Elmie Nekmat is Assistant Professor in Communications and New Media, joining the faculty in 2014 after a one year postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara. He obtained his Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences with an interdisciplinary minor in Educational and Social Psychology from the University of Alabama, where he received the the 2013 Knox Hagood Doctoral Student Award for outstanding academic performance, collegiality, and potential to contribute to the field. Elmie specializes in media effects research, with a strong focus on the social psychological processes and effects of computer-mediated communication in public opinion perception, digitally-mediated collective action, source and information credibility evaluation, public relations, and their intersections in socially networked online environments. He has also published work on media literacy, with emphases on new literacies pertaining to digital media and technologies. Beyond the academe, Elmie serves in a number of national and community organizations in various capacities related to media, culture, and education in Singapore. These include board member for the National Library Board, council member for the Ngee Ann Polytechnic, committee member for the Media Literacy Council, Malay Programmes Advisory Committee, and Arts Consultative Panel for the Infocomm Media Development Authority, and as Expert Panel for Strategic Communications in the Ministry of Defence.