Curriculum Vitae


Clarissa Ai Ling Lee is an artscience creator/researcher. She is equally interested in creative and academically rigorous interventions when it comes to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations. Prior to starting her PhD, she had spent 6 years working in industry as well as in non-academic research while also pursuing her MA during that time. She had spent an even longer period freelancing in the creative and media industries, as a copywriter, arts/literary reviewer, columnist, and a features writer. She is always looking for ways to bore into the stubborn boundaries of teaching, learning, and thinking. She enjoys making pedagogical and informational videos, creative-philosophical guidebooks, and has run multiple workshops on artscience creation/speculative design. She is presently a visiting fellow with the ISEAS Yusof Ishak in Singapore under their Media, Technology, and Society programme, working on a project relating to political social media, race, and cybersecurity in Malaysia and Southeast Asia more broadly.

She has a BSc in Physics (Hons) and MA in English Literature from University Malaya. Her PhD in Literature; together with graduate certificates in the history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine; feminist studies; as well as information science, information studies; are from Duke University.

Area of Expertise
  • HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY (science and literature, science studies, science and society)
  • DRAMA (History and philosophy of the arts)
  • APPLIED PHILOSOPHY (science, technology, arts and ethics)
  • Critical theory and philosophy of artscience (Sustainability sciences, critical design, performance theory, games design)
  • INFORMATION STUDIES (Informational justice, Infrastructure and platform studies, data studies, critical code studies)
  • CULTURAL THEORY (Comparative media studies, new media, media arts, continental philosophy)
    (Course Title),(Level of Study),(Institution),(Academic Session)
  • 7003 - Ethics and Philosophy in Drama, Post Graduate, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2020/2021)
  • RIB1006 - Western Theatre, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2020/2021)
  • ROB7003 - ETHICS AND PHILOSOPHY IN DRAMA, Master, University of Malaya (2021/R1)
  • ROB7003 - ETHICS AND PHILOSOPHY IN DRAMA, Master, University of Malaya (2020/R2)
  • RIB1006 - WESTERN THEATRE, Bachelor/First Degree, University of Malaya (2020/S2)
    (Title of publication in APA style)
    Refereed Journals
    • Lee, C. A. L., & Kerr, E. (2020). Trolls at the polls: What cyberharassment, online political activism, and baiting algorithms can show us about the rise and fall of Pakatan Harapan (May 2018-February 2020). First Monday, 25(6). (SCOPUS)
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2019). What Science Fiction Can Demonstrate About Novelty in the Context of Discovery and Scientific Creativity. Foundations of Science, 24(4), 705 725. (WoS)
    • Tsekleves, E., Yong, M. H., Lee, C. A. L., Giga, S., Hwang, J. S., & Lau, S. L. (2019). Rethinking how healthcare is conceptualised and delivered through speculative design in the UK and Malaysia: A Comparative study. The Design Journal, 22(sup1), 429 444. (WoS)
    • Kerr, E., & Lee, C. A. L. (2021). Trolls maintained: Baiting technological infrastructures of informational justice. Information, Communication & Society, 24(1), 1 18. (WoS)
    • Lee, C. A. L., & Low, W. S. (2018). Speculative Code: Mediating the Virtual-Reality of Emergent. Nomorepotlucks, 49. (Non-WoS/Non-SCOPUS)
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2019). Nuclear science and technology in the Malaysian context: Three phases of technoscientific knowledge transfer (ETTLG). Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 77, 130 140. (WoS)
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2017). Gender, and Internationalism: Women s Academic Networks,1917 1955/Girls Coming to Tech! A History of American Engineering Education for Women. East Asian Science, Technology and Society, 11(1), 119 125. (SCOPUS)
    • Lee Clarissa Ai Ling. (2015). Non-trivial philosophy: Cybernetics, data analytics, and the biophysics of information theory. Kybernetes, 44(8/9), 1310 1323. (WoS)
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2014). Schr dinger s notebook: Shifting real. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 84, 143 154. (WoS)
    • LEE, C. (2014). Samuel Chase Coale, Quirks of the Quantum: Postmodernism and Contemporary American Fiction (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2012, $24.50). Pp. 222. Journal of American Studies, 48(4), E115. doi:10.1017/S0021875814001789 (WoS)
    • Lee, C. (2014). Historical Personalities: Tweeting Standard Narratives in the History of Science - Social Media Trends in Medical History. Medical History, 58(4), 627-628. doi:10.1017/mdh.2014.63 (WoS)
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2013). Emmy Noether, Maria Goeppert Mayer, and their Cyborgian Counterparts: Triangulating Mathematical-Theoretical Physics, Feminist Science Studies, and Feminist Science Fiction. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, 3(Feminist Science Fiction). (Non-WoS/Non-SCOPUS)
    Non-Refereed Journals
    • Lee, C.A.L. (2017). Review of Making Medical Knowledge by Miriam Solomon. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 6(1 ), 1-8.
