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Assoc Prof Benjamin Hill Detenber
Associate Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
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Dr. Detenber has been a faculty member in the Wee Kim Wee School since 1998 (when it was called the School of Communication Studies). He served as the Head of the Communication Research Division for seven years (2001-2008), and Chair of the School for six years (2008-2013). He is an award winning teacher and researcher with broad research interests and extensive experience in graduate and undergraduate education. He has conducted studies on the psychological and emotional impact of media presentations, public opinion, processes and outcomes associated with social cognition and communication, political communication, and computer-mediated communication. One of his current research foci is intergroup contact, especially in mediated contexts, and how online interactions can improve intergroup understanding and relations. He is also interested in climate change, sustainability, and environmental communication. Since 2018, he has held a courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychology at NTU. In addition to university work, Dr. Detenber has consulted with high tech companies, taught communication skills to school teachers, and provided pro bono services to media organizations. He has served on the Board of Governors at the United World College of Southeast Asia since 2014, one the largest international schools of its kind in the world.
Dr. Detenber's research interests include the following:

Cognitive and Emotional Responses to Media
Use and Impact of Information and Communication Technologies
Internet Studies
Computer-mediated Communication
Media and Public Opinion
Political Communication
Quantitative Research Methods
 
  • Using public opinion to reach common ground on a contentious social issue: Attitudes toward lesbians and gays in Singapore 2005-2020