Recent Past FASS Visiting Research Fellows

Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship 2017-2019



Dr David Pietz

Dr David Pietz is Professor of Chinese History in the Department of History, and Director of the Global Studies Program at the University of Arizona. He also holds the UNESCO Chair in Environmental History.

Prof Pietz’s research on the environmental history of modern China has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton). 

Prof Pietz visited the Department of History from 7 to 21 September 2019. During his visit, he carried out research on a project titled “Death and Life on the Yangtze: Extinction, Conservation, and Environmental Change in Modern China”, presented a departmental seminar on it, and worked on collaborations between his home department and the Department of History at NUS.

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Dr Clio Andris

Dr Clio Andris is Assistant Professor at the Geography Department, Penn State University. She studies interpersonal relationships in geographic space from the scale of a coffee shop conversation to the scale of global flight networks. Dr Andris’ background is in GIS, cultural studies and urban planning, and her research has uncovered how to put social networks in a GISystem for analysis, how to measure romantic/interpersonal relationships within the built environment, and how relationships start in the mind and then build to contribute to worldwide connectivity.

Applications include travel and census in Singapore, telecom data in the UK, Singapore and Cote d'Ivoire, NCAA Athletics, Facebook, confection consumption (sponsored by The Hershey Company), AirBNB, The Yellow Pages, Yelp, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the U.S. Congress, Penn State Alumni, and romantic relationships in State College. Her largest project is the Neighborhood Connectivity Survey, a 20,000-household mailing sponsored by the Knight Foundation. The NCS surveys for patterns on telecommunications, migration and travel, as well as trends in access to social support. The goal of this project is to measure social resilience by highlighting neighborhoods with strong social and spatial ties.

Dr Andris visited the Department of Geography from 27 May to 6 June 2019. During her visit, she presented a seminar titled “Five Methods for the Geographic Representation of Interpersonal Relationships and Social Life”, helped set up a research collaboration with a team of NUS faculty to put in a seed grant proposal for a project called ‘Social Asset Mapping for Communities: A Quantitative Approach’, and worked on two additional research projects.

Sascha Auerbach

Dr Sascha Auerbach

Dr Sascha Auerbach is a Lecturer in Modern British and Colonial History at the University of Nottingham.  He specializes in legal culture and the history of race and immigration in London and the British Empire in the late nineteenth century.  His first monograph, Race, Law, and “the Chinese Puzzle” in Imperial Britain, was published in 2009.  He has recently completed his second book manuscript, which examines the social and cultural dynamics of local courtrooms in nineteenth-century London.  Dr. Auerbach’s research has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including the Journal of Social History, Law and History Review, the Journal of British Studies, and Comparative Studies in Society and History.  His current project is an historical re-assessment of Indian and Chinese indentured labour in the nineteenth-century British Empire.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a former Fulbright—King’s College London Scholar (Law).

Dr Auerbach visited the Department of History from 9 to 22 February 2019. During his visit, he conducted archival research in the National Library of Singapore, pertinent to his current project on Indian and Chinese indentured labour in the nineteenth century. The materials collected were vital for a planned third monograph, tentatively titled Men Sold Like Pigs, and for a major research article on indenture, race, and the state in the nineteenth-century British Empire. He also met with NUS staff to discuss possible collaborative funding bids. Lastly, he completed several key writing projects, including two major research articles, a co-authored theory article, and a book review.


Dr Neil McLatchie

Dr Neil McLatchie is a lecturer at Lancaster University. He co-founded their open science group (PROSPR) and is a co-director of the Moral Cognition and Behaviour Lab. His research interests focus on the social functions of moral emotions, including the adaptive value of guilt-motivated behaviours, and the challenges of expressing pride in one’s own moral achievements (representative papers include: Piazza, McLatchie & Olesen, 2018; McLatchie & Piazza, 2017; McLatchie, Giner-Sorolla & Derbyshire, 2016). Additionally, he has published work on statistical inference, such as reasons why Psychologists can benefit from using Bayesian analyses (Dienes & McLatchie, 2018), and different ways of quantifying evidence for the null hypothesis (Lakens, McLatchie, Scheel, Isager & Dienes, 2018).

Dr McLatchie visited the Department of Psychology from 13 to 24 August 2018. He gave a research presentation on the use of Bayes factors in Psychological research and met with faculty members and graduate students. He also was involved in a number of studies, one of which is investigating the role of guilt-motivated self-punishment.


Associate Professor Fiona McConnell

Dr Fiona McConnell is a human geographer at the University of Oxford and a tutorial fellow at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. Her research focuses on issues around sovereignty, legitimacy, and diplomacy with a particular interest in communities officially excluded from formal state politics. In 2017, she held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for a project titled, “Representing the unrepresented: the politics and practices of subaltern diplomacy.” She is the author of Rehearsing the State: the Political Practices of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), co-editor of Geographies of Peace (IB Tauris, 2013), and Diplomatic Cultures and International Politics (Routledge, 2016).

Dr McConnell visited the Department of Geography from 4 to 10 March 2018. She led a discussion and presented a seminar on how different modes of politics are being articulated and performed by minority communities within the spaces of the United Nations Office at Geneva. She is also collaborating on a project on the geopolitical and geoeconomic dimensions of China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’.


