Bio

I am a cultural studies scholar specializing in gender, sexuality and affect and emotion with special focus on contemporary East Asia, particularly Japan. I am an Assistant Professor of Feminist and Queer Cultural Studies in the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore (NUS).

I am currently completing my first book manuscript which explores trans/gender issues in contemporary Tokyo, Japan, based on ethnographic field research I conducted between 2015 and 2017 at josō (male-to-female crossdressing) and dansō (female-to-male crossdressing) cafe-and-bars (女装 • 男装カフェアンドバー). This project has been generously supported by a National University of Singapore Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Start-Up Grant (2019-2023) and fellowships from the Japan Foundation (2016-2017) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2017-2018).

Since 2021, I have embarked on a new project called “Campus Sexual Misconduct in a Digital Age (CASMIDA)” in collaboration with a team of NUS and NTU scholars: Dr. Jungup Lee (Social Work, NUS), Dr. Bimlesh Wadhwa (Computer Science, NUS), Dr. Olivia Choy (Psychology, NTU), and Dr. Edson Tandoc (Communication, NTU). Our project explores the intersections between campus sexual misconduct and technology-facilitated sexual violence (TFSV) in Singapore.

I am also the Chair for the CNM Care Committee (CCC). This is a resource for anyone in the Communications & New Media (CNM) department to consult on issues of bullying, harassment, equality, diversity, and inclusion. Reach out to us at: CNMCareComm [at] nus.edu.sg

I teach across the graduate and undergraduate programs in Communications and New Media. I have a range of interdisciplinary teaching interests pertaining to gender and sexuality, which include topics in sports, East Asian media and popular culture, transnational feminism, media representation, social media, and (digital) ethnography.

Professional Appointments

2019-
Assistant Professor of Feminist and Queer Cultural Studies
Communications and New Media (CNM)

2018-2019
Postdoctoral Fellow
CNM

2017-2018 Academic Year
Visiting Scholar/Predoctoral Fellow

2016-2017 Academic Year
Visiting Research Fellow
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo

Education

2018
Ph.D. Cultural Studies
Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature (formerly Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory), Stony Brook University (SUNY)

2014
Advanced Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies
Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Stony Brook University

2012
M.A.S. Information, Technology and Society in Asia (ITASIA)
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo

2007
B.A. (Honors) Literature in English
Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore