I moved to NUS in 2012 after a long stay in the United States, studying, teaching, and doing research on subjects ranging from political violence to nuclear proliferation. After getting my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I worked at the Social Science Research Council in New York for over a decade. Most recently, I was at the University of Texas at Austin, in Asian Studies and Government. My research interests seem always to return to questions of politics and space. Not outer space, unfortunately, but space in relation to place, location, scale, and power. My scholarly writing is grounded in the region bounding the Indian Ocean and adopts a critical stance towards science and technology, the state, foreign policy, and regional security. While at NUS, I will be teaching courses on the United States and Asia, migration and diaspora, science and technology, and the international relations of Southeast Asia. I have been a Fulbright scholar, and received grants and awards from the National Science Foundation and numerous private US foundations. My other great passions are reading detective stories, drawing cartoons, and playing squash (increasingly slowly and tentatively).