School of Communication and Multimedia Studies
Gerald Sim is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, where he teaches critical studies courses across the Film, Video, and New Media curricular track. He returns to the classroom in the fall of 2017 after a year on successive research fellowships devoted to a monograph about postcolonial poetics in Southeast Asian cinema. The first award at the Asia Research Institute was funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. That was followed by the Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship for Contemporary Southeast Asia in 2016-17. His first book, The Subject of Film and Race: Re-theorizing Politics, Ideology, and Cinema was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2014. Both projects reflect an ongoing concern with the film medium’s complex intersections with the social and political subjectivities of marginalized Others. Sim has authored essays in journals such as Film Quarterly, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Rethinking Marxism, Discourse, Projections, Asian Cinema, and a forthcoming issue of positions: asia critique. His developing research agenda shifts to digital culture and new media, specifically the changes brought about by Big Data on media production and consumption. He is particularly interested in the media industries’ increasing reliance on information filtering and predictive analytics, and its consequences for our privacy, autonomy, social lives, and culture. A 2017 Faculty Fellow with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Sim holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies from Iowa, and a B.S. in Biology from Duke.