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Nanyang Technological University
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Environmental history, Religion and Ecology, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Post-humanism, Mass violence, Indigeneity, Conversions
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About Me

I am a historian of Southeast Asia, focusing on the environment and religion in the maritime region. I completed my PhD in History at Yale University in Dec 2017. Prior to that, I obtained a B.Sc (Hons) in Mathematics and English, along with an M.A in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore.

My current research focuses on conversions, sacred landscapes, indigenous forest communities and more-than-human relationships in Southeast Asia. I have also published on mass violence in the twentieth century and indigenous constructions of health. I am interested in exploring interdisciplinary approaches to historical research and incorporating non-conventional archives such as visual and scientific proxy records as well as digital tools.
Recent Publications

Religion, Mass Violence and Illiberal Regimes: Recent Research on the Rohingya in Myanmar,” Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs , 38:1, April 2019

Qingzhen from the Perspective of the Other: Consumption and Muslim Boundary-Making in Republican China, 1920 to 1949,” Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies, 3:2, November 2018.

Indonesia’s Mass Killings in 1965-66: Retrospective and Requiem,” Critical Asian Studies, 50: 4 , November 2018

Traditional Malay Medicine in Singapore: A Gramscian Perspective,” in Indonesia and the Malay World, 45:131 (with Humairah Zainal), March 2017

Detentions in Mass Violence: Policy and Practice in Indonesia 1965 – 1968,” in Critical Asian Studies, 44:3 (with Douglas Kammen), September 2012

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei
Expertise by Geography
China, Southeast Asia
Expertise by Chronology
4, 5, 8
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Colonialism, Environment, Genocide, Indigenous Peoples, Medicine, Religion, Rural & Agrarian History