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 a Senior Lecturer 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.
Our Research Assistants
Francis Luis M. Torres
Francis Luis M. Torres is currently pursuing his PhD in Cultural Studies in Asia at the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. He received his MA in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. His MA study focused on examining the genealogy of the Philippine gay culture in the country’s first 350 years. Currently, his research interests revolve around the history of Asian gay/queer criticism, gender studies, modernity, digital technology, new media studies, and Philippine culture and history.
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.