I am a cultural studies scholar specializing in gender and sexuality with special focus on contemporary (East) Asia, particularly Japan. I earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Advanced Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University (SUNY) in 2018. Prior to this, I earned an M.A.S. in Information, Technology and Society in Asia (ITASIA) from the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies (GSII), University of Tokyo, and graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a B.A. (Honors) Literature in English.

At present, I am an Assistant Professor of Feminist and Queer Cultural Studies in the Department of Communications and New Media at NUS. Previously, I have held visiting positions as a postdoctoral fellow at NUS, predoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and research fellow at the University of Tokyo.

I do research broadly on issues of gender and sexuality and the interesting ways in which they intersect with affect and emotion, race and ethnicity, and media and popular culture in contemporary (East) Asia. Currently, I am running various projects, some of which are collaborative. Find out more in Research.

I am also on the steering committee of the Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster (GSRC), an initiative supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Research Division that critically engages with the complexities of gender/sexuality in Asia. 

I teach across the graduate and undergraduate programs in Cultural Studies and 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. Find out more in Teaching.

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]

“Everyone focuses on the most obvious, measurable forms of work and tries to make those more effective and more productive. They don’t ask whether there are other ways to improve performance, and improve your life.

This is how we’ve come to believe that world-class performance comes after 10,000 hours of practice. But that’s wrong. It comes after 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, 12,500 hours of deliberate rest, and 30,000 hours of sleep.”

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang from Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work

When not chained to work, I love the adventure life can bring, such as traveling to new places, gaining unparalleled experiences, and the great outdoors including jogging, hiking, and skiing.

I have great admiration for animals and enjoy interacting with them for the different ways they can speak to us.

I am also an avid reader of crime fiction, particularly psychological thrillers, and a current learner of the Korean language. 잘 부탁드립니다.