Eric Thompson

Eric C. Thompson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. Before joining NUS, he completed a PhD in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Washington and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of California Los Angeles. He teaches anthropology, gender studies, urban studies and research methods. His research spans field sites across Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. His research interests include transnational networking, urbanism, agrarian transitions, and ASEAN regionalism. His work has appeared in the journals American Ethnologist, Urban Studies, Political Geography, Asian Studies Review, Contemporary Sociology, and Contemporary Southeast Asian Studies among others. He is author of Unsettling Absences: Urbanism in Rural Malaysia (NUS Press, 2007). He is co-editor of Cleavage, Connection and Conflict in Rural, Urban, and Contemporary Asia (Springer, 2012).


Office: AS1 04-31
Tel: 6516-6070
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Recent Publications

Forthcoming 2012 “Ch 1: Place, Society and Politics across Rural and Urban Asia” in Cleavage, Connection and Conflict in Rural, Urban and Contemporary Asia eds. Bunnell, Tim. D. Parthasarathy and Thompson, E. C. Springer p. 1-20.

Jongwilaiwan, R. and E.C. Thompson (2012) “Thai Wives in Singapore and Transnational Patriarchy,” Gender, Place and Culture (available online October 2011)

Thompson, E.C. (2009) “Southeast Asia,” In International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Rob Kitchen and Nigel Thrift, eds. Oxford: Elsevier.

Thompson, E.C. and Zhang Juan (2009) “Navigating Transnationalism: Immigration and Reconfigured Ethnicity,” In Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years in Singapore, Bridget Welsh, James Chin, Arun Mahiznan, and Tan Tarn How, eds., Singapore: NUS Press.

Thompson, E.C., Chulanee Thianthai and Irwan Hidayana (2007) “Culture and International Imagination in Southeast Asia,” Political Geography 26(3):268-288.