    • Lee, C.A.L. (2016). ArtScientist/ScienceArtist: Finding a Creative-Intellectual Room of One s Own.Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective.
    • Lee, C.A.L. (2015). Why Do Critical Science Studies? A Prolegomena. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 4(12) : 51-55.
    • Lee, C.A.L (2021). Artscience: A Curious Education. Kuala Lumpur: Gerakbudaya Essentials
    Book Chapter
    • Lee, C.A.L. (2022) Diagramming ArtScience: Designing at Knowledge Intersections. In Leslie Atzmon (ed.) Design and Science. Bloonmsbury Academic Publishing.
    • Lee, C. A. L., Yong, M. H., Lim, S. C., Giga, S., Lau, S. L., Johan, J., & Tsekleves, E. (2021). ImaginAging Malaysia: Bringing participatory speculative design to Malaysia s exploration of healthy ageing in place. In E. Tsekleves, R. Cooper, & J. Spencer (Eds.), Design for Global Challenges and Goals (pp. 155 169). Taylor & Francis.
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2020). Cyborgian Episteme as Queer Art-science. In C. H. Gray, H. Figueroa-Sarriera, & S. Mentor (Eds.), Modified: Living as a Cyborg (pp. 139 148). Taylor & Francis.
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2017). Interdisciplinarity. In B. S. Turner (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory (pp. 1 3). Wiley Blackwell.
    Article in Proceedings
    • Lee, C.A.L. (2018). Radiation and the Public: the role of nuclear security and safeguards in public acceptance of nuclear technology in the case of Malaysia. IAEA-CN-269-329. Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Security of Radioactive Material: the Way Forward for Prevention and Detection, abstract 329.
    • Lee, C. A. L., & Lau, S. L. (2018). Imagining the Future of Foods Through Speculative Design. International Conference on Culture Technology 2018. International Conference on Culture Technology. (Non-WoS/Non-SCOPUS)
    Mass Media(Newspaper,Radio,TV,Popular Magazine)
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2019). Speculative design brings bottom up approach to healthy ageing in place. The Compass, 5, 14.
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2018). Historical Amnesia of the Scientific Mind in Southeast Asia. Compass, 4, 10.
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2017). When Twentieth Century Physics Arrived in British Malaya: Establishing Physics Literacy. Asia Pacific Physics Newsletter, 6(1), 52 54.
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2017). Nuclear Science as Big Science in Southeast Asia: A Case of Malaysia. Asia Pacific Physics Newsletter, 6(2), 42 45.
    Other Media(Tape,Video,Internet)
    • Lee, C. A. L., & Lee, S. L. (2020, July 3). Episode 32. The Distillery.
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2020, September 16). On COVID-19 and vulnerable communities [Academic]. History of Science ON CALL: Listening, Attending, Acting.
    • TheMattmosphere & Lee, C. A. L. (2019). Clarissa Lee. Wombat Radio. Retrieved February 9, 2021, from
    • Lee, C. A. L. (2017, August 16). Big Data and Sustainable Development in the Age of Inequality. Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development Sunway University, Malaysia.
    Policy Briefs
    • Lee, C. A. L., & Adli Rosli, A. (2021, August 19). Najib Razak: Bestriding Social Media Like a Bossku. Fulcrum.
    • Lee, C.A.L. (2021). Malaysia s #Kitajagakita Invigorates Political Activism and Tackles Apathy [Policy Brief], Fulcrum. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute).
