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. Shivani Gupta is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the CNM Department, NUS. She is a feminist anthropologist researching women’s everyday lives in non-metropolitan urban settings. She received her PhD in South Asian Studies from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2019. Her PhD thesis examined and mapped women’s worlds in the religious, sacred and historical city of Banaras, India. The thesis brought about the oppression and subversion that is practised by women to render their everyday worlds possible. Her specialisation has been in the fields of gender and feminist studies, sexuality studies and urban studies. In the past, she has worked with women and feminist non-profit organisations, in India, where she advocated for gender rights and violence against women
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
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.
Anetta Fong is an undergraduate majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Studies at Yale-NUS College. Her interests lie in issues related to student advocacy, political education, gender and sexuality. Utilizing her experience with social media and publicity, she will be conducting online participant observation of social media platforms and transcribing interviews. While being a strong believer in the power of social media to enact positive change, she acknowledges its potential to harm and wishes to ensure that digital platforms are a safe space for all. She has been volunteering at feminist non-profit organisations and hopes to empower survivors of sexual misconduct through this project.
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.
Wrik Karmakar is an undergraduate majoring in Computer Science with a double specialisation in Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence. His research interest lies in theoretical algorithms, neural network advancements, and applications of natural language processing. He has acquired his skillset from experiences in application development, speech recognition software designs, and machine learning applications in finance, and is eager to apply himself towards positive social outcomes, especially in the space of promotion of gender equality. He is a strong believer in the intitiative of utilising technological advancements ethically and appropriately to move towards a broader and more equitable societal state – and feels that this is, therefore, a unique opportunity to understand, analyse, and accordingly motivate discourse on sexual harassment towards an ideal locus, by furthering the research conducted by this team.
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.