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.

Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship



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".



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."