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Suzanne A. Brenner

Suzanne A. Brenner
  • Office: SSB 262
    Mail Code: 0532
Suzanne A. Brenner, Associate Professor, received her PhD from Cornell University. She is a sociocultural anthropologist who specializes in the study of gender and social transformation. Her recent work focuses in particular on the intersections of gender, sexuality, religion, and politics in Indonesia and the United States. She has studied the Islamic movement in Indonesia, looking especially at women’s involvement in the movement, and how issues of gender, religion, and morality have become focal points of Indonesia’s contemporary social and political changes and tensions. Her current research, based in the U.S., explores conservative Christian views of marriage and morality and the cultural and religious rifts that have emerged over the issue of same-sex marriage.
Brenner is the author of The Domestication of Desire: Women, Wealth, and Modernity in Java (Princeton 1998: winner of the Harry J. Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies). She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Marriage and Morality in America.


Marriage and Morality in America. Book manuscript in preparation.

“The Ethics of Marriage in American Evangelicalism.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 28, 414-31. 2022. 

“Private Moralities in the Public Sphere: Democratization, Islam, and Gender in Indonesia.” American Anthropologist 113(3): 478-490. 2011.

“Holy Matrimony? The Print Politics of Polygamy in Indonesia.” In Islam and Popular Culture in Indonesia and Malaysia, edited by Andrew Weintraub. Pp. 212-234. New York: Routledge. 2011.

“Democracy, Polygamy, and Women in Post-Reformasi Indonesia.” Social Analysis 50(1): 164-170. 2006.

"Islam and Gender Politics in Late New Order Indonesia." In Spirited Politics: Religion and the Public Sphere in Contemporary Southeast Asia, edited by Kenneth George and Andrew Willford. Pp. 93-118. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications. 2005.

"Reconstructing Self and Society: Javanese Muslim Women and 'the Veil.'" American Ethnologist 23(4): 673-697. 1996.

"Why Women Rule the Roost: Rethinking Javanese Ideologies of Gender and Self-Control." In Bewitching Women, Pious Men: Gender and Body Politics in Southeast Asia, edited by Aihwa Ong and Michael Peletz. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1995. Pp. 19-50