2016 Arryman Fellows
Originally from Palembang, Syarif studied for his bachelor’s degree in Communication Science at Padjadjaran University in Bandung. Supported by a scholarship from the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, he received his master’s degree with merit from the University of Birmingham’s School of Government and Society. His thesis was entitled, “The Production of Religious Identity in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia.” Prior to applying to the Arryman program, Syarif worked as a public affairs consultant at MediaComm in Jakarta as a social and policy analyst and a government relations officer. He plans to study in the sociology department at NU with a research project on reinventing Sufi authority, with a focus on the Tariqah Alawiyah and Hadrami communities in Palembang
Aulia Dwi Nastiti
Aulia did her bachelor’s degree in the Department of Communication at the University of Indonesia, where she is currently a researcher and junior lecturer in media studies. She completed her master’s entitled, “Culture and Cultural Polity in a Globalized Context: The Case of Indonesia,” at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in the Faculté des Langues et Cultures Étrangères. Aulia pursued these studies in France as a winner of prestigious scholarships from the Boursiers du Gouvernement Français (BGF) and Beasiswa Unggulan from the Indonesian Ministry of Education. She intends to study in Northwestern’s Political Science Department, focusing her research on how new “digital middleman” technologies such as Uber are changing the political economy of commodification, labor, and power across a range of societies.
Bahram grew up in Bima on the island of Sumbawa. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Jember, writing a thesis focused on women’s rights in the United States and the 2013 repeal of the Pentagon’s combat exclusion policy. Major honors Bahram has received include being named the “National Best Speaker” in the 2013 National University Debating Championship, hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Education. He was also the commencement valedictorian at the 2014 graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Social and Political Science at the University of Jember. He plans to study in Northwestern’s Anthropology Department with a focus on women’s struggles against male domination in Indonesian Islam and Christianity.
After attaining her bachelor’s degree at Bandung’s Institute of Technology, where she achieved distinction on the Dean’s List at the School of Life Science and Technology, Mirna continued her studies at the master’s level at Uppsala University’s International Health Program in the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. She participated in a rape prevention campaign in Jaipur, India through a student volunteer organization called “War Against Rape.” She plans to study in Northwestern’s Department of Sociology with a focus on sexual reproductive health and rights, and the state’s efforts to regulate sexuality particularly among women and adolescents.
Ririn Radiawati Kusuma
Born in Yogyakarta, Ririn received her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Universitas Islam Indonesia studying culture and psychology. As a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Li Ka Shing Scholarship, she pursued her master’s degree at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Her thesis examined solid waste management efforts in The Philippines. She remained at NUS where she did research for the Asia Competitiveness Institute. Most recently she worked for merdeka.com as a news coordinator for Channel News Asia. She plans to study in the Political Science Department at Northwestern, with a focus on the intersection of new information technologies, new freedoms in emerging democracies, and rising intolerance.
Sari Damar Ratri
Sari’s undergraduate degree was from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Indonesia. She pursued her master’s degree in medical anthropology and sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Her thesis was entitled, “Productivity Promises, Precarious Realities: An Ethnographic Study of Harm Reduction Implementation In Indonesia.” She received a research grant from Chemical Youth Project funded by European Research Council. Sari was also the 1st prize winner of ISRSF’s national women’s essay competition in 2014. Currently she is an associate researcher at the University of Indonesia’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies, where she works on reproductive health and Indonesian youth. She plans to continue her studies in this field in Northwestern’s Department of Anthropology.
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