Associate Professor Dr Pauline Pooi Yin Leong received her PhD in Political Communication from Monash University and Master’s in Mass Communication from Nanyang Technological University where she was awarded the Pearson Education Gold Medal Award for Best Graduating Student. A qualified lawyer by training, she was previously a journalist at Singapore Straits Times. She is the author of Malaysian Politics in the New Media Age: Implications on the Political Communication Process, a book by Springer. She was a visiting fellow with ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore under the Media, Technology, and Society programme (2021/2022).
Academic & Professional Qualifications
PhD in Political Communication, Monash University, Malaysia (2015)
Master in Communication, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2004)
Postgraduate Law Course, Board of Legal Education, Singapore (1996)
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), National University of Singapore, Singapore (1996)
Leong, P.P.Y. (2021). Digital Mediatization and the Sharpening of Malaysian Political Contests. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
Leong, P.P.Y. (2021). Hashtag campaigns during the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia: Escalating from online to offline. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
Louis, D. G. J., Devadass, C., Leong, P.P.Y., Perry, M.S. & Lee, Y. B. (2021). Psychological impact and the use of religious coping among Malaysian Catholic older adults. In Louis, D. G. J., Kaur, S. & Huey, F. C., (Eds.), COVID-19 and Psychology in Malaysia: Psychosocial Effects, Coping, and Resilience. Routledge.
Leong, P.P.Y. (2019, 9 September). The impact of new media on free speech in Malaysia. The Edge Weekly.
Achievements & Accolades
Organised a 2-part webinar series on "Balancing the Free Speech Tightrope: Moderating Social Media in Southeast Asia" - Session 1: Moderating the Global Social Media Information Ecosystem (Panelists = Google, Meta, Twitter) - moderator - Session 2: Moderating Social Media Communities - Issues and Challenges (Panelists = editors of online news agencies from Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand)
Visiting Fellowship with ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (Sept 2021-Feb 2022)
Christian Institute for Theological Engagement (CHRISTE) grant 2022: Are Malaysian and Singaporean Christians flocking back to church or flying away? A comparative study on Christian Churches in Malaysia and Singapore in the COVID-19 recovery phase.
Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) – Constructing a Cultural Map of Food Transculturalism amongst Malaysian Youths (Project Code FRGS/1/2020/WAB12/UKM/02/1)
Qualitative Research Association of Malaysia (QRAM) – Expert Resource
Signis (World Catholic Association for Communication) – Malaysia
Southeast Asian Media Studies Association (SEAMSA)