Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Dr Mark Alan Cenite

Senior Lecturer
Associate Chair (Academic), Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

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

Phone: (+65)67906111
Office: WKWSCI 04-42

  • PhD University of Minnesota 2001
  • Juris Doctor Stanford University School of Law 1996
  • BA(Dist) (Psychology) University of Wisconsin, Madison 1990
I teach at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information and in the University Scholars Programme.

I've been an educator in communication law since 1998, in Asia since 2001. My approach is informed by pedagogical research about how students learn. I am a four-time recipient of Nanyang Technological University’s award for excellence in teaching. Most recently, I was awarded the Nanyang Education Award (University), which has three levels of distinction; I was awarded the highest, gold, and was named NTU’s “Educator of the Year” for 2016. Before that, I won the at the school level in 2004 and 2009, and the college level award in 2014.

My current publishing is mainly of journalistic commentary, for a broad public audience, about legal and ethical issues,

As Associate Chair (Academic) since 2015, I oversee all academic programmes at WKWSCI, which include the undergraduate, doctoral, research master’s, and master’s coursework programmes. Previously, I served as Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies) from 2013-15, Assistant Chair (2013, and 2006-2008) and Acting Head of the Division of Communication Research (2008-2010).

I have also taught media law at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication, the University of Denver, and my doctoral institution, the University of Minnesota.

My name is pronounced chay-NEE-tay (I’m Italian-American), although I’m not too particular about the exact pronunciation.
Research Interests
My work focuses on constitutional law and law and policy issues raised by new communication technologies.
Current Projects
  • Nanyang Education Award (University) 2016
  • Transforming Team-Based Learning to Humanities and Social Science courses
  • Understanding Singaporeans' attitudes toward homosexuality and perceptions of media portrayals of lesbians and gays: A longitudinal investigation
Selected Publications
  • Cenite, Mark. (2018). Facebook’s fake news crisis is a product of Silicon Valley culture.Channel NewsAsia, April 3.
  • Cenite, M. (2018). American inaction on gun control has deep roots.The Straits Times, March 26.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cenite, M., Wang, M.W., Chong, P.W. & Chan, G.S. (2009). More than just free content: File sharing and the use of peer-to-peer networks. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 33(3), 206-221.

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