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Dr Christina Yin

Senior Lecturer
PhD English (Nottingham), MA (Hons) (Melbourne), BA (magna cum laude) (Tufts University), CELTA (British Council)

School of Foundation Studies

Office No:+60 82 260 769
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: G212
Email: cyin@swinburne.edu.my


Christina has been a news anchor, broadcast and print journalist, assistant editor in publishing firms, freelance radio deejay, writer and columnist, communications officer for a conservation organisation, interviewer, voice-over artist, short story and creative nonfiction writer, and lecturer.

She joined Swinburne in 2003, winning the Swinburne Alumni Teaching Excellence Award in 2011. Christina has been at the helm of the Swinburne Inter-School Debating Championship since its inception in 2006 and is an active advisor for the Debaters’ and Green clubs as well as the founder of the Swinburne Sarawak Creative Writing Community. She holds weekly creative writing sessions with interested students throughout the year in addition to co-organising annual creative writing, debate, public speaking, and conservation events such as the Green Microfiction Challenge and the Run for the Wild.

Completing her PhD in English at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia in 2020, Christina’s thesis Creative Nonfiction: True Stories of People involved in Fifty Years of Conservation of the Orang-utan in Sarawak, Malaysia combined her two passions: conservation and creative nonfiction writing. Eleven of the 34 creative nonfiction pieces that formed her thesis’s creative artefact were published during the course of her studies.

Research Interests

Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing, Narrative Inquiry, student motivation, e-learning, blogs and discussion forums.

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
  • Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA)

Editorial Board Memberships

  • Member, Advisory Review Board, Journal of Communication, Language and Culture, Multimedia University

PhD/Master by Research Opportunities

Potential research higher degree candidates are welcome to enquire about postgraduate opportunities in the following areas/ projects:
  1. Creative Nonfiction
  2. Creative Writing
  3. English literature

Please contact Christina for more information on the above topics at cyin@swinburne.edu.my

Honours and Awards

  • Vice Chancellor’s Sustainability Award, 2021
  • Highly Commended, Vice Chancellor’s Community Engagement Award, 2016
  • Swinburne Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, 2011
  • Publications