Mary E. McCoy
PhD (Northwestern University)
Outreach and Communications, Center for Southeast Asian Studies; Faculty Associate, Department of Communication Arts
207 Ingraham Hall
Office Hours: Friday 3-5pm and by appointment
Dr. Mary E. McCoy oversees outreach and communications for UW-Madison’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies and is the author of Scandal and Democracy: Media Politics in Indonesia (Cornell University Press, 2019). She also teaches courses on rhetoric, politics, media, and culture in UW-Madison’s Department of Communication Arts. Her primary research focus is on media and democratization, with particular emphasis on Indonesia and worldwide democratic revolutions, social movements, religious intolerance, legacies of authoritarianism, rhetorical genres, and freedom of speech.
Ph.D. Northwestern University, Communication Studies, 2005
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Southeast Asian Studies, 1995
B.A. Oberlin College, 1990
CA 310: The Discourse of Dictators, Demagogues, and Extremists
CA 470: Contemporary Political Discourse — The Rhetoric of Modern Democratic Revolutions
CA 610: Freedom of Speech in Global Perspective
CA 472: Rhetoric & Technology
Scandal and Democracy: Media Politics in Indonesia (Cornell University Press, 2019).
Invited book chapter, “Piety, Purity and Nationalism: The Convergence Nation and Islam in Contemporary Indonesia,” Vidhu Verma, ed., Religion, Secularism and Democracy in Southeast Asia (London: Oxford University Press, October 2019).
Book review of Activist Archives: Youth Culture and the Political Past in Indonesia, by Doreen Lee, The Journal of Asian Studies (August 2018).
“Purifying Islam in an Emerging Democracy: Metaphor and the Rise of Religious Intolerance in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, vol. 16 issue 2 August 8, 2013, pp. 275-315.
“Free Speech,” Encyclopedia of Global Studies (Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2012).
Ph.D. Dissertation, “The Media in Democratic Transitions: Institutionalizing Uncertainty in Post-Suharto Indonesia” (Northwestern University, Communication Studies, 2005), 592 pp.
“News Repair and Institutional Authority in the Age of the Internet,” Journal of Communication, Vol. 51, no. 1 (March 2001), pp. 164-193.
Book review of LOSING CONTROL: Freedom of the Press in Asia, edited by Louise Williams and Roland Rich (Canberra, Australia: Asia Pacific Press, 2000).
“The Hidden Costs of Free Facebook: Trolling in Duterte’s Philippines and Mass Atrocity in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar,” presentation for Cyber-Capabilities and Accelerating Global Change workshop, hosted by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia and the Center for European Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 13, 2021.
“‘Facebook Broke Democracy’: Repairing the Public Sphere in Philippine and Indonesian Elections,” Conference on Disinformation and Elections in East and Southeast Asia, Columbia University, October 3-4, 2019.
“Facebook and Disinformation in Southeast Asia,” invited talk for the PLATO class, “Global Affairs and the Media,” Madison, October 30, 2019.
“Understanding Myanmar’s Turn to Genocide,” presented for East High School Human Rights Week, Madison, February 2, 2019.
“Transgressive Discourse and the New Populism,” presented for “Where Do We Go From Here? #MeToo, the Supreme Court and the Future of Justice in the U.S. Teach-In,” hosted by the Committee of Concerned Scholars, University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 9, 2018.
“Political Scandal in Indonesia’s Democratic Transition,” SEASSI Lecture Series, University of Wisconsin-Madison, August 1, 2018.
Moderator, “Women’s Rights” panel, SEASSI / SASLI / CESSI / APTLII Joint Student Conference 2018, University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 30, 2018.
Moderator, “Press Censorship Across Cultures” panel, Cultures in Conflict Conference: Navigating Cultural Difference in International Human Rights Reporting, University of Wisconsin-Madison, February 9, 2018.
“Teaching about Genocide and the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar,” presented for Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Conference, Concourse Hotel, Madison, March 12, 2018.
“Rampaging Elephants and Burning Babies: Iconic Images from the Edge of the World,” presented for panel: “Is This Genocide?: Rohingya Panel,” hosted by Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics and the Muslim Student Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison, November 14, 2017.
“The Power of Scandal and Uncertainty in a New Democracy,” Center for Southeast Asian Studies Spring 2017 Lecture Series, Northern Illinois University, April 21, 2017.
“Teaching the Boundary Paradox: The Troubled Legacy of British Imperialism in Burma/Myanmar,” presented for Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Conference, Concourse Hotel, Madison, March 19, 2017.
Roundtable chair, “Climate of Fear: Thailand over the Past 10 Years,” featuring Passakorn Pramunwong (director of film, Paradoxocracy) and Professor Thongchai Winichakul, SEASSI Lecture Series, Madison, June 29, 2016.
“Current Research and Academic Career,” UW-Madison Honor Student Organization faculty lecture series, Madison, WI, April 6, 2016.
Discussant, East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAIN) screening of Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary, “The Look of Silence,” Madison Central Library, Madison Wisconsin, November 14, 2015.
“Form as Resistance in the Global Migration of Genre,” presented for panel: “Global Media and International Communication,” National Communication Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, November 19, 2015.
“Teaching Media Literacy in Global Context,” presentation for the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Conference, Concourse Hotel, Madison, March 16, 2015.
“Media and Democratic Consolidation: Scandal, Transparency, and Institutionalized Uncertainty in Post-Suharto Indonesia,” presented for panel: “New Media in Asian Politics,” Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Philadelphia, March 29, 2014. (Panel named winner of the F. Hilary Conroy Award.)
League of Women Voters Great Decisions Lecture Series, Manitowoc Public Library, Manitowoc, WI, March 5, 2012, “Indonesia in the New Millennium.” Invited lecture.
Co-chair and presenter, “Religious Identifications/Purifications/Excisions: Pornography and Minorities in a Muslim Democracy,” presented for panel: “Religion, Globalization, and the Reframing of Human Rights Rhetoric,” Rhetoric Society of America 15th Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, May 25, 2012.
Chair and presenter, “Purifying Islam in an Emerging Democracy: The Resurgence of Corporatism and Islamic Community in Indonesia,” presented for panel: “Contested Patriotisms: Capturing the State Through Pride and Intolerance,” National Communication Association 97th Annual Convention, New Orleans, November 11, 2011.
“The Resurgence of Corporatism and Islamic Community in Indonesia,” presented for seminar: “Digital Humanities and the History of Rhetoric,” Communication and Social Justice in an Age of Globalization Workshop, Rhetoric Society of America 4th Biennial Institute, Boulder, 20-26 June 2011.
“New Media and Popular Mobilization: Two Cases from Post-Authoritarian Indonesia,” presented for panel: “A Status Update: Reconceptualizing Political Participation in New Media Contexts,” National Communication Association 96th Annual Convention, San Francisco, November 14-17, 2010.
“Indonesia: The Triumph of Transparency,” Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lecture Series, April 16, 2010,
“When Scandals Get Legs: Baligate, Buloggate, and All the Gates,” Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lecture Series, December 8, 2006.
Chair and presenter, “Framing Pandemonium: Changes in Broadcast News Post-Suharto,” for panel: “Changes in Media in Post-Suharto Indonesia,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Association for Asian Studies, Madison, WI, October 21, 2006.
“Breaking the Big Story: Controlling the Narrative Arc of Scandal,” presented for panel: “Summer School & Regional Conference on Investigative Journalism,” Centre for Investigative Journalism, City University of London, July 22, 2006.
“Scandal in the Making of a Modern Democracy: The Case of Indonesia,” Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lecture Series, September 23, 2005.
Discussant, “Legacies of Authoritarianism: Interrogating Reconciliation,” Gaston Z. Ortigas Institute, Ateneo de Manila University, Legacies of Authoritarianism Research Circle, August 16, 2001.
“The Press, the Crowd, and Democratization: Insights from the Philippine Case,” Midwest Graduate Conference, Madison, WI, April 27-29, 2001.
“The Media’s Role in Rebuilding Democracy: Institutionalizing Uncertainty in Indonesia,” Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 20, 2001.
Organizer and presenter, “Vestiges of Authoritarian Rule: The Executive and the Philippine Press,” for panel: “Incomplete Transitions – Democratization and the Press in Southeast Asia,” Association for Asian Studies, National Conference, Chicago, IL, March 22-25, 2001.
International Conference Coordinator and Discussant for Indonesia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Legacies of Authoritarianism Research Circle, Cape Town, South Africa, May 21-26, 2000.
“Dark Alliance: News Repair and Institutional Authority in the Age of the Internet,” presented for panel: “Concepts in the Sociology of Journalism,” International Communication Association, Jerusalem, Israel, July 21, 1998.
Panel chair and respondent, “The Television Industry Around the World,” International Communication Association, Jerusalem, Israel, July 21, 1998.
Principal investigator, “Independent Evaluation of the Internews Media Program in Indonesia,” U.S. Agency for International Development (U.S. AID), Office of Transition Initiatives & U.S. AID/Indonesia Office of Community and Civic Participation, Jakarta, June 2000, 73 pp.
Research grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer 2009
National Recognition of Excellence, Secondary Teaching, Educational Testing Service, November 18, 2006
Alumnae Fellow, Northwestern University, 1999-2000
Dissertation Year Fellowship, Northwestern University, 1999-2000
Dissertation Research Fellowship, Institute for the Study of World Politics, 1998-99
Research grant, Institute for the Study of World Politics, 1998-1999
Research grant, US-Indonesia Society, 1998-99
Research grant, Ford Foundation Award, Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS), Northwestern University, 1998-99
U.S. Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Consortium for the Teaching of Indonesian (COTI), Summer 1996
Research grant, U.S.-Indonesia Society, 1996
University Fellow, Northwestern University, 1995-96
Graduate Fellowship, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995-96 [declined]
U.S. Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, 1995-96, Summer 1994, 1993-94
Danforth Oberlin-in-London Scholar, 1989