FASS Visiting Fellowship for Distinguished Scholars 2016
Professor Nicole Huang
Dr Nicole Huang, Professor of modern Chinese literature and visual culture at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of Women, War, Domesticity: Shanghai Literature and Popular Culture of the 1940s(Brill, 2005) and the coeditor of Written on Water: A Collection of Essays by Eileen Chang(Columbia, 2005). Dr Huang is completing a book manuscript called Late Mao Soundscapes: Auditory Culture and Daily Practice in 1970s China. A second book manuscript, written in Chinese, is titledRekindling the Strange Land: Sinophone Narratives and Cultural Imagination (《重溫異鄉：華語敘述與文化想像》). She has also begun a new project on social use of photography in contemporary China, supported by a fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr Huang visited the Department of Chinese Studies from 14-21 October. She delivered a public lecture, “Voice as Ephemera: Reconstructing a Culture of Listening in 1970s China”, and led one graduate seminar on situating sound studies in 1970s China.
Professor Zheng Zhenman
Dr Zheng Zhenman is Professor and Director of the Institute for Local Historical Documentation in the Department of History of Xiamen University. He is one of the best known leading historians in the Southern Chinese School of local and regional history. His books have been reprinted regularly, and he is a frequent visitor to the Harvard-Yenching Center, the Centre for East Asian Research at McGill Univerisity, the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and many universities and research centers in Japan and Taiwan and Korea.
Dr Zheng recently received a multi-year grant to develop a web-based GIS informed database on Chinese local historical documents gathered in the villages of Fujian. He is a long term research collaborator of Dr Kenneth Dean (Professor and Head, Department of Chinese Studies) and together they have published three books in six volumes, along with several journal articles. Currently they are working to complete a three volume collection of stone inscriptions on the history of religion in the Zhangzhou area. Dr Zheng visited the Department of Chinese Studies from 10 April-13 May, where he delivered a public lecture on “A Database for Chinese Local Historical Documents”.
Professor Brent Vogt
Dr Brent Vogt is Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr Vogt is also the founder and president of Cingulum Neurosciences Institute, a tax-exempt 509(c)(3) corporation dedicated to exploring the structure, functions and diseases of cingulate cortex. It engages in translation of animal research to human conditions and supports research to uncover cingulate mechanisms of psychiatric diseases and objective measures of impaired cingulate functions –with the goal of developing cingulate-mediated cognitive and drug therapeutics. His book Cingulate Neurobiology and Disease (2009, Oxford University Press) is unmatched in both its depth and academic acceptance. He has published seminal articles on the circuitry and role of cingulate cortex in chronic pain, placebo, hypnosis, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and mild cognitive impairment by translating basic research findings on cingulate structure, connections and receptor binding. Further achievements include developing a successful model of psychogenic pain based on the physical parameters of harsh human child abuse in order to study the cingulate-mediated mechanisms of acute and chronic pain and stress induced by child rape. He is the world’s leading expert on cingulate cortex, maintains major collaborations throughout the world, and has been invited to speak and organize symposia in 27 U.S. cities and 10 countries. Dr Vogt visited the Department of Psychology from 10-25 November. During his visit, he performed a study in collaboration with Drs Stuart Derbyshire and Adriana Banozic using functional MRI to study brain changes evoked by a learning paradigm in which healthy subjects learned to identify links between one colored circle with noxious heat to the back of the hand and another colored circle that had no such association. Dr Vogt also presented two seminars: “Cingulate Neurobiology: Region & Subregion Models” at the Clinical Imaging Research Centre, and “Exploring the Cingulate Pain Model: How Mr Awesome Uses His Cingulate Subregions to Avoid Pain” at the Department of Psychology.
Professor Edward R. Hirt
Dr Edward R. Hirt is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. Prof Hirt’s research generally concentrates on issues related to motivation and performance. His primary current line of research focuses on mental depletion and its pejorative consequences for subsequent performance and acts of self-control. During his visit to the Department of Psychology from 14 to 22 September he worked on a book, Self-Regulation and Ego Control, co-edited with Dr Jia Lile (NUS) and Dr Joshua J. Clarkson (University of Cincinnati), worked with Dr Jia Lile on four projects on self-control, met potential faculty and student collaborators, and presented a department seminar.
Professor David H. Rosenbloom
Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Dr David H. Rosenbloom specializes in constitutional-administrative law, administrative theory, history, reform, and personnel management. A major contributor to the field and a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow, his numerous awards include the Whittington Award for excellent teaching, Gaus Award for exemplary scholarship in political science and public administration, Waldo Award for outstanding contributions to the literature and leadership of public administration, Levine Award for excellence in public administration, and Brownlow Award for his book, Building A Legislative-Centered Public Administration. During his visit to the Political Science Department from 20-29 January, he delivered a public seminar titled "Dealing with Mission Extrinsic Public Values in Performance Oriented Public Management" and hosted a public dialogue on "Teaching and Research in Public Administration".
Professor Donald L. Horowitz
Dr Donald L. Horowitz is the James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science Emeritus at Duke University and Senior Fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. He is the author of seven books: The Courts and Social Policy (1977), which won the Louis Brownlow Award of the National Academy of Public Administration; The Jurocracy (1977), a book about government lawyers; Coup Theories and Officers’ Motives: Sri Lanka in Comparative Perspective (1980); Ethnic Groups in Conflict (1985, 2000); A Democratic South Africa? Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (1991), which won the Ralph Bunche Prize of the American Political Science Association; The Deadly Ethnic Riot (2001); and Constitutional Change and Democracy in Indonesia, published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press. During his visit to the Political Science Department from 11 January to 9 February, Prof Horowitz gave a seminar on constitutional processes, a seminar on federalism for severely divided societies at ISEAS, a public lecture titled "The Perils of Ethnic Powersharing", and consulted with faculty members and students.
FASS Visiting Fellowship for Distinguished Scholars 2014
Professor Francesca Pazzaglia
Prof Francesca Pazzaglia heads the School of Psychology at the University of Padua, Italy. She researches spatial cognition and visuospatial working memory. During her visit to the Department of Psychology from 9 to 16 February she gave a talk titled "What factors affect spatial learning and navigation? How abilities, strategies and instructions interact in affecting the performance of wayfinding tasks".
