Past Fellows


Paul Schuler
Assistant Professor, Political Science
University of Arizona

Paul Schuler is the 2018-2019 Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia at Stanford University and the National University of Singapore. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, where he studies Southeast Asian politics, Vietnamese politics, and authoritarian institutions. He guest-lectures and publishes widely. His latest article is "Position Taking or Position Ducking? A Theory of Public Debate in Single-party Legislatures," Comparative Political Studies (March 2018). Earlier scholarship has appeared in the American Political Review and Comparative Politics, among other outlets. He is fluent in Vietnamese and has served as a UNDP consultant in Vietnam. His political science doctorate was earned with distinction at the University of California, San Diego.


Antje Missbach
Senior Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences
Monash University

Antje Missbach is the 2017-18 Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia at Stanford University and the National University of Singapore. She works as Senior Research Fellow at the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. Her research interests include the socio-legal dimensions of forced migration in Southeast Asia, border regimes, asylum policies and refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific, as well as diaspora politics and long-distance nationalism. She is the author of Troubled Transit: Asylum seekers stuck in Indonesia (ISEAS, 2015) and Politics and Conflict in Indonesia: The Role of the Acehnese Diaspora (Routledge, 2011). 


Gerald Sim
Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University
United States of America

Gerald Sim arrives after spending the fall quarter at Stanford University as Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia. He will spend his time at NUS completing his manuscript tentatively titled, Besides Hybridity: Postcolonial Poetics of Southeast Asian Cinema, contracted with Indiana University Press. The book uses the region’s unique colonial history to conceive of postcolonial aesthetics beyond the usual tropes of hybridity and syncretism, while attending to an understudied but thriving segment of world cinema. Individual chapters explore Singapore’s spatial imagination, Malaysian soundscapes, and Indonesian cinema’s relationship to genre.

Sim was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute in 2013 and 2016. He is the author of The Subject of Film and Race: Retheorizing Politics, Ideology, and Cinema (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), a Neo-Marxian evaluation of film studies’ engagements with race. His other writing on diverse topics that include Japanese cinema, film music theory, Edward Said, digital cinematography, and CNBC personality Jim Cramer, has been published in Asian Cinema, the Quarterly Review of Film and VideoDiscourseProjections, and Rethinking Marxism.

He holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of Iowa, and a BS in Biology from Duke.

Professor David Timberman
Visiting Professor, De La Salle University
Manila, Philippines

David Timberman is a political analyst and development practitioner with 30 years of experience analyzing and addressing political and governance challenges, principally in Southeast and South Asia.  Currently he is the NUS-Stanford University Lee Kong Chian Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia, which is enabling him to work on two books on the Philippines: an edited volume exploring the politics and consequences of recent budget reforms and a volume of essays on key aspects of the Philippines’ political economy.  During 2015-2016 he was a Visiting Professor of Political Science at De La Salle University in Manila, where he taught courses on Southeast Asian politics and policy reform in the Philippines. He has lived and worked in the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore, including experiencing first-hand the democratic transitions in the Philippines (1986-1988) and Indonesia (1998-2001). He has written extensively on political and governance issues in the Philippines and has edited or co-edited multi-author volumes on the Philippines, Cambodia and economic policy reform in Southeast Asia. He holds a MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in political science (with honors) and history from Tufts University.



Emeritus Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies Department of Economics
Project: “Changing Living Standards in Southeast Asia in the 20th Century”

Anne BOOTH studied Economics at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand and the Australian National University in Canberra, and worked in universities in Singapore,  Indonesia and Australia before joining the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London (UOL) in 1991. Her interests are mainly in the modern economic history of Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on the  legacies of the various colonial powers in the region, and their impact on post-colonial developments. Her recent work includes a comparative study of European and Japanese colonial legacies in Asia, and a study of  trade and investment links between China and Southeast Asia. She is currently Emeritus Professor of Economics at SOAS, UOL.

Anne was hosted by the Research Division, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 4 July to 17 August 2016.


Associate Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University


Lee Jones
School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London
Project: "Securitisation and the Governance of Non-Traditional Security"

Dr. Lee Jones is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Queen Mary, University of London and Research Associate at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. Lee’s research concerns the interaction between social conflict, state transformation and international relations, with a heavy focus on Southeast Asia. He is author of ASEAN, Sovereignty and Intervention in Southeast Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Societies Under Siege: Exploring How International Economic Sanctions (Do Not) Work (Oxford University Press, 2015) and, with Shahar Hameiri, Governing Borderless Threats: Non-Traditional Security and the Politics of State Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He has advised many governmental and non-governmental agencies in Europe and Asia and regularly appears in the British and international media. Lee’s website is and he tweets @DrLeeJones.

His research project as a Lee Kong Chian Fellow, “Securitisation and the Governance of Non-Traditional Security”, seeks to explain how new transboundary security threats such as pandemic disease, transboundary pollution, transnational crime and terrorism are managed in the Southeast Asian region.



Tim Forsyth
Department of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science
Project: "Environmentalism at the cutting edge: How do environmental norms and expertise stabilize in Southeast Asia?"

Janet Hoskins
Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California
Project: "The Divine Eye and the Diaspora: Vietnamese Caodaism in Global Perspective"



Graham Brown
Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath
Project: "Postcards from Eurabia: Global interconnectedness and the dynamic culturalization of domestic conflict in Southeast Asia"

James Ockey
School of Social and Political Sciences, Canterbury University
Project: "Trakun Kanmuang: Family Politics in Thailand"



Huang Jianli
Department of History, National University of Singapore
Project: "Mapping an ‘Ungrounded Empire’ of the Chinese Diaspora: Lee Kong Chian and his Economic Enterprises in Postwar Southeast Asia"



Jürgen Rüland
Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg
Project: "Constructing Regionalism Domestically: Local Actors and Foreign Policymaking in Indonesia"



Robert Hefner
Department of Anthropology, Boston University
Project: "Rethinking Islam and Democracy: Prospects for a Pluralist Muslim Politics in Southeast Asia and Beyond"

Angie Ngọc Trần
Division of Social, Behavioral and Global Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay
Project: Labor-capital relations in Vietnam

Mark Thompson
Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Project: Late Democratization in Pacific Asia 

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