Research Areas

Women's political participation in Indonesia; Women and Islam


M.A., Brandeis University

B.A., Airlangga University (Indonesia)


Women and Youth Development Institute of Indonesia

Centre for Political Studies

Constitutional Court

Women's Learning Partnership

Parliamentary Centre



Partai Demokrat

Siti Nurjanah

Siti Nurjanah

Siti Nurjanah

In 1995, she co-founded the Institute for the Study of Religion and Democracy (eLSAD) and in 2009, she co-founded Women and Youth Development Institute of Indonesia, both based in Surabaya, Indonesia. Ms. Nurjanah has written for the Indonesian press and has worked as a reporter for Voice of America’s Indonesian. In 2009, she was awarded a prestigious fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) for her research on “The Rise of Political Islam: Threats or Opportunities for Indonesian Women?”

Current Projects

The barrier for women’s representation from the status quo from the political parties as well as the other ‘democratic institutions” are immanent and stubborn. My research question is under what kind of political conditions could parties offer tangible leverage for transparent mechanism to empowerment of female politicians?

Representative Publications

“Female Candidates Preparing to Fulfill Quota Promise” By Erma Susanti, Felippa Amanta, and Siti Nurjanah, 

“Megawati’s silence truly is golden,”