Annisa M. P. Rochadiat

Graduate Research Assistant in Detroit, Michigan

Annisa is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication Studies and Graduate Research Assistant for the Social Media and Relational Technology Labs (SMARTLabs) at Wayne State University.

Prior to enrolling in the Ph.D. program in Fall 2015, Annisa had worked as a news reporter for Indonesia's oldest English daily, The Jakarta Post. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Southeast Asian Studies (2002) from the National University of Singapore (Singapore), a Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy (2006) from Leiden University (The Netherlands), as well as a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies (2015) from Wayne State University (USA).

Annisa's primary field of study is computer-mediated communication. Her research interests lie at the intersection of social computing technologies, personality, identity, and culture. Additionally, she is trained in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and is comfortable working in interdisciplinary and culturally-diverse settings.

As an aspiring social scientist, Annisa is currently intrigued by the role of social computing technologies in shaping the formation and perpetuation of contemporary expressions of identity among individuals who identify as Muslim and reside in predominantly non-Muslim societies, such as North America. Her past research includes the Muslim online matchmaking phenomenon and a study on implicit bias, media use, and the political attitudes of U.S. Muslims.

As a graduate teaching instructor, Annisa has had the privilege of teaching at the undergraduate level for three years as an instructor of record, guest lecturer, and teaching assistant in lower division courses on public speaking, communication research methods, and news writing. She believes in a co-constructed reflexive teaching style. As such, she aspires to invite students to engage in discussion and is not afraid to adjust her teaching to accommodate the needs of her students in meeting the learning outcomes. As a firm believer in student-centered collaboration, while subscribing to critical pedagogy, Annisa aims to expose her students to not only ideologically-diverse explorative conversations but also challenge them into considering the intersectional nature of identity and oppression, as well as the concept of privilege.

A Jakarta-native transplant in Detroit since 2013, Annisa considers herself an avid globetrotter, gourmand, and polyglot.

  • Work
    • Wayne State University
  • Education
    • MA in Communication Studies (Wayne State University)
    • BA in Political Science & Southeast Asian Studies (Nat'l Univ. of S'pore)
    • Leiden University