Bio

I am Assistant Professor of Political Communication and New Media in the Department of Communications and New Media & Director of Digital Campaign Asia Project, & Principal Investigator at the Centre for Trusted Internet and Community at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Before moving to NUS, I taught at Jamia Millia Islamia, a central university in New Delhi. I have considerable international experience living and working in diverse cultural settings in Asia, Europe and America. I use both qualitative and quantitative approaches in my research that range from newsroom observation studies, media content and sentiment analysis, to survey and public opinion research.

I am interested in the future of democracy globally in this era of disinformation and social media. I pay special attention to developments in the Asian region, from South Asia to Southeast Asia, and how the changing information environment impacts democratic societies. I have three complementary research areas as follows: (1) media, politics and mobilization in the vernacular; (2) elections, campaigns and political behavior in India and Indonesia; (3) the rapidly changing digital environment and the disinformation problems associated with it in the Asian region, with varied country-specific contexts.

I serve on several advisory boards including New Public, which aims to build more flourishing, public-friendly digital spaces. I also serve on the editorial board of the International Journal of Press/Politics.

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