Aswarini, Ni Made Frischa

Teaching Assistant

Ni Made Frischa Aswarini is a Fulbright scholar from Indonesia who is pursuing a Master’s degree in US History at UW-Milwaukee. For her thesis, she is interested in studying Southeast Asian women in Milwaukee, particularly Hmong American women’s experiences and their community organizations. In 2016-2021, she worked as a research assistant for Anne-Lot Hoek, a Dutch historian and journalist, for an independent project focused on colonial violence and resistance in Bali during the Indonesian independence struggle.

Frischa is also a poet and writer in Bahasa Indonesia. Her first book, Tanda bagi Tanya (GPU, 2017) was longlisted for 2018 Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa Award. Her poems have been translated into French for Le Banian journal (2016), and anthology Couleur Femme (Forum Jakarta-Paris & Alliance Française de Denpasar, 2011). Some poems appear in English for anthologies, including Happiness, The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry 2nd Edition (United Nations SRC Society of Writers 2017). She has been invited to several international literary festivals in Southeast Asia. In 2008, with three other writers, she wrote a biography of a prominent Balinese artist, Made Wianta, entitled Waktu Tuhan (Wianta Foundation, 2008).

She was an Indonesian delegate for Indonesia-Canada Youth Exchange Program (2014-2015); Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) ASEAN Education for the 21st Century Workshop in Bangkok (2015); YSEALI-University of Puget Sound collaborative research in Indonesia (2013); and others.


S.S. (equals B.A.) in History, Universitas Udayana, 2015

Teaching Experience

HIST 152: American History: 1877 to the Present
HIST 271: The 1960s in the United States: A Cultural History

Research Interests

Women’s and gender history
Southeast Asian studies
Asian American studies
Postcolonial feminism