Starting in Spring 2014, Merlyna Lim has been appointed Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society with the School of Journalism and Communication Carleton University in Ottawa, ON Canada.

Merlyna’s research interests revolve around societal implications of technology, particularly digital media and information technology. “Throughout her research career, Lim has looked at digital media in a wide range of contexts, including its influence on democracy, identity and religion, and civic spaces.”

Previously she was a Visiting Research Professor with Princeton University’s Center of Information Technology Policy and a Distinguished Scholar of Technology and Public Engagement at Arizona State University. She also has held positions as a visiting scholar at the KITLV Leiden – the Netherlands, a postdoctoral research associate at the Annenberg Center for Communication of the University of Southern California, and a Henry Luce Southeast Asia fellow with the East-West Center in Washington DC.  Merlyna Lim completed her Ph.D. (cum laudein University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands with a scholarship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Merlyna is also a visual artist, an amateur musician/singer, and in her previous life was an award-winning designer/architect. She currently lives in Ottawa, ON between the Princeton, NJ and Tempe, AZ with her award winning musician life-partner in a cozy house with a flower & vegetable garden, some paintings, thousands of books, house plants, a black old Steinway piano, a couple old violins,  guitars, one sitar, one trumpet, one banjo, one ukulele, one cajon, one pair of claves, one drum set, two flutes, and half a dozen harmonicas.