Stella Aleida Hutagalung
Stella Aleida Hutagalung holds a doctorate in Anthropology from the Australian National University (ANU), Australia. Her PhD thesis titled “Being Muslim in a Christian Town: Variety, Practices and Renewal” offers an ethnographic study of various practices of Islam in Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur, that examine the history of the Muslim communities, their mosques, and their leaders’ efforts to preserve the Islamic traditions, how Muslim communities deal with pressures for religious change, and their interaction with the Christian majority. She obtained her MPhil in Anthropology from University of Bergen, Norway, with the thesis titled “Mending the Shards: Women’s Experiences During and After the Ambon Conflict” which examines the roles of women in peacebuilding in post-conflict Ambon. Her undergraduate degree in Sociology was from the University of Indonesia.
Stella is a Senior Qualitative Researcher. She has been involved in various themes of research projects, including EINRIP (Eastern Indonesia National Road Improvement), MAMPU (Poor Women’s Access to Public Services), Teacher Absenteeism and Remote Area Allowance, and Cash Transfer Program (Program Keluarga Harapan).
Prior to her PhD study, she had had more than seven years of work experience in the development sector, including for The Asia Foundation (TAF) Indonesia and UNDP led-Partnerships for Govervance Reform (Kemitraan).
- Australia Awards Scholarship recipient for PhD study.
- Master Thesis Grants from Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo.
- NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development) Scholarship recipient for Master of Philosophy study.