Professor Robert Stecker
Robert Stecker is Professor of Philosophy at Central Michigan University. He has also taught at the University of Houston, the National University of Singapore, Auckland University (New Zealand), and at Lingnan University (Hong Kong), where he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar. He is the author of Artworks: Definition, Meaning, Value (1997), Interpretation and Construction: Art:, Speech and the Law (2003), and Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art (2005). During his visit to the Philosophy Department from 22 Jan-4 Feb 2014, Prof Stecker gave one talk ("Film Narration, Imagined Seeing, and Seeing-In") and one workshop ("Epistemic Norms, Moral norms and Nature Appreciation"), and met with various faculty members.
FASS Visiting Fellowship for Distinguished Scholars 2013 (Fall 2013)
Associate Professor Jan de Mol
A/P De Mol of the Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Louvain (Belgium), visitied the Department of Social Work August 31- September 14 2013. He has more than 30 years of clinical practice in family therapy which he was able to put to good use when he taught four course of the 'Family Therapy Module' to graduate students. He also gave a workshop for fieldwork supervisors titiled "Ethics in Social Work Supervision". He worked closely with A/P Esther Goh on a grant proposal to examine multistressed families in Singapore.
Professor Frank F. Furstenberg
Prof Furstenburg, Zellerbach Family Chair Emeritus in the Sociology Department at the University of Pennslyvania and Associate of the Population Studies Center thereto, visited the FASS Sociology Department 1-30 April 2013. His research primarily concerns sociological and demographic studies of children, youth and the family. During his one month stay he gave various talks (hosted by the Sociology Department, the FCY Cluster and ARI) and counselled junior faculty and graduate students about academic career paths.
Professor Arindam Chakrabarti
Prof Chakrabarti, of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, visited the FASS Department of Philosophy between 17-30 March 2013. After being trained as an analytic philosopher of language at Oxford, Prof Chakrabarti has spent several years receiving traditional training in Indian logic (Navya Nyaya). The highlight of his visit was a one-day 'Workshop on Justice and Ethics of Debate and Dialogue'. He also presented a paper on "Truth and Recognition of Truth: Frege and Nyaya" as part of the department's Philosophy Seminar Series, and another talk on "Envy, Competition, Markets and Morals." Prof Chakrabarti worked closely with Deprtment Head A/P Tan Sor Hoon and visiting academic Dr Ralph Weber on a book project.
Professor Ban Wang
Prof Ban Wang is the William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies and the chair of the department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University. He is also the Yangtze River Chair Porfessor at East China Normal University. He is a recognized as a leading expert in the research of modern Chinese literature and film, comparative literature and modern Chinese intellectual history. During his visit to the FASS Department of Chinese Studies, March 17-28 2013, he gave a Dean's Leadership in Asian Studies talk on "Empire, Tianxia, and Kang Youwei's Vision of World Order" and another departmental talk on "Morality and Poetics in Liang Qichao's The Future of New China."
Associate Professor Elvira Lang
Dr Elvira Lang MD is an interventional radiologist known for her research about the clinical effectiveness and cost saving of pre and intra-procedural hypnotic interventions. She is a former Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. During her stay, February 11-16 2013, Dr. Lang was hosted by the FASS Department of Psychology and conducted a series of 11 lectures/seminars across many venues. She also worked very closely with Prof Gabriel Tan on a research paper on the best analytical approaches and measurements of acute procedural pain. Furthermore she and Prof Tan met with Dr. Asim, a surgeon at NUH, and will conduct some pilot reseach into the use of hypnosis during gastroscopy procedures, which will be a first in that setting at NUS.
FASS Visiting Fellowship for Distinguished Scholars 2012 (Fall 2012)
Professor Gerald Gaus
Prof Gaus is the James E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona and was hosted by the FASS Department of Philosophy 4-19 August 2012. His main area of work is social and political philosophy, though he rejects the dominant highly idealized and objectivist moral suppositions of the field - his work focuses on how a society can achieve a public moral framework that is freely endorsed by diverse normative perspectives. During his stay, aside from the many interactions with faculty and students, the department organized a workshop to discuss Prof Gaus' recent book The Order of Public Reason and held a very well attended Public Lecture on "The Perious Seduction of the Ideal: Why We should Resist the Allure of Moral Homogeneity".
Professor Zhou Zhenhe
Prof Zhou is Distinguished Professor of the Institute of Historical Geography at Fudan University and was hosted by the Department of Chinese Studies 1-14 August 2012. He is a scholar in the field of historical geography, in particular the areas of ancient Chinese maps and cultural interactions. During his visit he conducted research on ancient maps of China and SE Asia, and missionary activities between Malacca, Singapore, Hong Kong and South China during the 17th and 18th centuries, consulting the NUS Chinese Library collection. He conducted one departmental seminar on "East-West and North-South: The Political and Geographical Background of the Five Capitals in Chinese History" and a public lecture on "From Cantonese English to Pidgin English: The contribution of Cantonese to Chinese-English language interaction" that was attended by more than 300 people.
FASS Visiting Fellowship for Distinguished Scholars 2011 (Fall 2011)
Leon Kuczynski is a Professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph, Ontario. He visited the FASS Department of Social Work July 31 – August 16 2011 with a primary goal being the consolidation of his working relationship with Dr. Esther Goh and broadening their research agenda based on 'Social Relational Theory'. Two specific papers relate firstly to the cultural meanings of doing house chores and secondly to children's health and hygiene habits development. From August 8-12 Dr Jan De Mol (University of Leuven, Belgium) joined in discussions for a proposed grant application on a relational perspective on the treatment of ADHD as well as other projects involving cross cultural comparisons. On August 12 Prof Kuczynski held a well-attended Joint Seminar between the Social Work Department and the Family, Children and Youth Research Cluster on "Non-compliance and Resistance in Middle Childhood and Adolescence: A Social Relational Perspective on Normal Deviance."
FASS Visiting Scholars Scheme 2009/2010
Dr Derek Heng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at The Ohio State University. He was hosted as a VSS Fellow by the Department of History from June 11, 2009 to July 10, 2009. Dr Heng's research interests include Southeast Asian society, economy and state-formation; China-Southeast Asia interactions; Chinese maritime history; the History of Singapore; Heritage preservation and the trade of antiquities in Southeast Asia and China. His research topic was on the formative processes of pre-modern societies in maritime Southeast Asia. During his stay, he conducted extensive research using trans-literated and Chinese language texts not available elsewhere. He also participated in the launch of the book "Singapore: A 700-Year History" which he co-authored with Prof Tan Tai Yong and Mr Kwa Chong Guan. In conjunction with the launch of the book, he also contributed an article which was published in the Straits Time on 30 June 2009.
