Recent Past FASS Visiting Research Fellows
FASS Visiting Fellowship for Distinguished Scholars
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 titled Rekindling 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 pubic lecture, “Voice as Ephemera: Reconstructing a Culture of Listening in 1970s China”, and lead 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Dr Zheng recently received a multi-year grant to develop a web-based GIS informed database on Chinese local historical documents gathered in the villages of Fujian.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of Chinese Studies from 10 April-13 May, where he delivered a public lecture on “A Database for Chinese Local Historical Documents”.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.
Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship
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.
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.