencies with visiting artists, including physical theater group Payung Hitam and visiting Sundanese artists.