Andi Herawati is originally from Makassar. She is currently pursuing her PhD work in Religious/Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) at Indiana University, Bloomington. She was inspired to follow that field of study because of her interest in the many Muslim thinkers and artistic creators whose works helped to support such an inclusive, diverse, tolerant and creative understanding of Islam for centuries across much of Asia, including Indonesia. She plans to conduct her research on contemporary creative and innovative developments supporting Muslim women’s spiritual lives in both the US. and Indonesia, especially the ways that new resources and communities are being creatively adapted today to support Muslim women’s spiritual lives in ways that transcend traditional boundaries. Upon completing her doctorate, she hopes to apply these studies in both university teaching and wider practical efforts concerning women, religion and culture in Indonesia.
Herawati earned her bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Hasanuddin University, Makassar and her master’s degree in Islamic Studies, with a concentration in Islamic Mysticism/Tasawwuf, at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS) Jakarta. Prior to her Fulbright award, she is a lecturer at Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Islam (STFI) Sadra, and as executive editor for the journal Kanz Philosophia.