About me
Annisa R. Beta

I’m a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia. My research is broadly concerned with youth, new media, and political subjectivity in Southeast Asia.

Before I moved to Melbourne,

I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cultural Research Centre, Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore from 2018 to 2019.


I received my Ph.D. from National University of Singapore in 2018. Before finishing my doctoral degree, I was a Visiting Student Researcher at University of California Berkeley in 2016. My M.A. and B.A. were from Universitas Indonesia.

I have written and published about young  women in Indonesia

and their extraordinary influence in shifting ideals of piety, socio-political participation, and citizenship. I’ve discussed their stylish appearances and popularity as hijabers. I’ve looked into their role as ‘religious influencers’ to meld Islamic virtues, commerce, and politics. They are active digital citizens capable of mobilizing political support for presidential candidates. I propose that young Muslim women are important members of what I call ‘intimate Muslimah public’


With Marissa Saraswati, I wrote about the urgency for a new framework for us as researchers to ‘know responsibly’ in order to understand and appreciate the complexity of Indonesian girls and young women’s lives.

I am currently working on a book project

tentatively titled Not Quite Political: Young Muslim Women and Politics of Visibility. The book traces an emerging feminine and pious political subjectivity in Indonesia, reconfigured and represented by young Muslim women’s groups.