Kaja McGowan

Director of the Southeast Asia Program
Kaja McGowan


Kaja McGowan is associate professor in the Department of History of Art. Her interests are South and Southeast Asia with emphasis on Indonesia, particularly Java and Bali (both historically Indic in orientation) studied in relation to the subcontinent. Having first begun her study of Balinese performing arts as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, one ongoing project has involved documenting the work of painters in Bali who experiment with depicting musical sound and the rhythmic motion of the dance in their work.

She is the author of Ida Bagus Made: Art of Devotion (Ratna Wartha Foundation, 2008) a volume honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the Puri Lukisan Museum in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, distributed by University of Hawaii Press. Due to its popular reception, she has been invited to write a second volume on the life and art of the world-renowned painter, sculptor and architect (undagi), I Gusti Nyoman Lempad.