Kendra Stepputat is Associated Professor at the Institute for Ethnomusicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. Born in Berlin, she completed her master's degree in comparative musicology, media and communication science (Freie Universität Berlin) and Southeast Asian studies (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) in 2003. As part of her studies, she completed a Darmasiswa scholarship year at the University of Indonesian Arts (ISI) in Denpasar, Bali. From 2003-2009 she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Music, Musicology Department, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. She has lived and worked in Graz since 2009, and in 2010 she completed her doctorate in ethnomusicology at KUG. From 2016-2019 she was the holder of an FWF-funded Elise-Richter research grant. Her main research interests are Balinese music and dance as well as tango argentino as a translocal culture (habilitation project), with a focus on choreomusicological research approaches.
Practical music and dance are an important part of her work and leisure time, for example the Balinese gamelan beleganjur, which she also teaches at the KUG Institute for Ethnomusicology.