Alexandra Diyana Sastrawati

alexandra SastrawatiAlexandra Diyana Sastrawati holds a MA in Sociocultural Anthropology with a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from University of Texas at Austin and a BA (Honors) in Sociology with a certificate in Creative Writing from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. While at University of Texas at Austin, she was a fellow of the Urban Ethnography Lab in the Department of Sociology and an affiliate of Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Social Justice in the School of Law. Her MA research focused specifically on depression as a manifestation and a creative force in queer performance poetry, and how performance poets, while living with stigma of mental illness and queerness in Singapore, build political coalitions out of the affective—and opaque—material of their lives. Prior to starting her graduate studies, Sastrawati was a research executive at a social service organization, and has worked on various research projects at National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University. She will be presenting her research at the American Anthropological Association and the Asian American Psychological Association this year. Lately, she is interested in theories of violence, resistance, and worldmaking.