Kadek Wara Urwasi plans to study urban sociology during her first year as an Arryman Fellow at Northwestern University. She is interested in the problem of social conflict and its roots in urban planning and design. Wara’s theoretical and research interests in this field come via her education in architecture. She took her first degree at Udayana University in Denpasar, Bali, and her master’s in architecture and urban design at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India (receiving First Class with Distinction). Wara is also an award winning writer and poet. Among the many scholarships and fellowships she has won, in 2012 she was awarded an Asian Public Intellectual (API) Fellowship from the Nippon Foundation to conduct research on the cultural landscape of urban design in Japan and Malaysia.
Sabina Satriyani Puspita plans to study comparative politics in Northwestern’s department of political science. Sabina’s facility in Indonesian, English, and especially Mandarin equips her with unique skills to conduct comparative research on countries in Southeast and Northeast Asia. Her interests lie at the intersection of democratization, political institutions, and representation. She is especially fascinated with the role of the modern ombudsman, an institution created in China over 2,000 years ago by rulers of the Qin and Han dynasties. Sabina perfected her command of Mandarin during her studies at Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, where she graduated with honors. She works in the Public Affairs Division of the Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Jakarta. She is eager to apply her skills and experience to her research focused on such diverse countries as Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Malaysia.
Yoes Chandra Kenawas will examine the recent emergence of oligarchic dynasties at the sub-national level in Indonesia. This is a first step toward his goal of producing broader comparative and theoretical insights in the literature on oligarchic and elite politics and their intersection with various forms of democracy. He arrived at this topic after first engaging in extensive research on democratization, party institutions, political communication, and elections (including as a consultant in political campaigns). Yoes did his undergraduate studies at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung, Indonesia. His master’s degree in Asian Studies is from the S. Rajaratman School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (which also gave him a prestigious Research Analyst Study Award). The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs named him a 1st Prize ASEAN-Indonesian Youth Ambassador. Yoes teaches at his almamater in Bandung and is also a research associate at the Centre for Innovation, Policy, and Governance in Jakarta.