Spotlight on Alumni – Dr Carol Soon

Carol-Soon---WebCarol Soon (Dr)

Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, Singapore

Before pursuing her graduate studies, Carol Soon developed marketing and communications campaigns for profit and non-profit organizations such as the Guardian pharmaceutical retail chain and the National Kidney Foundation. She joined CNM’s PhD program in 2007 and was awarded her doctorate in 2011. Carol’s research interests include new media and activism, online collectives and digital engagement. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Information Communication & Society, and Asian Journal of Communication. While she was a PhD student at CNM, she won several teaching awards in the department and faculty. Upon completion of her PhD, Carol won the Australian Endeavour Award which supported her fellowship at the Asia Research Centre in Murdoch University.

Currently as Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Carol’s research lies in the intersection of social science and policy research. She enjoys publishing on a wide variety of platforms which enables her to reach different segments of the public. She is also teaching a module on new media and politics at the University Scholars Programme. Besides conducting policy-related research in the arts, culture and media, Carol sits in the Media Literacy Council and is Associate Editor of the Media Asia journal.

Her favourite CNM moments are the brown bag lunches that faculty members have with students. Those collegial sessions provided a cosy platform for research talk and chit chat. Still fresh in her memory are the celebrations for tenured staff where distinguished professors were decked out in Hello Kitty and royalty accoutrements. As for her advice to current students, Carol would like to refer them to Albert Einstein who said ““I have not failed 10,000 times, I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.”

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