Academic Profile

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, the world's largest international school (K-12).
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Assoc Prof Benjamin Hill Detenber
Associate Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

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
  • Orminski, J., Tandoc, E. & Detenber, B. H. (2021). #sustainablefashion – A conceptual framework of the sustainable fashion discourse on twitter. Environmental Communication, 15(1), 115-132.

  • Detenber, B. H., Ho, S. S., Ong, A. H., & Lim, N. W. B. (2018). Complementary versus competitive framing effects in the context of pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors. Science Communication, 40(2), 173-198.

  • Detenber, B. H. & Rosenthal, S. (2017). Public support for censorship in a highly regulated media environment: The influence of self-construal and third-person perception over time. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 30(1), 1-23.

  • Detenber, B. H. & Rosenthal, S., Liao, K. & Ho. S. S. (2016). Audience segmentation for campaign design: Addressing climate change in Singapore. International Journal of Communication, 10, 4736-4758.

  • Rosenthal, S., Detenber, B. H. & Rojas, H. (2015). Efficacy beliefs in third-person effects. Communication Research, 1-23.

  • Detenber, B. H., Cenite, M. Zhou, S., Malik, S & Neo, R. L. (2014). Rights vs. morality: Online debate about decriminalization of gay sex in Singapore. Journal of Homosexuality, 61(9), 1313-1333.

  • Detenber, B. H., Ho, S. S., Neo, R. L. J., Malik, S., & Cenite, M. (2013). Influence of value predispositions, interpersonal contact, and mediated exposure on public attitudes toward homosexuals in Singapore. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 16(3), 181-196.

  • Detenber, B. H., Cenite, M., Malik, S., & Neo, R. L. (2012). Examining education and newsroom work experience as predictors of communication students’ perceptions of journalism ethics. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 67(1), 45-69.

  • Cenite, M., Detenber, B. H., Koh, W. K. A., Lim, L. H. A. & Ng, E. S. (2009). Doing the right thing online: A survey of bloggers’ ethical beliefs and practices. New Media & Society, 11(4), 575-597.

  • Tan, K. W. P., Swee, D., Lim, C., & Detenber, B. H., & Alsagoff, L. (2007). The impact of language variety and expertise on perceptions of online political discussions. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), 76-99.