Academic Profile

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Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Benjamin Hill Detenber


Associate Professor

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Email: TDETENBER@NTU.EDU.SG
Phone: (+65)67905809
Office: WKWSCI 03-42

Education
  • PhD Stanford University 1995
  • BA Stanford University 1984
Biography
Dr. Detenber has been a faculty member in the School of Communication and Information since 1998. Prior to joining the School, Dr. Detenber taught at the University of Delaware and Stanford University. He has many years of experience in video production and non-commercial radio, but now teaches primarily communication theory and research classes. He has broad research interests, and 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. His research has appeared in many of the top journals in the field of communication, for which he also serves as a reviewer. Currently, he is Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Communication and Head of the Communication Research Division. In addition to university work, Dr. Detenber has consulted with high tech companies, taught communication skills to school teachers, and given numerous presentations to educators and media professionals.
Research Interests
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
Current Projects
  • Examining Contact Theory in Online Environments
  • Examining Contact Theory in Online Environments
  • Understanding Singaporeans' attitudes toward homosexuality and perceptions of media portrayals of lesbians and gays: A longitudinal investigation
Selected Publications
  • Benjamin H Detenber & Sonny Rosenthal. (2014). Changing views on media ethics and societal functions among students in Singapore. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 29(2), 108-125.
  • Benjamin H Detenber, Cenite, M., Zhou, S., Malik, S., & Neo, R.L. (2014). Rights versus Morality: Online debate about decriminalization of gay sex in Singapore.. Journal of Homosexuality, 61(9), 1313-1333.
  • Benjamin H Detenber, Shirley S Ho, Rachel L Neo, Shelly Malik, Mark Cenite. (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.
  • 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.
  • Detenber, B. H., Tan, K. W. P., Swee, D., Lim, C., & Alsagoff, L. (2007). The impact of language variety and expertise on perceptions of online political discussions. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 5.

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