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Personal profile


Dr Tan Meng Yoe is a Senior Lecturer of Media and Communications Studies and the Deputy Head of School (Education) at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. He completed his PhD with Monash University Malaysia in 2013 on the subject of online religion.

His monograph, Malaysian Christians Online: Faith, Experience, and Social Engagement, published in 2020, explored how Malaysian Christians used online platforms such as blogs and social media sites to express and experience Christian community and spirituality in new ways. He has researched and published on how internet practices shape religious and political communication among Malaysians in individual, institutional, and national socio-political contexts. His ongoing curiosity is on the concept of “reality” in cyberspace, and whether spirituality can be experienced online.

In recognition of his work, Dr Tan was appointed in 2021 as a Research Fellow in Religion and New Media with the Christian Institute of Theological Engagement (CHRISTE), a chartered Research Institute under the EUCLID prerogative (United Nations Treaty Series 49006/49007) .

Apart from the above, he has also ventured into other areas of collaborative research in areas such as media and politics in Malaysia, health communication, and education research. 

Research interests

Dr Tan Meng Yoe’s current research is a study on the Malaysian Christian experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. Within this study he explores issues of technological/digital literacy, the relationship between digital technology in spirituality, pastoral and community experience in online environments, and theological/spiritual persectives on online church. He hopes to futher engage with questions of spiritual authenticity, authority, and community engagement on the internet.

Dr Tan's interest in online religion began in 2010 when he embarked on his PhD - long before Covid-19 put a spotlight on the field. He has researched and published on blogging as expression and experience of spirituality; inter/intra-religious engagement and structures of religious communities in Malaysian social-media spaces, and more. 

He is also active in researching the role of the media in political communication in Malaysia, having recently completely a study of political representation in mainstream newspapers in the 14th Malaysian General Elections.

Monash teaching commitment

Dr Tan Meng Yoe is currently serving as the Deputy Head of School (Education) in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, where he leads the education initiatves of the school. He previously served as the course coordinator/director for the Master of Communications and Media Studies programme from 2015 to 2022.

In the classroom, he has successfully integrated active learning, innovative use of technology, and traditional teaching into his curriculum. His excellence in teaching was recognized in when he was a finalist in

He is also actively involved in education research. He was part of a team that was awarded two research grants from the Monash University Malaysia Better Learning Better Teaching (BTBL) initiative and the Monash Education Academy to conduct a campus wide study on student and teacher expectations on assessment support and feedback. It is their hope that this study will enhance education experience of both teachers and students alike.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Monash University Malaysia

Award Date: 11 Nov 2017

Arts, PhD, The Digital Church: Urban Malaysian Christian Experiences in Cyberspace, Monash University Malaysia

Award Date: 6 Apr 2014

Communications, Bachelor (Hons)

Award Date: 16 Oct 2008

External positions

Research fellow, CHRISTE - Christian Institute for Theological Engagement

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Research area keywords

  • digital religion
  • Malaysian Christianity
  • Online communities
  • media studies

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