The CASMIDA research team is multidisciplinary with a diverse range of skills, expertise, and experience working with sexual violence survivors and marginalized individuals in society. Our team is deeply invested in enacting change from within university campuses in Singapore as well as creating a safe environment for our students. As researchers and educators, we hope to improve the well-being and lived experience of individuals affected by campus sexual misconduct.
Michelle H. S. Ho
Dr. Michelle Ho is an Assistant Professor of Feminist and Queer Cultural Studies at the Department of Communications and New Media (CNM) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and on the Steering Committee of the Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster (GSRC). Coming from an interdisciplinary background, her work has explored gender and sexuality issues in the context of (East) Asia, including (mis)representations of women in the media and gender-based discrimination of transgender women, with a strong emphasis on feminist methodologies, (digital) ethnography, and critical discourse analysis.
She has nearly a decade of experience teaching feminist, gender, and sexuality issues in higher education, including but not limited to workplace sexual harassment and campus sexual misconduct.
Dr. Jungup Lee is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work, NUS and a social work expert specialized in cyber bullying, violence, safety, and psychological well-being among adolescents and young adults in urban society. Related to this project, she has undertaken 1) online survey research on traditional bullying, cyberbullying and mental health outcomes among Singaporean university students, and 2) evaluation research on an intervention program, “Digital Mindset” for adolescents’ Internet addiction.
Dr. Bimlesh Wadhwa is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, School of Computing, NUS. Her expertise is in human-computer interaction design and software engineering practices. Her work relevant to this project is in: (i) gender in design, (ii) data visualization, and (iii) development and evaluation of smart phone apps for well-being.
Dr. Olivia Choy is a criminologist and an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Her research focuses on the etiology of criminal and antisocial behavior, as well as interventions to reduce such behaviors in adults and in children. Specifically, she examines biological factors together with psychological and social environmental ones to gain a more complete understanding of criminal behavior. She has authored publications on crime, delinquency, aggression, antisocial personality disorder, conduct disorder, and psychopathy.
Edson C. Tandoc Jr.
Dr. Edson C. Tandoc Jr. is an Associate Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and Director of the Centre for Information Integrity and the Internet (IN-cube) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. His studies have focused on the impact of journalistic roles, new technologies, and audience feedback on the news gatekeeping process. He has also looked at how readers make sense of critical incidents in journalism and take part in reconsidering journalistic norms; and how changing news consumption patterns facilitate the spread of fake news.
Our Research Assistants
Andrea Koh is a fresh graduate from the National University of Singapore, having majored in English Language and Linguistics. Her research interests lie in media discourse, the relationship between language, gender, and sexuality, and linguistic anthropology. Applying her interest in language and media, she will be assisting in qualitative data analysis, transcription, and maintaining CASMIDA’s social media publicity efforts. She actively participates in the spaces of advocacy and activism as a member of both student-led and external organisations championing against gender discrimination and sexual violence, where she specialises in research and literacy. She aims to imbue her work with core values of empathy and care, with the goal of creating and upholding empowering spaces.
Cherie Tay is a Sociology graduate from the University of British Columbia who has spent the last year working in finance (strangely enough). She is passionate about advocacy against sexual assault and human rights activism. As part of the CASMIDA team, she will gather qualitative interview data and engage in transcription for analysis to implement policies/initiatives against sexual assault. She is greatly invested in fieldwork and community-based research due to past experiences volunteering at a sexual assault prevention centre and as a crisis line caller for women facing domestic violence. These experiences will influence her role with CASMIDA as she treats the work as well as others with empathy and emotional honesty.
Nisha Rai is an undergraduate majoring in Political Science and South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. Her interests lie in issues surrounding sexual violence, gender equality, socio-politics and governance and public policy within Singapore and India. Through her experience in being directly involved in existing initiatives and efforts surrounding TFSV, she will be assisting in the analysis and organisation of qualitative research data that has been collected, reviewing scholarly literature and conducting online participant observation of forums and social media platforms. She is actively part of various student-led and external organisations to increase awareness of existing societal issues, advocate against sexual violence and create a safe space for victim-survivors.
Xinhong FU is a master’s student of Public Policy (MPP) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Her primary research interest lies in gender policy, social security, and poverty alleviation, and social inequality. Her endeavors in this stream of research reflect her deep curiosity and concerns regarding gender discrimination and stereotypes in society. Currently, she is working on two projects that (i) examine the impact of fertility policy and social welfare on women’s career development and (ii) explore the relationship between the poverty alleviation movement and rural women’s empowerment within China’s context. Related to this project, her work is to conduct data analysis generated from the online survey.
Jiatong Han is an undergraduate studying computer science and mathematics. He specializes in natural language processing and information retrieval. Regarding research, he takes great interest in machine learning, graph representation learning, and social network analysis. In this pilot study, he will be assisting in scraping data from social media, making social network analyses, and writing the summarization report for all the findings that have been made. Sample research questions include: How did the news spread? How were people’s general sentiments changing over time? He will strive to give an answer. Ultimately, he aims to make some difference in the rising cases of sexual harassment, via technologies and to technologies.