Dr. Azalia Muchransyah is a filmmaker, writer, and scholar from Indonesia. She received her Ph.D. in Media Study from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY) in 2021. Dr. Muchransyah’s research interests revolve around the intersections of media study, film study, film production, documentary and its hybrid forms, HIV study, feminist study, and activism, specifically in Indonesia.
Her dissertation investigates alternative modes in documentary media production and distribution to highlight the paradoxes of HIV advocacy in Indonesia from the perspective of media ecology. A two-time Fulbright grantee, Dr. Muchransyah received funding and support from The Gender Institute's Isabel S. Marcus International Research Fellowship and the Mark Diamond Research Fund from The Graduate Student Association at the University at Buffalo to complete her doctorate. Her research has already begun to garner awards, including the UB Three Minute Dissertation Award.
In the past, she published a paper on the framing of Bali Bombing in the media and co-authored two other published papers on HIV care in Indonesian prison settings. Dr. Muchransyah uses her filmmaking practice as her scholarly explorative mode and has showcased her films internationally in academic conferences, film festivals, and alternative screening venues. Her scholarly research and media practice continue to challenge dominant, repressive, and Eurocentric media discourses and to raise awareness and encourage media activism about HIV in Indonesia and globally.
Scholarships / Fellowships
FUTURE NOW Mentoring Program with mentor Greg Rhem, 2020
UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholars Mentoring Circles Program
with mentor Victoria-Idongesit Udondian, 2020
Climate Reality Leader at The Climate Reality Project, 2020
Majority Leader with Supermajority Education Fund, 2020
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholar, 2019-2021
Sustainability Change Agent Fellow / Education and Leadership Fellow in Sustainability,
University at Buffalo (SUNY), Buffalo, NY, 2019
Social Impact Fellow, University at Buffalo (SUNY), Buffalo, NY, 2019
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) Diversity Scholar, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 2019
DIKTI-funded Fulbright Ph.D. grant, 2017
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Indonesia Scholarship, 2013
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) for School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, USA, 2011-2012
British Council Full-Scholarship for Magister Degree Study at Terrorism in International Security Major, Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Universitas Indonesia, 2010
Telkomsel High-School Scholarship for Writing Achievement, 2004
Research Grants
 Gender Institute’s 2020 Isabel S. Marcus International Research Fellowship, University at Buffalo, 2020,
for conducting field dissertation research in Indonesia.
Graduate Student Association Mark Diamond Research Fund, University at Buffalo, 2020,
for conducting dissertation research.
The Asian Studies Program Research Award Grant, University at Buffalo, 2019,
for presenting at The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) 2020 Annual Conference, Boston, MA, USA.*
[*Canceled due to COVID-19]
Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, University at Buffalo, 2018,
for presenting at The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) 2020 Annual Conference, Boston, MA, USA.*
[*Canceled due to COVID-19]
The Asian Studies Program Conference Registration Grant, University at Buffalo, 2018,
for presenting at New York Conference on Asian Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA.
Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, University at Buffalo, 2018,
for presenting at New York Conference on Asian Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA.
Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, University at Buffalo, 2018,
for attending Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Toronto, Canada.
Nila T. Gnamm Junior Faculty Research Fund 2017/2018,
for the research on “Film as Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Intervention Method among HIV-Infected Prisoners in Indonesia.”*
[*Canceled due to technical issues]
American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) Henry Luce Foundation Grants for Indonesian Researchers, 2015,
for the research on “Using Film as a Social Marketing Strategy to Improve Acceptance of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)
Among HIV-Infected Prisoners in Indonesia.”
BINUS University International Internal Research Grant, 2015,
for the research on “Using Film as a Social Marketing Strategy to Improve Acceptance of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)
Among HIV-Infected Prisoners in Indonesia.”
BINUS University International Internal Conference Grant, 2015,
for the research on “The Framing of Bali Bombing One in the Media:
“Long Road to Heaven” and National Geographic's “Seconds from Disasters: The Bali Bombing (Disco Bombing).””
Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP) Thesis Scholarship, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, 2013,
for the research on “The Intelligence Success of Operation Neptune Spear:
A Comparison with the Intelligence Failure Cases of 9/11 and Iraq's WMD.”


