Cluster Members

YUEN Shu Min teaches gender and sexuality at the Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore. Her research interests include transgender studies, popular culture, and contemporary Japanese society. Her recent works have appeared in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (forthcoming), Asian Anthropology (2020), and Routledge Handbook of Japanese Media (2018). She is currently working on a monograph on female-to-male transgender history, media and community in Japan.

Shivani Gupta (pronouns: she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Communications and New Media, and the Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster, at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is an anthropologist and her fields of studies are gender and sexuality, feminism, urban and South Asia. She received her PhD from South Asian Studies, NUS. Her dissertation investigated and mapped everyday intersectional lives of women in the sacred city of Banaras, India.

Lee Chong Ming is pursuing his Master of Arts in English Literature (Research) in the Department of English Language and Literature at NUS. His research interests include contemporary literature and culture, queer theory, and critical theory. He completed his undergraduate thesis on queer loss, progress, and futurity in canonical American literary texts, and is currently studying the intersections between contemporary queer literature and queer affect theory. 

Lee Da Eun is a PhD Student in Comparative Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. Her research interests lie in migration & mobility, youth, gender and transnationalism. She is also interested in ethnography and qualitative research. Her current research focuses on transnational youth migration and political activisms in Asia, in the context of Asian youths’ responses to geopolitical and cultural dynamics in Asia (e.g., Globalization, China’s rising, K-pop media culture in Asia). Her work has been published in the Korean Women’s Studies Review in South Korea.

Pavithra Nandanan Menon is a PhD candidate, Teaching Assistant as well as a Graduate Student Researcher at the Comparative Asian Studies Programme, Department of South East Asian Studies. Her thematic areas of interest include gender and sexuality, race and religion, intersectionality, transnationalism and diaspora, gender-responsive education/curricula, Area Studies to name a few, with a focus on qualitative approaches such as ethnography, interviews, participant observation and ethno-historiographic research. Her recent upcoming work can be found in the Indian journal of Women and Social Change.

Neha Saini is an English Literature Research Masters student and Teaching Assistant in the Department of English Language and Literature in NUS FASS. Her research interests include South African women’s writing, postcolonial theory, feminist theory, and gender and sexuality studies. She completed her bachelor’s thesis on South African women’s rewriting of the Soweto Uprisings during apartheid and is continuing her study of South African women’s writing as part of her masters research.