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Associate Professor & ARC DECRA Fellow, Internet Studies, Curtin University

Dr Crystal Abidin is a socio-cultural anthropologist of vernacular internet cultures, particularly young people’s relationships with internet celebrity, self-curation, and vulnerability. She is Associate Professor & ARC DECRA Fellow in Internet Studies, and Programme Lead of Social Media Pop Cultures at the Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University. Her books include Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online (2018), Microcelebrity Around the Globe: Approaches to Cultures of Internet Fame (co-editor Brown, 2018), Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures (co-authors Leaver & Highfield, 2019), Mediated Interfaces: The Body on Social Media (co-editors Warfield & Cambre, 2020), tumblr (co-authors Tiidenberg & Hendry 2021), and TikTok and Youth Cultures (2022). Reach her at


  • 2017–2019
    Postdoctoral Fellow at the MMTC, Jönköping University
  • 2017–2019
    Researcher, Handelsrådet
  • 2016–2017
    Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology, National University of Singapore