    • Lee, C.A.L. (2021). Automating Dissent with Hashtags: from #Kitajagakita to #Benderahitam [Policy Brief]. Fulcrum. Forthcoming
    Academic/Professional Services
  • Theme lead for the Building Resillient Systems Track of the Commonwealth Science Conference, 02/11/2020 to 26/02/2021, International, (Technical Advisor)
  • Expert Linkages
    (Linkages Description),(Organisation),(Duration of Involvement),(Level)
  • Panel Pakar Projek Dana Penyelidikan dan Pembangunan (R&D) , Kementerian Sains, Teknology dan Inovasi (MOSTI) , 2021 (Malaysia)
  • Academic/Technical Contribution
  • Project on Malay Social Media, Social Hacking, and Internet Trolling, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) Yusof Ishak, 2021 - 2021 (Project Leader)
  • Theme lead and co-host for the Commonwealth Science Conference 2021, Royal Society of Science, 2020 - 2021 (Technical Advisor)
    (Name of Award/Stewardship),(Awarding Institution),(Year Awarded),(Type of Award)
    • DISTINGUISH FELLOWSHIP, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)-Yusof Ishak, Singapore, 2021 (DISTINGUISH FELLOWSHIP)
    (Title),(Event),(Date Presented),(Organiser),(Level)
  • Building the Emergent Philosophy of Artscience, INSPEM Online Weekly Seminar, 13/08/2021 to 13/08/2021, Institut Penyelidikan Matematik (INSPEM) (National)
  • Respondent to a keynote speaker, 2021 Summer School on the Histories of AI: A Genealogy of Power, 12/07/2021 to 16/07/2021, University of Cambridge (International)
  • ARTSCIENCE AS SPECULATIVE ART PRACTICE AND RESEARCH CREATION, SIRI 3 Mgtf Usm KUAT (Kuliah Atas Talian), 17/06/2021 to 17/06/2021, Muzium & Galeri Tengku Fauziah (National)
  • Shapes of Knowledge: Speculative Fiction Through Artscience, Lloyd Fernando Seminar Series, 23/04/2021 to 23/04/2021, English Department, Universiti Malaya (University)
  • Theories, Archives, and Fieldsites: Case of Doing STS in Southeast Asia, TECHNOLOGY AND POSTCOLONIALITY: HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL STUDIES OF TECHNOLOGY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA , 25/01/2019 to 26/01/2019, Center for Culture and Frontier Studies (International)
  • When Race Becomes the Bait, or the Algorithms of Divide and Conquer in Malaysia s Politics, Social Media and Democracy: A Complicated Relationship, 21/09/2020 to 21/09/2020, MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY PROGRAMME AND INDONESIA STUDIES PROGRAMME WEBINAR SERIES (International)
  • A-S/S-A (artscience/scienceart spectrum) Systems Manual + Mitigating Climate Change Through Game Simulation, Ideas Fest 2020, 22/02/2020 to 22/02/2020, IdeasCity- NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (International)
  • Science and Technology Diplomacy in Designing Malaysia s Future Technoscientific Collaborations, Meeting on Malaysia-Republic of Korea Relations: Advancing the Case for a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, 23/04/2019 to 23/04/2019, Malaysia Scholars on Korea Network (Government Sector/public Institution)
  • Speculative Design as Art-Science Approach to Thinking About Ageing, Building knowledge and narratives between social innovation and science and technology, 08/10/2018 to 09/10/2018, Social Innovation-Live Asia (International)
  • To Affect, Be Affected and Affecting as an Ontology of Being on the Internet, Writing the Internet: Internet Lore in Asia, 08/03/2018 to 09/03/2018, Asia Research Institute (International)
  • The Public's Right to Know: Communicating the Science of Radiation Risks and Standards in Malaysia. , Risks, Standards, and Knowledge Circulation in Nuclear and Radiation Science and Technology for Development and Making and Doing Exhibition, 29/08/2018 to 01/09/2018, Annual Meeting for the Society of Social Studies of Science (4S) (International)
  • From Multi-Disciplinary Teams to Interdisciplinary Projects: A Humanist s view on Managing Cross-disciplinary Collaborations in a Developing Country, DHSI 2021: Project Management in the Humanities, 07/06/2021 to 18/06/2021, Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) (International)
  • Malaysian Trolls: Internet-based trolling as the new normal in Malaysian politics, JCI Forum, 10/12/2019 to 10/12/2019, Jeffrey Cheah Institute of Southeast Asia (University)
  • Radiation and the Public: the role of nuclear security and safeguards in public acceptance of nuclear technology in the case of Malaysia, International Conference on Security of Radioactive Material: the Way Forward for Prevention and Detection, 03/12/2018 to 07/12/2018, International Atomic Energy Agency (International)
  • International Conference on Culture Technology 2018, International Conference on Culture Technology 2018, 15/11/2018 to 18/11/2018, International Association for Convergence Science and Technology (International)
  • Nuclear Scientific Diplomacy as Transnational Knowledge Transfer in Building Science and Technological Expertise in Malaysia, Nuclear Diplomacy publication workshop , 09/11/2018 to 11/11/2018, Sokendai University, Japan and Drexel University, US (International)
  • Polycentres of Science and Transnational Scientific Diplomacies in East Asia, 13th East Asian STS Network Conference: The Past, Present, and Future of East Asian STS, 01/12/2017 to 03/12/2017, East Asian STS Network (International)