The Irwin professorship supports the needs and interests of women at Hamilton College. It was established by Jane Irwin Droppa, a 1975 Kirkland College graduate, in memory of her mother, and then transferred to Hamilton College when the two colleges joined in 1978.
In addition to teaching as an assistant professor of women's studies at the University of Washington, Sunindyo has been a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she earned her master's degree in 1984 and her Ph.D. in 1993. Her Drs. degree was awarded in 1982 from the Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta.
Much of Sunindyo's research and teaching centers on comparative women's movements, race, class, sexuality and the social order. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Association of American University Women Educational Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the University of Wisconsin, and was nominated for a distinguished teaching award at the University of Washington.
Her doctoral dissertation, "She Who Earns: The Politics of Prostitution in Java," is currently under review to be published in book form, and her poetry has been published in several journals in her native Indonesia.