Assoc Prof Maitrii Aung-Thwin

Programme Convenor (Joint Appointment with Department of History)

B.A. (Northern Illinois), Ph.D. (Michigan)
Tel: (65) 6516-6053
Office: AS1 05-34


Maitrii Aung-Thwin is Associate Professor of Myanmar/Southeast Asia History and Convenor of the Comparative Asian Studies PhD Programme.  After receiving his PhD in History from the University of Michigan, he joined the Asia Research Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow and subsequently, the Department of History at NUS.  He has written on social movements, law, colonialism, nation-building, and intellectual history.


Research Interests/Publications:

Dr Aung-Thwin’s research has been concerned with the histories of domination, resistance, and identity in Southeast Asia during the late colonial age.  Among his publications include, A New History of Southeast Asia (2010), The Return of the Galon King: History Law and Rebellion in Colonial Burma (2011), and A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times: Traditions and Transformations (2012).

His approach to studying Asia has been influenced by scholarship on transnationalism, borderland studies, ethno-history, and legal geography.  Recent research explores the development of legal, business, and religious networks in South and Southeast Asia. 


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