Shirley S. Ho
I am an Associate Professor in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. I am concurrently the Research Director for Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences at the President’s Office, NTU. I serve as the current Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Environmental Communication. I am the 2018 Recipient of the prestigious Hillier Krieghbaum Under-40 Award, given by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for outstanding achievements in research, teaching, and public service.
I received a Ph.D. in mass communications (minor: educational psychology) and a M.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2008 and 2005, respectively. I also received a B.A. in communication studies (first class honors) from NTU in 2002. In 2004, I was awarded a four-year overseas scholarship by NTU to pursue my graduate studies at UW-Madison. I was a senior tutor in the WKWSCI at NTU from 2003 to 2008 (on study leave from 2004-2008).
My primary research area focuses on cross-cultural public opinion dynamics related to science and technology, with potential health or environmental impacts. My work emphasizes the roles of values, social media and other emerging modes of communication in shaping public attitudes toward science and technology. I currently lead three projects in this area. I am the principal investigator of the large-scale, interdisciplinary project, “PONdER: Public Opinion of Nuclear EneRgy,” funded by the National Research Foundation in Singapore, that seeks to examine how the general public in Southeast Asia form perceptions toward nuclear energy, so as to inform nuclear policy and research. Under the sustainable nanotechnology initiative by NTU and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, I am currently leading a sub-project that examines the social-psychological factors in shaping public attitudes toward nano-enabled food products in Singapore and the U.S. Findings from the research will help to inform policies regarding the new food technology.