PhD Communications and Information
MA International Affairs
BA English Education

BackgroundMuchtar Bio

Nurhaya Muchtar is an associate professor in the Department of Communications Media. Her fields of interest are international global media and communication, international journalism, feminism, and media and qualitative research. Professor Muchtar teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes. For undergraduate classes, she teaches global media and communication, women in media, research writing, and television feature production; while for doctoral classes, she teaches intercultural communication and doctoral seminar. In her classes, she believes in connecting theories and practices through exposure to the real world scenarios.

Professor Muchtar has published papers in Journalism Practice, Journalism Studies, International Communication Gazette and Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. She has served on the university-wide curriculum committee and senate committee. In the College of Education, she has served as a member of the research committee and the diversity and inclusion committee.

Prior to her tenure years, professor Muchtar worked for a number of international organizations for development initiative projects in Indonesia and East Timor that included media training for journalists and managers as well as peace reporting during conflicts. She also worked as a freelance news assistant for a number of news organizations such as the Associated Press, Swedish TV, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She also worked as temporary staff for Voice of America in Washington DC assisting radio and television news.

Currently, professor Muchtar has been one of the principal investigators with the Worlds of Journalism Study, an organization based in Munich Germany representing journalism and communication professors from about 70 countries around the world. She is also a chair of an academic organization called Asian Society of International Relations and Public Affairs (ASIRPA) with primary activities in holding annual conference as well as an online journal.