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Ella S. Prihatini

Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Binus University

Ella S. Prihatini is a lecturer in International Relations at Bina Nusantara (BINUS) University (Indonesia) and an honorary research fellow at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies (CMSS) University of Western Australia (UWA). Her PhD thesis investigates women’s parliamentary representation in Indonesia. She holds a BA in International Relations (University of Gadjah Mada/UGM, Yogyakarta) and Master of Development Practice (University of Queensland/UQ, Brisbane). Her research interests focus on women’s political participation, gender studies of Asia, young voters, and social media usage in politics. Ella published her works in Politics & Gender, Parliamentary Affairs, Contemporary Politics, and Women’s Studies International Forum. In September 2019, she was listed by The Australian newspaper as Australia’s top 40 researchers who are less than 10 years into their careers.

Her book chapter titled "Women in Politics" (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung/KAS) examines gender inequality in political institutions, particularly in Asian countries. In an upcoming book chapter (Routledge), she explains the progress of women's substantive representation in Indonesian national parliament (DPR) following the fall of Suharto's authoritarianism regime.

Currently, Ella is working on political dynasties in parliament, gender and ambassadorial appointment, digital diplomacy, as well as a variety of other projects. Her research used different methods, including qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), elite interview, focus group discussion (FGD), media tracking, social network analysis (SNA), and survey.


  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, Bina Nusantara (Binus) University
  • 2015–2019
    PhD, The University of Western Australia


  • 2019 
    University of Western Australia, Ph.D.
  • 2010 
    University of Queensland, Master of Development Practice (Adv)
  • 2004 
    University of Gadjah Mada, Bachelor degree


  • 2022
    Advances in Southeast Asian Studies, Gender in Academic Journals: Experience from Indonesia
  • 2022
    Routledge, Substantive Representation of Women in Indonesia (book chapter)
  • 2022
    Parliamentary Affairs, Gender, Political Dynasties, and Committee Assignments: Evidence from Indonesia
  • 2021
    Social Science Quarterly, Young voters and political participation in Indonesia: Revisiting a marriage gap
  • 2020
    Politics & Gender, Islam, Parties, and Women's Political Nomination in Indonesia
  • 2020
    Women's Studies International Forum, Women and social media during legislative elections in Indonesia
  • 2019
    Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, Political Parties and Participation: Indonesia
  • 2019
    Parliamentary Affairs, Explaining Gender Gaps in Indonesian Legislative Committees
  • 2019
    Women's Studies International Forum, Women Who Win in Indonesia: The Impact of Age, Experience, and List Position
  • 2019
    Ex Aequo, Gender quotas in Indonesia: Re-examining the role of international NGOs
  • 2019
    Women's Studies International Forum, Women's views and experiences of accessing National Parliament: Evidence from Indonesia
  • 2018
    Women's Studies International Forum, Indonesian young voters: Political knowledge and electing women into parliament
  • 2018
    Asian Social Science, On The Same Page? Support for Gender Quotas among Indonesian Lawmakers
  • 2018
    Contemporary Politics, Women’s representation in Asian parliaments: a QCA approach

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Women and Ambassadorial Appointments in Indonesia
    Funding Source:
    Bina Nusantara (BINUS) University

Professional Memberships

  • Asosiasi Ilmu Hubungan Internasional Indonesia (AIHII)