Current Fellows

Sophie Lemiere
Political Anthropologist, Ash Center for Democracy
Democracy in Hard Places, Harvard Kennedy School

Sophie Lemiere is the 2018-2019 Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia at Stanford University and the National University of Singapore. Her research looks at the nexus between religion, politics and criminality in a comparative perspective, focusing on the deep structure of political systems. 

She received her PhD from Sciences-Po, France, her thesis was the first study on the political role of gangs through umbrella NGOs in Malaysia. Her Masters research on the apostasy controversies and Islamic civil society was awarded the second prize for International Young Scholar from the ISIM, Leiden in 2007. She has held research positions at RSIS-NTU in 2011 then at ARI in 2012 and has been visiting fellow at the University of Sydney, Cornell, UC Berkeley and Columbia. Sophie believes it is essential for academics to disseminate their research to a wide audience, and primarily in the countries they study. With this idea in mind, she has oriented her efforts towards the publication of original scholarship addressing both a general and academic audience within and outside of Malaysia. With this in mind, Sophie Lemière is the editor of a series “Malaysian Politics and People”. The first volume Misplaced Democracy was released in 2014, the second volume Illusions of democracy was published in 2017 and will be re-published in 2018 by Amsterdam University Press; the third volume is expected for 2019. Her monograph “Gangsters and Masters: Complicit Militancy and Authoritarian Politics” will be published also 2019. Sophie currently works on a political biography of Mahathir campaign “The Last Game: Malaysian Politics in the Eye of Mahathir”.

She has made considerable efforts to give visibility to Malaysian Studies by publishing in both international academic and non-academic outlets, Sophie has a blog on Mediapart and regularly contributes to publications such as New MandalaThe ConversationLe MondeLibération.

Chin-hao Huang
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Yale-NUS College

Chin-Hao Huang is assistant professor of political science at Yale-NUS College. He specializes in international politics, with a focus on China and Asia. He is the recipient of the Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford University Fellowship on Contemporary Southeast Asia (2017-2018), and the American Political Science Association (APSA) Foreign Policy Section Best Paper Award (2014) for his research on China's compliance behavior in multilateral security institutions. His research has been published in The China Quarterly, The China Journal, and International Peacekeeping, and in edited volumes through Oxford University Press and Routledge, among others. His book manuscript under preparation for review explains how and why Chinese foreign policy decision-makers exercise restraint and the conditions under which they are more or less likely to take on self-constraining commitments. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California and B.S. with honors from Georgetown University. 

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