Indiana University Bloomington

Jennifer Goodlander

Director, Southeast Asian and ASEAN Studies

Assistant Professor
Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

Jennifer Goodlander

Office: GISB 2007; Lee Norvell Theatre and Drama Center, A300C 
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Research Interests
Prof. Goodlander focuses on Asian performance as it intersects with gender studies, ethnography, performance studies, visual culture and museum studies, postcolonial theory, and transnational circuits of performance.

Area Involvement
Prof . Goodlander has received many grants and fellowships for her performance work and research on Southeast Asian performance, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Indonesia and funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her past research focused on women and traditional performance in Bali, especially “wayang kulit” or shadow puppetry, about which she recently completed a book manuscript tentatively called: Women in the Shadows: Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali. Currently she is researching how theatre, especially puppetry, articulates identities within urban Southeast Asia and the diaspora—this book, called Puppets and Cities: Articulating Identity in Southeast Asia is under contract with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. Jennifer is also the president for the Association of Asian Performance (2017-2019).

Recent Awards

  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University (2017): In recognition of excellence and innovation in teaching.
  • American Society of Theatre Research (ASTR) Targeted Research Fellowship (2015): Financial support to research puppetry as social practice in Cambodia.
  • Fellow, Khmer Studies Center, Khmer Language and Culture Study Program, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Summer, 2014): Financial support to study Khmer language and culture.
  • Group Performance Award (2014): Award recognizing excellence for group performance at the 2014 UNIMA Asia-Pacific First International Puppetry Festival in Nanchong, China. For my performance of the Balinese wayang kulit, or shadow puppet performance of Dimba and Dimbi.

Recent Publications

  • Women in the Shadows: Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2016.
  • Wayang Tantri in Bali: “Inventing” Tradition in a Changing World:.”—invited article for Journal of Southeast Asian Performing and Fine Arts (SPAFA – old series) through the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education, SEAMO 23.1(2016): 1-23.
  • “Negotiating Gender and Tradition: A Woman Dalang Performs Wayang Lemah in Bali”TDR. 60.1(2016): 50-66.
  • “Sbeik Thom at the Season of Cambodia Festival: Performing Memory after the Killing Fields in a Post 9/11 New York City” Theatre Research International. 41.1(2016): 40-52.
  • Routledge Handbook on Asian Theatre. “Modern Theatre in Laos”: 359-361. “Case Study: Indonesian Dalang” (co-authored with Ashley Robertson): 430-436. “Traditional Performance in Modern and Contemporary Times: Southeast Asia”: 497-503. Provided review comments for the section on “Contemporary Theatre in Cambodia.” Edited by Siyuan Liu. New York: Routledge, 2016.