Fitriani joins the Department of Politics and International Relations, CSIS in 2016. Broadly, her research focus includes defence and security in Asia Pacific, women in peace and security, non-traditional security, as well as Indonesia politics and foreign policy. She specialises in women's participation in international peacekeeping operation.
She has held research and visiting positions at the Philosophy and Political Science Faculty, Technical University of Dortmund in Germany; the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and Centre for Asian Studies, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. She has taught security and defence management, gender and security, and research methodology at the Indonesian Defence University, Parahyangan Catholic University, Paramadina University and Bina Nusantara University. She is part of Indonesia Security Sector Reform (SSR) Working Group with Institute of Defence, Security and Peace Studies, and together with Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces published the Almanac on Human Rights and Indonesia SSR 2009 and 2014.
She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Security and Defence Studies from Cranfield University, Shrivenham Campus, UK. She received an additional executive education at the US Department of Defense’s office of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. She holds a BA in Social and Political Science, majoring in International Relations, from University of Indonesia and an MA in Defense Studies from Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia.