Recent Past FASS Visiting Research Fellows

FASS Visiting Fellowship for Distinguished Scholars



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.



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.



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.

Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship



Professor 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".



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.

Professor 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".

Professor 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."



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.