Professor Stanton Newman is Professor of Health Psychology at University College London (UCL) and Honorary Consultant clinical Psychologist at University College London Hospitals. He was hosted as a VSS Fellow by the Department of Psychology from September 18, 2009 to October 24, 2009. He trained in neuropsychology in the USA and in clinical psychology in the UK. Establishing his research in the area of Health Psychology, he also founded one of the first Health Psychology masters courses in the UK. During his stay, he discussed a grant submission on self management in end-stage renal disease with the renal physicians in NUH. Plans were also made to establish collaborative research between the Psychology Department of NUS and the Singapore Institute of Clinical Sciences (SICS) within the area of adult cognition and incorporating research on end-stage renal disease. Two papers were submitted jointly by NUS and UCL, one of which has been revised for the Journal of Psychosomatic Research. A book proposal on transplantation was also drafted. SICS also invited Prof Newman to present at a meeting entitled "Cognitive Aging: Sciences and Intervention".
Dr Samuel Ho is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology in the University of Hong Kong (HKU). In HKU, he heads the position of Chief Examiner for the Master of Social Sciences in the Clinical Psychology Program. He was a VSS Fellow hosted by the Department of Psychology from April 20, 2009 to June 30, 2009. Dr Ho directs the positive Psychology laboratory of the Psychology Department in HKU and is doing research on positive psychology in Chinese speaking community including subjective well-being, maximization, post-traumatic growth, hope and positive intervention. During his stay in NUS, he worked on research collaborations which include comparing resilience and growth among people who experienced the Tsunami and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and also a RCT study on Positive Supportive-Expressive Group Therapy for Women with Breast Cancer. These collaborations have resulted in a journal paper to be submitted to international peer review journal, training of clinical psychology interns, and faculty members on positive psychology and also development of a research project on positive psychology.
Dr George Vachadze is a research fellow in the Department of Economics in the Bielefeld University. He was hosted as a VSS Fellow by the Department of Economics from July 17, 2009 to August 7, 2009. Some of his teaching and research interests include international economics, economic development, dynamic macroeconomic theory, growth theory, financial economics and econometrics and statistics. During his stay, he worked with Dr Tomoo Kikuchi on two papers, namely, "Non-monotonic Dynamics in an OLG Economy with Land" and "Risk Aversion and Endogenous Credit Cycles in a Small Open Economy." Dr Vachadze took part in the 4th Workshop on Macroeconomics Dynamics and presented the paper "Self-fulfilling Expectations in an OLG Model with Credit Market Imperfection". He also gave a presentation in the departmental seminar series entitled "Tangible Assets, Capital Mobility, and Endogenous Fluctuations".
FASS Visiting Scholars Scheme 2008/2009
Professor Peter Ditmanson of Colby College, USA, visited the Department of Chinese Studies between May 10, 2008 to May 31, 2008. During his visit, he worked with Dr Koh Khee Heong and Dr Ong Cheng Woei. He presented his paper "Local and Trans-local activism in Commemorating the Martyrs of 1420" at the international conference on "Translocal and Transregional Dynamics in Chinese History, 960-1911" organized by the Department of Chinese Studies of which he was the co-organizer. He also participated actively in a roundtable discussion on the last day of the conference. He was invited to give a talk by the Ming Qing research group. The talk was entitled "The Problem with success: Southern Daoxue in the Yuan."
Professor Stuart Elden is Professor of Political Geography at Durham University, United Kingdom. He was a VSS scholar hosted by the Department of Geography from September 1, 2008 to November 30, 2008. He was invited by Professor Henry Yeung. His main research interests are political geography and philosophical geography. During his time at FASS, he worked on a book project, under the tentative title of "The Geometry of the Political: A History of the State of Territory." He also presented a formal department seminar entitled 'Territory as a Political Technology' which was a theoretical overview of the book project.
Dr Ravinder Sidhu is Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Queensland, Australia. She was a VSS Fellow hosted by the Migration Cluster at FASS from April 1, 2008 to April 23, 2008 and November 20, 2008 to December 3, 2008. Her main research interests are in education policies, knowledge economies and globalization. During her time in FASS, she worked with Professor Brenda Yeoh and A/P Ho Kong Chong to investigate Singapore's education hub-building policies ('Global Schoolhouse'). As part of her visit, she conducted two seminars: "When World Class Universities Come to Town" and "Building a Global Schoolhouse". With Professor Brenda Yeoh and A/P Ho Kong Chong, she completed one chapter for an edited book, "Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific: Strategic Responses to Globalization" by S. Marginson, E. Sawir & S. Kaur (eds). A journal article on the 'Global Schoolhouse' is currently being prepared for submission to a leading international journal.
Dr Anise Wu is Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Macau, Macau. She was a VSS Fellow hosted by the Department of Psychology from June 17, 2008 to July 17, 2008. Her main research interest is addictive behavioral patterns. During her time in FASS, she worked with Professor Catherine Tang on the research project entitled "Chinese Problem Gamblers" which aimed to develop and design future studies on the issue of problem gambling among Chinese. This project explores various cognitive, personality, and cultural factors which are likely to account for the observed differences between controlled gamblers and problem gamblers.
Professor He Xuefeng is Professor at the Research Center of Chinese Rural Governance of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. He was a VSS fellow from April 27, 2008 for three months at the invitation of A/P Chen An of the Department of Political Science. His main research interests are China's rural politics. During the visit, he wrote scholarly articles and edited a study series on China's rural governance. The series (16 books) was published in January 2009 by Shan Dong People's Publishing House.
Professor Linda Peake is Professor of Social Science and Women's Studies at York University, Canada. She was a VSS Fellow hosted by the Department of Geography from February 17, 2009 to March 2, 2009. Her main research interests are cities, women's issues. During her time in FASS, she wrote research applications (involving A/P Tracey Skelton and Professor Brenda Yeoh, NUS as well as other Geography professors based in Canada and Taiwan). These include applications to Canadian and Taiwanese funding agencies for comparative research projects on women in cities in the Asia Pacific and Caribbean regions and for two workshops.
Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship 2016
Professor Claudio Minca
Dr Claudio Minca is Professor and Head of the Cultural Geography chair group at Wageningen University. A human geographer with strong interests in cultural and political theory, his main research projects have focused on the geographies of tourism and travel and the spatial theories of modernity, including conceptualizations of landscape, place and power. He has also written extensively on the relationship between space and biopolitics, with a particular focus on the work of philosopher Giorgio Agamben and legal theorist Carl Schmitt. His most recent work has been on Trieste (cosmopolitanism, border thinking, geographies of absence), Morocco (postcolonial geographies of travel) and the Mediterranean more broadly. Dr Minca visited the Department of Geography from 22 February-13 March, 2016.
Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship 2015
Associate Professor Kwee Hui Kian
Associate Professor of Diaspora, Transnational Studies, and History at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto, Dr Kwee Hui Kian has also been a postdoctoral fellow at ARI, a visiting fellow at NUS, and a research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). Dr Kwee’s research focuses on Southeast Asia and South China from the 17th century to the present. She has examined various themes relating to the history of political economy and colonialism, capitalism; as well as Chinese trade and labour diasporas, social-religious organizations and economic networks. Her teaching interests extend beyond these to compare similar trajectories and themes in other trading diasporas and colonial settings. Her most recent projects explore the cultural-religious strategies of Chinese diasporic entrepreneurship and integrate studies of South China and Southeast Asia. Dr Kwee visited the Department of Chinese Studies from 14-21 April. She gave a well attended public lecture at the Department, titled "Chinese Socio-Religious Institutions and Economic Expansion to Southeast Asia: The Case of West Borneo, c. 1749-1850".
Professor Paolo Santangelo
Dr Paolo Santangelo is a Professor in the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Rome. Dr Santangelo is also Editorial Board member of international referred journals Asia Orientale, Ming Qing Studies, and Frontier of History in China. He is also the leader and organiser of an international research project on the textual analysis of literary and non-literary sources in Chinese culture, which aims to collect and evaluate the expressions concerning emotions and states of mind. In addition, he is the author of several influential books on the social history of pre-modern China, including the volume Sentimental Education in Chinese History. Dr Santangelo is also the Chief Editor of the book series Emotions of State of Mind in Late Imperial China by Brill Publishers in Leiden. Dr Santangelo visited the Department of Chinese Studies from 18 December-6 January and conducted a seminar on “Literary Sources as Precious Historical Sources”. In addition, he delivered a keynote speech entitled “Some Reflections on Human Responsibility in Ming Qing China” at the conference Cultural Diversity: Religion and Society in Late Ming and Early Qing China on 28-29 December, organized by the Wan Bow Sow Research Centre for Chinese Culture at the Department of Chinese Studies.
Associate Professor Robert Hammond
Dr Robert G. Hammond is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at North Carolina State University. He researches industrial organization, experimental economics, and economic history. Some of his latest publications are: "Profit Leak? Pre-Release File Sharing and the Music Industry," Southern Economic Journal, forthcoming; Hammond, R.G. and T. Morrill (2014), ''Strategic Exclusion of the Highest-Valued Bidders in Wholesale Automobile Auctions," Economic Inquiry, 52(3): 1219-1230; and Hammond, R.G. (2013), "Quantifying Consumer Perception of a Financially Distressed Company," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, 31(4): 398-411. During his visit to the Department of Economics from 11-20 November, Dr Hammond gave a talk to the applied theory group on "The Secure Boston Mechanism: Theory and Experiments". He also worked on a research project on “Enhancing Effort Supply with Prize-Augmenting Entry Fees: Theory and Experiments”.
Dr Mark Koyama
Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Mercatus Center Senior Scholar, Dr Koyama earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford. He previously lectured at the University of York and spent a year at the Political Theory Project at Brown University. He is interested in how historical institutions functioned and in the relationship between culture and economic performance. His recent work explores the emergence of religious toleration and the rule of law in Europe between 1500 and 1800. Dr Koyama visited the Department of Economics from 10-24 August. During his visit, Dr Koyama presented “The Literary Inquisition: The Persecution of Intellectuals and Human Capital Accumulation in China” at the Economic Department’s Seminar Series.
Professor Patricia Gober
Professor Patricia Gober is the current interim director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. She is the founding co-Director of the National Science Foundation’s Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) which studies water management decisions in the face of growing climatic uncertainty in Greater Phoenix. During her visit to the Department of Geography from 2 to 13 October, she presented a seminar titled “WaterSim 5.0” to students taking the Environmental Modelling course, gave a department research seminar titled “Outdoor Water Use as an Adaptation Problem: Insights from North American Cities”, and advanced work on a joint publication with Dr Winston Chow on urban adaptation to mega-drought conditions, developing a framework that she and Dr Chow hope to apply in the Southeast Asian context in future.
Professor James Faulconbridge
Professor James Faulconbridge’s research interests lie broadly within the field of Economic Geography. He has three main areas of interest: knowledge, learning and innovation, globalization and professional service firms, and mobility in everyday and business life. His research in knowledge, learning and innovation uses theories of communities of practice as well as related theories of knowledge and learning to examine the practices and spaces of learning in different organisations. He is also interested in theories of globalization and the way these can be used to understand the globalization of professional service firms. His work in mobility in everyday and business life focuses on the now central role of mobility in both day-to-day social life and in the reproduction of global business spaces. During his visit to the Department of Geography from 22 February to 3 March, he conducted nine interviews as part of pilot research exploring the activities of global professional service firms in Southeast Asia and their role in global production networks and delivered a seminar.
Dr Ryan Fehr
Dr Ryan Fehr is an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. His research interests include ethics and morality, conflict management, and prosocial behavior. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland. Ryan's work has been published in outlets such as the Academy of Management Review, Psychological Bulletin, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and OBHDP. His research has received best paper awards from the Conflict Management and Human Resources divisions of the Academy of Management, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies. During his visit to the Psychology Department from 23 May to 5 June, Dr Fehr carried out multiple research projects with Dr. Ashley Fulmer. The primary project studied how moral disengagement enabled followers to trust and help their leadrs, even when their leaders acted unethically. Dr Fehr also held an informal research seminar with Dr Fulmer's research group where he discussed some of his recent research on conflict and mortality.
Associate Professor Shelley McMain
Dr Shelley McMain is a Clinical Psychologist and Head of the Borderline Personality Clinic of the Addictions Section in the Clinical Research Department. She is also attached to the Brain and Therapeutics Division at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and in addition is Adjunct Professor with the Department of Psychology at York University. During her visit to the Psychology Department from 11 to 24 July, Dr McMain gave a seminar on "Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Boderline Personality Disorder: Current Status and Future Directions", an introductory talk on DBT, a 1.5 day clinical workshop called "A DBT Approach to Skillful Living", a talk on the DBT Family Connections Model at the Institute of Mental Health, and a sharing session on her experiences setting up at BPD clinic and DBT programme at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Dr McMain worked on a manuscript with Dr Keng Sian-Ling, held meetings with faculty from the Department to discuss research collaboration opportunities related to DBT, offered insights on setting up a DBT specialist clinic at NUS, currently in process at CHPC, and became a formal collaborated on Dr Keng's study on etiology and construct validity of BPD in Singapore.
