Dr. Nourse studied Indonesian at Cornell University, UC Berkeley and Satya Wacana University and has conducted fieldwork in Sulawesi, Indonesia (Southeast Asia) and Bassarel, Guinea-Bissau (West Africa). In addition to numerous articles and presentations, Dr. Nourse's book, Conceiving Spirits: Birth Rituals and Contested Identities Among Lauje of Indonesia was published in the Fall of 1999 by Smithsonian Press.
In addition to articles and presentations on her research topics she has appeared on Indonesian talk shows and world news programs to discuss changing attitudes in the history of marriage and problems with issues in sex trafficking.
Fertility and Birth Control Choices Among Women in Indonesia and Turkey
Child Sexual Abuse Accusations in Contested Divorce Cases
Political Autonomy and Ethnic Identity in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia