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 the relationship between trans/gender and economy in contemporary Tokyo, Japan, based on analysis of media and 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).

In early 2021, I have plans to embark on a few pilot projects which collectively look at campus sexual misconduct in Singapore and its relation to gender, technology use, digital well-being, and technology-facilitated sexual violence (TFSV). This is in collaboration with Dr. Shivani Gupta (Communications and New Media), Dr. Jungup Lee (Social Work), and Dr. Bimlesh Wadhwa (School of Computing).

I am also the Area Coordinator for Cultural Studies, which has an undergraduate minor and a Cultural Studies in Asia Ph.D. program. I teach across the graduate and undergraduate programs in Communications and New Media. I have a range of interdisciplinary teaching interests on the broad themes of affect, gender, and sexuality, which include topics in East Asian media and popular culture, transnational feminism, media representation, social media, youth culture, and (digital) ethnography.

Professional Appointments

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

2018-2019
Postdoctoral Fellow
Communications and New Media (CNM), NUS

2017-2018 Academic Year
Visiting Scholar/Predoctoral Fellow, Global Studies and Languages (GSL), MIT

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