Academic Talks/Conferences/
Symposia/Workshops
Social Justice Works-in-Progress Series
April 29, 2021
presenting excerpts from "HIV Para-Doc: Media Activism and the Paradoxes of HIV Advocacy in Indonesia"
Site/Seeing: Sites of Spectatorship
Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Student Conference at the University of Chicago, April 23-24, 2021, Chicago, IL,
presenting a paper on "The Spatial Politic of Alternative Screening Venues for Activist Films in Indonesia"
as part of "Activist Sites" panel session.
[poster below]
3rd North American PhD by Design Symposium 2021
April 5-10, 2021
presenting a talk on "HIV Para-Doc: Media Activism and the Paradoxes of HIV Advocacy in Indonesia
"Digital Activism in and Outside the Classroom" Work-In-Progress Workshop
by Global Digital Humanities working group in the Central New York Humanities Corridor

March 20 - April 2, 2021,
workshopping the Introduction Chapter of "HIV Para-Doc: Media Activism and the Paradoxes of HIV Advocacy in Indonesia"
[poster below]
Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies,
hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, January 15-17, 2021,
presenting a paper on "Gender in Contemporary Indonesian Cinema"
as a part of "Gender on Screen " panel session.
Hindsight is 20/20: How Popular Culture Writes, Rewrites, and Unwrites History,
Wayne State University Pop Culture Conference, March 27-29, 2020, Detroit, MI,
presenting a paper on "Causality Dilemma: How Cinema Serves as A History-Making Tool in Indonesia.”

[video below]

Association for Asian Studies 2020 Annual Conference, March 19-22, 2020, Boston, MA,
presenting a paper on "Gender in Contemporary Indonesian Cinema"
as a part of "Gender and Social Change in Asian Popular Cultures" panel session.*
[*Canceled due to COVID-19]
29th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference, University at Buffalo, SUNY, March 6-7, 2020,
presenting a paper on "Representation and Agency of Postcolonial Bodies in Indonesia.”
Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders 10th Annual Graduate Conference, Saturday, April 13, 2019,
Department of English, Binghamton University, Theme: Minor(ity) Texts: Formalizing Resistance,
Session B Panel #1: Challenging the Dominant and Mainstream Narrative in Indonesia: From Resistance to Alternative,
presenting a paper on "Gradual Disappearance of National Cinema: Reconstructing Indonesian Films in the 21st Century."
New York Conference on Asian Studies, September 21-22, 2018, Rochester Institute of Technology, presenting a paper on "Designing Hybrid Documentary Film for HIV Education in Indonesian Prisons."
The Seventh Annual Behavior and Brain Sciences Symposium, June 1, 2018, Center for Tomorrow,
University at Buffalo North Campus, presenting a paper on
"Using Media for Good: Why Media is Essential for Awareness Campaigns in the 21st Century."
Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Toronto, Canada, 2018,
Auditor for "New Approaches to Film Aesthetic" Seminar.
25th Annual GSE Student Research Symposium, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY), Poster Presentation of "AIDS Media: An HIV Edutainment Design for Prison Populations.”
The Twelfth Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference, International Conference Center, Hiroshima, Japan, 2017, Virtual Lightning Talk on "The Depiction of Love and Technology in Film Adaptation through Time and Space: Comparison Analysis of Miklos Laszlo’s play 'Parfumerie' in Its Adaptation Films 'The Shop around the Corner,' 'In the Good Old Summertime,' and 'You’ve Got Mail.'"
[video below]
The Tenth Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference, University of Split, Split, Croatia, 2015, presenting a paper on
"The Framing of Bali Bombing One in the Media: 'Long Road to Heaven' and National Geographic's 'Seconds from Disasters: The Bali Bombing (Disco Bombing)'."
International Conference on Sustainable Development, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 2013, presenting 3 (three) papers on: 1. "Identity Factor on the Act of 2002 Bali Bombing Terrorists" (as a Guest Speaker); 2. "Deprivation: How Globalization Trigs Terrorism in Indonesia;" and 3. "Potential Threat of Indonesian REDD+ Mitigation Scheme Against Indigenous People of Toro, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia."
The Third IAFOR Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences (ACP) 2013, Osaka, Japan, 2013, presenting a paper on "The Level of Social Bond among Indonesian Higher-Education Students Who Access Facebook."
4th Annual Graduate Conference on Asia, Arizona State University, USA, 2011, presenting a paper on
"Potential Threat of Indonesian REDD+ Mitigation Scheme Against Indigenous People of Toro, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia."
7th Cornell-Yale Northeastern Conference on Indonesia, Cornell University, USA, 2011, presenting a paper on
"The Level of Social Bond among Indonesian Higher-Education Students Who Access Facebook."
"Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asia," Project Southeast Asia, St. Anthony’s College, University of Oxford, England, 2012.
"Language Ideologies in Indonesia," Yale Indonesia Forum, Yale University, USA, 2012.
Harvard National Model United Nations, representing Niger on the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2009.
Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations Academic Conference, Malaysia, 2008.
Organizational Experiences
Mentor, UB Films, 2019.
Treasurer, UB Group for International Graduate Students, 2019-Now.
Associate Scientist (Ilmuwan Madya), International Indonesian Scholars Association
(Ikatan Ilmuwan Indonesia Internasional / I-4), 2019-Now.
Mentor, Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success
by The State University of New York & University at Buffalo / Binghamton University #EmTechMOOC at Coursera.com,
2019-Now.
Member, Graduate Students of Color / Minority Graduate Student Association, 2019-Now.
Member, Media Study Grievance Committee, University at Buffalo, 2018-Now.
Member, Media Study Graduate Student Association, 2018-Now.
Member, UB Group for International Graduate Students, 2018-2019.
President, Media Study Graduate Student Association, 2017-2018.
President Director, Student Association of Terrorism Studies, Universitas Indonesia, 2012-2013.
Founder and Researcher, Center for Indonesian Terrorism Studies, 2011-2013.
President, Danamon Young Leaders Award Community, 2008-2009.
Head of Delegates, Universitas Indonesia Team, Harvard National Model United Nation, 2009.
Professional Memberships
Palah 파랗 Light Lab, Cohort Member, 2021-Now.
NYC Women Filmmakers, Member, 2021-Now.
International Documentary Association, Student Member, 2020-Now.
Center for Asian American Media, CAAM Friend Member, 2020-Now.
Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, Artist Member, 2020-Now.
Brown Girls Doc Media, Member, 2020-Now.
Sundance Co//ab, Community Member, 2020-Now.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Family Membership, 2020-Now.
Southeast Asian Media Studies Association, Individual Member, 2020-Now.
The New Media Caucus (NMC), Member, 2018-Now.
Association for Asian Studies, Member, 2019-2020.
University Film and Video Association, Member, 2019-2020.
Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Member, 2016-2018.
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network, Member, 2015-2018.
Community Services
Volunteer as a Documentary Film Reviewer at Austin Film Festival, 2020.
Volunteer as a Film Reviewer at Wildscreen Festival, 2020.
Volunteer as Mentor for Fulbright AMINEF FLTA program, 2020.
Volunteer as a Film and Screenplay Reviewer at DC Shorts Film Festival, 2016-2020.
Volunteer as Film Screening Juror and Papers & Panels Reviewer for
the University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference, 2019-2020.
Volunteer for EuroMedia Review Committee, 2018-2019.
Volunteer as Mentor for Indonesia Mengglobal, June-October 2018.
Volunteer for UB International Fall 2018 Student Orientation, Fall 2018. 
Volunteer as English Teacher to Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) at Voice of Singapore’s Invisible Hands, May-October 2018.
Volunteer at Trimania, 14 April 2018.
Volunteer at Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference, 14-18 March 2018.
Volunteer at Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center’s Peepshow: Scary-Oke!, 21 October 2017.
Volunteer at Reading Partners in Washington, D.C., USA, 2011-2012.
Volunteer at AFS Bina Antarbudaya Chapter Bogor, 2002-2016.
Volunteer at Yayasan Keluarga Istimewa Indonesia (YKII), 2009-2011.
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