Professor Ran Wei
Dr Ran Wei is Gonzalez Brothers Professor of Journalism in the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina. He is the first Asian American Editor-in-Chief of the SSCI journal Mass Communication & Society. His research focuses on media effects and new media. Dr Wei is a pioneering scholar in researching mobile media and has published extensively in the emerging field of mobile communication. During his visit to the Department of Communications and New Media from January 14 to 23, he gave two research talks: "New Media Research at a Crossroads: Predicaments and Solutions" and "Meeting the challenges of publishing Asia-focused research internationally". He also met with faculty, mentored graduate students, and discussed collaborative research projects.
Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship 2014
Prof Xiang Mengbing
Prof Xiang Mengbing is one of the leading scholars in the field of Chinese dialectology. He is a full professor currently based in Peking University. Prof Xiang is highly committed to the description of under-documented Chinese dialects across China by training his students to collect and analyze primary linguistic data through fieldwork with native speakers. During his stay from 14th to 27th December, he discussed phonetic fieldwork for Chinese dialectology with A/P Phua, particularly the necessity of (1) integrating fieldworks on both phonology and grammar, (2) building a framework for fieldwork on grammar, and (3) conducting fieldwork on Chinese dialectics in Singapore. In addition, Prof Xiang worked with A/P Phua to build up a preliminary framework for Chinese fieldworkers on grammar. Prof Xiang also showed A/P Phua how to use the hierarchical cluster analysis under SPSS software for linguistic research. Finally, Prof Xiang conducted a workshop for students on how to conduct fieldwork on Chinese dialects.
Dr Mark Jensen
Mark P. Jensen is a UW professor and vice chair for research of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. As a clinician/scientist, Dr Jensen has been developing and studying the efficacy of psychosocial pain treatments for almost three decades. In his clinical work, he combines cognitive-behavioral, hypnotic, and motivational approaches to help his clients better manage chronic pain and its effects on their lives. During his stay at the Psychology Department from 7th to 15th December, Dr Jensen worked with faculty members and students on papers and to discuss grant proposals and research collaborations. In addition, he facilitated a seminar entitled "Publishing your research findings: Strategies for success".
Prof Merje Kuus
Prof Merje Kuus, although more widely known for her contributions to critical geopolitics, mainly conducts research on transnational networks of diplomacy and expertise, mostly in the context of the EU. Prof Kuus is based at the Geography Department of the University of British Columbia. During her visit from 6th to 16th October, she gave two formal research presentations, participated in two roundtable discussions, and interacted with numerous students and faculty. Prof Kuus also discussed existing and future collaborations with James D Sidaway and Chih Yuan Woon on the emerging field of diplomatic studies in human geography: a joint project on Singapore as a hub of transnational activities was discussed and some initial work done on the topic.
Prof Joel Mokyr
Joel Mokyr, Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, visited the Department of Economics under the FASS Visiting Fellowship for Distinguished Scholars Scheme from 24 – 29 March 2014. During his visit, the Business School and the Department of Economics hosted a joint seminar for Professor Mokyr on March 26. Professor Mokyr presented a paper titled “Precocious Albion: Factor Prices, Technological Change and the British Industrial Revolution” and met with members of the Business School and the Department of Economics. On March 27, Professor Mokyr gave a short lecture on “The Great Needham Puzzle: China, Europe and the Origins of Modern Growth” at Yale-NUS. On March 27, Professor Mokyr met with undergraduate students enrolled in EC 3377 (Global Economic History) and gave a short lecture on the British Industrial Revolution.
Prof Tim Oakes
Tim Oakes is Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Professor of Geography. His research focuses on cultural geography, tourism, and urbanization in China. He has recently secured a grant from the National Science Foundation for the project "Evaluating the Effects of Urban Spatial Transformations," which explores how China's changing urban built environment effects residents, and particularly their use of public space. The project also focuses on the ways in which China's urban planners enhance urban livability, promote residential tourism, and govern rules of civic behavior. During his visit to the Geography Department for two-and-a half weeks in January 2014, he gave a well attended department seminar on ‘New leisure cities, new leisure citizens: the urban revolution in China’, presented his work to the relevant research groups, engaged closely with the graduate student community, and participated in discussions with a range of colleagues both within and beyond Geography.
Prof Thian Yew Gan
Thian Yew Gan has been a professor of the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada since 1993, and is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His teaching/research in snow hydrology, remote sensing, hydrologic modeling, hydroclimatology, climate change, and water resources management and planning has gained international recognition. Thian Yew Gan visited the Department of Geography from March 1st-21st 2014, where he worked on a research proposal, lectured students from the department, met professors, and gave a research seminar titled "Perspectives on Global Climate Change Impacts to the Hydropshere and Cryosphere".
Dr Chen Jingxi
Chen Jingxi is the deputy director of the Overseas Chinese Religion Research Centre at Huaqiao University. His research interests are folk beliefs in South China and overseas Chinese religions, the Chinese community in Penang, and Chaozhou history and culture. He visited the Department of Chinese Studies from March 3rd-13th 2014, where he held discussions with faculty and students, conducted research and fieldwork, and gave a talk at Singapore Che Sen Khor Moral Uplifiting Society.
A/P John Nkemngong Nkengasong
John Nkemngong Nkengasong is Associate Professor of English Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon. His research interests include 19th and 20th century English poetry and postcolonial studies with special emphasis on African literature and culture. He visited the Department of English Language and Literature from November 30th-December 12th, where he worked with A/P Chitra Sankaran on the intersections of Cameroonian and Singaporean literatures in English against the comparative backgrounds of Southeast Asian and Sub-Saharan African Literature. He gave two presentations: 1. "Southeast Asian and Sub-Saharan African Literature" and 2. "Art-culturalism in African Literature".
Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship 2013 (Fall 2013)
A/P Padraig Carmody
Padraig Carmody is an Associate Professor in Geography at Trinity College Dublin where his research focuses on the political economy of globalisation in Africa. During his visit to the Department of Geography (September 9th - 26th 2013) he presented a paper on "The Rise of the BRICS in Africa: Patterns, Practices and Policies of Engagement", met with Yale-NUS collaborators for a workshop on Climate changes, led a reading group and worked closely with the department's Prof David Taylor. Immediately prior to the visit, the two had spent eight days together in Uganda investigating land grabs in two parts of the country.
Prof James Goff
James Goff is Professor of Tsunami Research at the University of New South Wales and their joint leader of the Laboratory of Evolutionary Anthropology. Prof Goff was hosted by the Department of Geography 2-22 February 2013 and worked closely with A/P James Terry researching and writing on coastal hazards as they pertain to the Asia-Pacific region. Aside from many informal academic interactions and advising graduate students, Prof Goff presented a paper in a research seminar titled: Tsunamis: A little knowledge is dangerous.
Dr. Tamas Demeter
Dr. Demeter is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and teaches a the University of Pecs, Hungary. He has published widely on the philosophy of psychology, early modern history and the philosophy of science and the sociology of knowledge. He was a visitor in the Philosophy Department 11-24 February 2013 where he worked closely on some papers with Dr. Axel Gelfert, participated in a departmental workshop on 'Hutcheson and the Experience of Pure Benevolence' and gave a seminar for graduate students on 'The prospects and limits of moral philosophy according to Hume'.
Dr. John Matthewson
Dr. Matthewson is a lecturer at Massey University in Auckland New Zealand who works in the philosophy of science, particularly scientific explanation and representation, as well as philosophy of biology and some applied ethics. He was hosted by the Philosophy department 25 January - 10 February 2013 where he worked closely with Dr. Ben Blumson as well as interacting with graduate students and presenting a paper at a departmental seminar on "Group Agency in the Real World".
Prof Hu Cheng
Prof Hu studies the medical-cultural history of modern China and is a Professor at the History Department of Nanjjing University. During his visit (7 January 2013 - 5 February 2013) to the Chinese Studies department he presented three seminars on: "The Republic prostitute-elimination movement in the 1930s", "Medicine, state and society" and "Rethinking Chinese hisotiography in the global era."
Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship 2012 (Fall 2012)
Dr. Darius Wojcik
Dr. Wojcik is Director of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, and Fellow of St. Peter's College Oxford. His research focuses on economic geography and finance. He was hosted by the Geography department between 19 November until 8 December 2012. During his stay he held meetings with doctoral students, conducted interviews with financial sector experts in Singapore and met with scholars working on economic geography and finance. He led a writing workshop with NUS Faculty and also gave two seminars, one on 'Integrating Finance into Global Production Networks' and the other on 'The Global Stock Market: Issuers, Investors and Intermediaries in an Uneven World'.
Professor Mark Boyle
Mark Boyle is Professor of Geography at the National University of Ireland Maynooth and was hosted by the Geography Department between October 26th and November 8th 2012. His research focuses on diaspora and development. During his stay he developed a comparative research project with Dr. Elaine Ho to examine the role of Diaspora Knowledge Networks with prospects for funding and publications. He conducted research interviews, attended meetings and presented two papers, one titled 'Locating Eurocentrism's Complex Geographies: A Critical Appraisal of Sartre's Theory of Colonialism' and another at the ARI international workshop on 'The "Diaspora Strategies" of Migrant-Sending Countries: Migration-as-Development Reinvented?'
Dr Manh-Hung Nguyen
Dr Nguyen is a Researcher at the LERNA-INRA Toulouse School of Economics and was hosted by the department of Economics from 14 November until 12 December 2012. During his stay he worked with A/P Aditya Goenka on several research areas and papers namely on Infectious Diseases,Mortality and Economic Growth, Social Capital and Economic Growth, and FDI and Corporate Profits.
A/P Yang Xiaobin
Yang Xiaobin is Associate Research Professor at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taiwan and an established scholar in the field of Chinese literature and modern literary theory. During his visit (11 November - 18 November 2012) he gave two talks: the first on "Critical theory, deconstruction, postmodernism and psychoanalysis, the second on "Taiwanese origin and development of contemporary poetry." He worked closely with Dr. Jin Jin on the current state of Singapore-Malaysia Chinese poetry.
Prof Sau-Him Paul Lau
Prof Lau is a Professor at the School of Economics and Finance at the University of Hong Kong where his research interests combine macroeconomics and growth, applied game theory and time series econometrics. He was hosted by the FASS Department of Economics 22 October - 1 Novmeber 2012. During his stay he presented a paper "Does longevity improvement always raise the length of schooling through the longer-horizon mechanism". He also worked closely with Prof Albert Tsui on health spending and schooling and the two set up a theoretical model to solve numerically.
Dr. Elias Tsakanikos
Dr. Tsakanikos is Senior Lecturer of Personality and Abnormal Psychology at Roehampton University London and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry (IOP), King's College London. He was hosted by the Psychology department 2-15 September 2012 where he worked closely with Dr. Iliana Magiati to complete their book chapter on "Psycholgical Factors in Mental Health in Adults with Intellectual Disability." He met with specialists form the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and also gave two talks to the Psychology department and one at the IMH.
Prof Dirk De Boer
Prof De Boer is a well-known hydrologist/geomorphologist with an established reputation for work on sediment dynmaics; he is also Head of the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan. During his stay (20 August - 19 September 2012) Prof De Boer was hosted by the Department of Geography where he gave a departmental seminar on "Oil sand development and sediment quality - Athabasca River basin: 1997-2011" as well as a guest lecture on weathering. He met with reserachers from the department, the NUS Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP) and participated in field trips and workshops.
Dr. George Vachadze
Dr. Vachadze is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Economics and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His work relates to international economics, finance, development and growth. During his stay, hosted by the Economics department, he worked with Dr Tomoo Kikuchi to revise two papers and on one new paper. He participated in departmental seminars and met with PhD students for discussion. He also worked with A/P Markus Brueckner on a future research grant submission to the National Research Foundation.
Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship 2011 (Spring 2011)
R Glynn Owens
Prof Richard Glynn Owens from the Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, was an IMMF fellow 11-21 April 2011. Hosted by our own Psychology department, Prof Owens met with many researchers and gerontologists both on campus and to the Tan Tock Seng and Khoo Teck Puat Hospitals. In the course of his stay he finalized the proposal for a joint research project concerning 'Advance Care Planning' and the procedures by which patients whose cognitive competence is likely to become impaired prepare in advance by making known their wishes regarding future care and treatment options. He also drafted a synopsis for a proposed book on human evolution and technology with Dr Konstadina Griva of NUS, and discussed another project relating to the links between Perfectionism and eating disorders and how this might be moderated by a degree of religious commitment in a Muslim population.
Romie Littrell is a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering Dept at UCLA and a fellow in UCLA's Art/Sci Center whose research focuses on the exchange of tools and methods between artists and scientists related to synthetic biology. During his visit to the CNM department, from April 10 to May 17 2011, Littrell gave a presentation on 'DIY bio and the Re-emergence of the Sci-Artist' and with Denisa Kera he co-organized a two day symposium "First Asia-Pacific DIYBio and Bio Art Meeting in Yogyakatra. Together they submitted an application for an "Ignition Grant" to the SMART Innovation Centre. Following on from the establishment of the Asia Pacific DIYbio network, Littrell and Kera are working on a book proposal "DIYbio and design" that will include presenters for the Yogyakarta symposium.
Leandre R. Fabrigar
Dr Fabrigar is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, whose primary research interests fall within the domains of attitudes, persuasion, social influence, quantitative methods and psychological measurement. During his stay in the Psychology department between August 1-14 2011, Dr. Fabrigar conducted a series of 4 workshop sessions on the topic of structural equation modelling, and one research talk on attitude-behaviour consistency. He also worked on collaborative research with Dr. See Ya Hui Michelle involving data analysis and interpretation of a series of studies exploring the impact of the structural and meta-cognitive functions of attitudes on information processing. This work has the potential to evolve into broader cross-institutional collaboration between NUS and Queen's University for graduate students and Faculty. They also began preliminary work on a journal article designed to review and theoretically integrate research on the structural and meta-cognitive measures of properties of attitudes.
Dr Brian Yecies is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at the University of Woolongong, whose research focuses on Asian screen and digital media industries, especially in Korea. During his stay between the 11th and 31st of August 2011, Dr Yecies held detailed research talks with Cho Hichang and other CNM and FASS faculty. He also networked with scholars from NTU and practitioners and critics from the local media and cultural industry. On 24 August he presented a seminar titled "Detective Methods for Researching Film and New Media Culture in Korea, 1893-1948″. Following his stay Dr Yecies and Cho Hichang will continue work on a joint journal article and seek funding for a grant from one of two Korean research bodies.
Dr. Michael Bosnjak is Associate Professor at the School of Economics and Management at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano whose research focuses on meta-analysis and consumer psychology. During his stay between 13-21 Novemebr 2011, Prof. Dr. Bosnjak worked closely with Prof Mike Cheung of FASS' Department of Psychology, in particular to develop a flagship series entitled 'SpringerBriefs in Research Synthesis' to be published by Springer Science Publishers. On November 16th he conducted a workshop introducing 'The conceptual foundations of meta-analytic research syntheses' which was attended by 25 participants. Prof. Dr. Bosnjak further worked with Prof. Cheung on several ideas involving MA-SEM-type Meta Analysis for both a joint research proposal and for a joint paper.
Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship 2009/2010 (Spring 2009)
Professor Ning Xin is a Professor at the School of History in Beijing Normal University. She was an IMMF Fellow hosted by the Department of Chinese Studies from November 4, 2009 to November 13, 2009. She specializes in Tang Dynasty Chinese history, the history of Chinese economic and political systems and Chinese society city culture. During her stay, she met with A/P Wong Sin Kiong, A/P Yung Sai Shing and A/P Lee Chee Hiang to discuss the possibility of research collaboration. She conducted a guest lecture for graduate students reading CH6241 (Special topic on Chinese History – History and society of Tang Dynasty) and presented a paper at a seminar organized by the Chinese Studies department. She enjoyed an extensive exchange of scholarly views with our faculty members and has proposed the idea of joint-organisation for the next conference on "Chinese ancient civilization and its evolution" and the possibility of establishing a co-supervision scheme for our PhD candidates.
Professor Henry Rosemount, Jr., the eminent Chinese Philosopher, visited the Department of Philosophy from 11 to 21 April 2009. He holds a Visiting Professorship at Brown University and is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at St Mary's College of Maryland. During his stay he conducted: two Graduate Seminars (one on Comparative philosophy, the other on the state of the field and publishing); a seminar titled 'On "Knowing" (zhi): Praxis-Guiding Discourse in the Confucian Analects'; and a Public Lecture titled 'On the Non-Finality of Physical Death in Classical Confucianism'. He enjoyed many formal and informal discussions with the department and faculty on Asian and Confucian Democracy.
Dr Bibhas Saha, an Economist from the Economics department of the University of East Anglia visited our own Economics department between the 5 and 8 April 2009. During this period he worked closely with NUS' A/P Parimal Bag on an economics problem of betting and match-fixing. The problem was subsequently co-written as a paper, submitted to a journal and has since been published in the Tier 1 Journal of Games and Economic Theory, titled 'Match-fixing under competitive odds.'
Distinguished Professor Allen Scott of the Departments of Geography and of Public Policy at UCLA visited the Geography Department between July 31 and August 8 2009. His is celebrated for his work on urban and regional development, and during his time in Singapore Prof Scott visited significant economic development sites and libraries to gain empirical documentation for a projected study on the economic development of the Singapore city-region in the 21st century. While here Prof Scott collaborated closely with NUS' Prof Henry Yeung and also conducted two research seminars addressed primarily to the Department's Economic and Political Geography Research Group.
Professor Gary Brierley, Chair of Physical Geography in the School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Auckland was a visitor between 21 November and 14 December 2009 and 2-8 January 2010. Prof Brierley is an environmental scientist with specialist knowledge in fluvial geomorphology. During his stay he worked closely with Geography's Prof Higgitt, undertaking two site visits to the instrumented catchment on Bukit Timah and to Pulau Ubin. He hosted a post-graduate workshop and also presented two seminars, one to the Goegorpahy department's physical geographers and another to the STS Cluster entitled 'River Futures'.
Dr Philip Rozario, Assistant Professor at Adelphi University School of Social Work visited the Department of Social Work between 1 February and 8 March 2010. He has research interests in eldercare and quality of life issues. During his visit he conducted interviews with eldercare professionals and with the Assistant Secretary of the Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents (Singapore Act, 1995). He worked with librarians to access parliamentary records and other archives which will be worked into a report for peer review. Dr Rozario presented two seminars, one at NUS on successful aging with chronic illness and another at the Counseling and Care Centre in Singapore titled 'Working with older adults and their families'.
Dr Nongkran Wongsri, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal arts and Director of the master of applied Psychology Program, Saint Louis College, Bangkok visited the Psychology Department between 26-29 April 2009. During this time Dr Wongsri worked closely with Visiting Professor Klaus Boehnke and A/P Sim Tick Ngee on their research paper proposal 'On the Influence of Psychological and Study-Skill Factors on academic Performance among German, South East Asian and Sojourner Tertiary Education Students'. A second collaborative proposal was discussed with funding requested from the Asia-Europe Alliance Workshop Series Program.
Dr Henriette Steiner is Research Associate at ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE (Centre for Research on Architecture, Society and the Built Environment) at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. She was an IMMF Fellow hosted by the Department of English Language and Literature from February 26, 2010 to March 19, 2010. Her research interests revolve around the way the modern city is represented, discussed, read and interpreted. The title of her research project was 'Memory and the Global Asian City: Witnessing Singapore.' During her stay, she conducted site visits and worked with A/P Robbie Goh on an article on photographs and family memorabilia.
Bruce B. Lawrence
Professor Bruce B. Lawrence is a Professor at Department of Religion in Duke University. He was an IMMF Fellow hosted by the Department of Malay Studies from March 25, 2009 to April 7, 2009. His main research interests include comparative study of religious movements, institutional Islam particularly in Asia and contemporary Islam as Abrahamic Faith and Religious Ideology. During his stay, He provided a presentation on "Pious Patriots – Religious Minorities as Secular Citizens in the Phil-Indo Archipelago". He also participated in a Zayed University Roundtable, held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore, with Associate Professor Farid Alatas where they were both active contributors to the framing of the Global Islamic Studies Center at Zayed University. Associate Professor Alatas also organized a meeting for Professor Lawrence to meet up with Dr Yacoob Ibrahim, Singapore's Environment Minister and Minister in charge of Muslim Affairs. The stay in NUS has helped to contribute to Professor Lawrence's work as a Carnegie Scholar of Islam, as he has gained a broader conceptual framework and ethnographic material necessary for his study of religious minorities as secular citizens in four specific countries, namely, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Southern Philippines (Mindanao & Sulu).
Dr Wolfgang Viechtbauer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Methodology and Statistics, CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care, at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He was hosted as an IMMF Fellow by the Department of Psychology from October 6, 2009 to November 2, 2009. His main research interests include statistical methods for meta-analysis and mixed-effects models as used for longitudinal data analysis and multilevel models. During his stay, he worked with Dr Mike Cheung on several projects which aim to advance the statistical methods used for systematic reviews and meta-analyses. These projects include techniques for identifying outliers, measures for explained variation in the context of meta-analysis and a comparison of approaches for the meta-analysis of panel studies. He also gave a talk to members of Psychology and other departments, which summarised some of the current issues for understanding and proper interpretation of results from meta-analyses.
Professor David Schmidtz is the Kendrick Professor of Philosophy and joint Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona. He was hosted by the Department of Philosophy as an IMMF Fellow from August 12, 2009 to August 16, 2009. His work ranges from ethics to political philosophy to environmental ethics and he is also known as a leading Environmental Ethicist. During his stay, he was a key participant in a 2-day international conference organized by the department titled "The Element of Justice". The workshop focused on the content of Professor Schmidtz's book by the same title published by Cambridge University Press. The workshop was attended by leading political philosophers from around the world.
Dr Miranda Fricker is a reader in the School of Philosophy at the Birkbeck College, University of London. She was an IMMF Fellow hosted by the Department of Philosophy from August 6, 2009 to August 11, 2009. Her research is located at the intersection of ethics and epistemology, and in those regions of feminist philosophy that concern social, identity, power and the authority of reason. During her stay, she attended a one-day workshop on the theme 'Epistemic Injustice'. She also gave a presentation on the notion of collective virtue ('Can Institution Have Virtues?') with other members of the Philosophy Department.
Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship 2008/2009 (Spring 2008)
Dr Sandria Freitag is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University, United States. At the time of her visit, she was Director of the North Carolina Center for South Asian Studies, based at Duke University. She was an IMMF Fellow hosted from January 21, 2008 to February 17 2008 by A/P Gyanesh Kudaisya, who is Head of the South Asian Studies Programme. Her main research interest is the history of visual culture in modern South Asia. During her visit to South Asian Studies Programme at NUS, she reworked previous essays into portions of a book manuscript. She was able to give two talks at NUS. These were: "'Thick Description': Experimenting with Popular Posters" sponsored by the SAS Programme (February 13, 2008) and "Place and the Visual in Modern South Asia" co-sponsored by SAS Programme and the NUS Art Museum (Feb 20, 2008). She worked with faculty and art museum directors (including the Asian Civilizations Museum) on potential collaborations. These ranged from a summer school project that would take NUS and U.S. university students to India on a joint field-study based syllabus, and a conference/workshop on the story of Ram and other stories that are repackaged over time in South Asia. Groundwork was laid, as well, for a future collaboration on K-12 curriculum creation on South Asia. She was also able to work with local graduate students in the SAS Programme.
Professor Nicholas Phelps is Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College, London, United Kingdom. He was an IMMF Fellow hosted by the Department of Geography from September 2, 2008 to September, 25 2008. His main research interests are Economic Geography and Urban Planning. During his time in FASS, he worked with A/P Tim Bunnell on a research paper entitled "Post-disaster Economic Development in Aceh: Neoliberalization and Other Economic-Geographical Imaginings" and also gave a research seminar in the Department of Geography Seminar Series entitled "From Edge City to City? Urban Theory and the Remaking of Tysons Corner." He is also developing possible future research collaborations on the geography of foreign direct investment, multinational companies and investment promotions with several members of the Department of Geography.
Professor Lou Zhitian is Professor of History at Peking University, China. He was an IMMF Fellow hosted by the Department of Chinese Studies from December 8, 2008 to December, 15 2008. His main research interests fall in the area of History of Modern China. During his time in FASS, he worked with A/P Wong Sin Kiong, Head of Department of Chinese Studies and discussed collaborations between Peking University and NUS. He gave a seminar in the Department of Chinese Studies on "Chen Yinque on his 'Learning that is neither Ancient nor Modern.' He also gave a public lecture in the Asian Civilizations Museum on "Responsibilities and Challenges of Chinese Intellectuals in a Transnational Era." The event was held in conjunction with the Wu Teh-Yao Memorial Lecture Series chaired by the Head of Department of Chinese Studies A/P Wong Sin Kiong. He also had several informal meetings with graduate students and other faculty members of the Department of Chinese Studies and Southeast Asian Studies to share a new perspective on the study of modern China.