Professor Joe P. McDermott

Dr Joe P. McDermott is Emeritus Reader in Chinese History and Fellow of St. John's College at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. He has a broad interest in Chinese social, economic, and cultural history, mainly during the Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties (1000-1700). At times he has researched the art history and book history of these periods, but has usually focused on the social and economic history of China, initially in rural areas but in recent years more and more on the commercial and financial institutions of late imperial China. This recent interest derives from his study of the exceptionally rich historical records of the Huizhou area of southern Anhui Province, the home of south China's richest merchants during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Dr McDermott visited the Department of History from 1 to 15 February 2018. He held a graduate student seminar and presented a lecture on the history of Chinese commercial partnerships from the eleventh to the eighteenth century, where he explained how in line with Chinese commercial development different forms of commercial contract logically evolved from one into another, leading eventually in south China to the preponderance of joint-share partnerships as south China’s merchants major means of collecting capital and organizing their joint commercial ventures. Dr McDermott also worked with Dr Wang Jinping on studying regional merchant groups in late imperial China.


Professor Haig Patapan

Dr Haig Patapan is the Director of the Centre for Governance and Public Policy and Professor in the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University. His research interests are in democratic theory and practice, political philosophy, political leadership and comparative constitutionalism. Professor Patapan has published in the foremost politics, political theory, public policy, and law journals. His books include Judging Democracy (2000), an examination of judicial politics, jurisprudence and constitutionalism; Machiavelli in Love (2007), a theoretical enquiry into the origins of modern political thought; and a series of co-edited books exploring the changing nature of legitimacy, law and leadership, especially in Asia: Globalisation and Equality (2004); Westminster Legacies (2005); Dissident Democrats (2008); Political Legitimacy in Asia (2011).

In his recent work Dr Patapan examines the nature of leadership and judgment in democracies, a theme he has explored in the co-authored book The Democratic Leader (OUP, 2012) as well as the co-edited collections Dispersed Democratic Leadership (OUP, 2009) and Good Democratic Leadership (OUP, 2014). He visited the Department of Political Science from 13 to 23 August 2017. Dr Patapan presented his paper, ‘On Modern Patriotisms’, co-taught two lectures of the module Democratic Theory, and worked with faculty members on a symposium proposal.


Professor Shannon A. Brown

Dr Shannon A. Brown teaches history at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces/Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. Before joining the faculty, Dr Brown worked in Washington, D.C. as a contract historian and defense analyst for a number of years with clients such as the US Air Force, US Treasury, US Census Bureau, and a variety of private organizations and companies, among them the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the Tokyo Electric Power Company. He is the editor of Providing the Means of War: Historical Perspectives on Defense Acquisition, 1945-2000 (US Army Center of Military History, 2005) and Resourcing Stability Operations and Reconstruction: Past, Present, and Future (Eisenhower National Security Series Industrial College of the Armed Forces, 2006), and several articles on technology and military subjects.

Dr Brown visited the Department of History from 6 to 23 July 2017. He worked with scholars on a project that will produce an edited book, Chasing Dragons. Chasing Dragons explores alternative approaches to understanding Western grand strategy in greater Asia between 1895 and 1975.


Professor Jin Seo Cho

Dr Jin Seo Cho is based at Yonsei University's School of Economics and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research interests are econometric theory, applied econometrics, and time series analysis. He is also a member of Economic Expert Panel at the Korea Development Institute and Editor-in-Chief of The Korean Journal of Economics.

Dr Cho visited the Department of Economics from 4 to 30 July 2017. He presented a paper titled ‘Directionally Econometric Models’, held discussions on econometrics with faculty members, and collaborated on research papers. A working paper titled ‘Parametric Inference on the Mean of Functional Data’ and other material on econometric methodology were produced. 


Professor Claudio Minca

Dr Claudio Minca is Head of the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University in Australia. His current research centres on the spatialisation of (bio)politics; tourism and travel theories of modernity; and the relationship between modern knowledge, space and landscape in postcolonial geography. His most recent books are On Schmitt and Space (2015, with R. Rowan), Hitler’s Geographies (2016, with P. Giaccaria), Moroccan Dreams (2016, with L. Wagner), and After Heritage (2018, with H. Muzaini).

Dr Minca visited the Department of Geography from 23 February to 12 March 2017. He gave a seminar titled ‘Geographies of the Camp’, a research seminar, ‘The Biopolitical Imperative’, led writing workshops and met graduate students and faculty.

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Professor Joshua John Clarkson

Dr Joshua John Clarkson holds PhDs in Social Psychology and in Marketing and is Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Carl H. Lindner School of Business at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. A consumer psychologist who specializes in the areas of persuasion, self-control, and expertise, his research has been published in various journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing Research, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and his findings have been featured in media outlets from business magazines and news articles to pop-psychology books and edited academic volumes.

Dr Clarkson visited the Department of Psychology from 1 to 15 July 2017, and collaborated on a review paper on the role of expectations in guiding the allocation of resources during self-control, as well as developing a construct called ‘attitude attainability’. In addition, he discussed his research with students and faculty members, and spoke with Dr Michelle See on a possible collaboration focusing on their shared interest in attitude bases.

  Dr Anna Przybylska
Head of the Centre for Deliberation at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, Dr Anna Przbylska studied social sciences with the scope of sociology and social policy at the University of Warsaw and of media and communication at the University of Amsterdam. She is the author of Internet i komunikowanie we wspólnocie lokalnej (The Internet and Communication in Local Communities), 2010, and the co-editor of Deliberation and Democracy: Innovative Processes and Institutions (with Stephen Coleman and Yves Sintomer), 2015. Dr Przybylska visited the Department of Communications and New Media from 5 to 19 June 2017, where she assisted in the organization of an international conference on Deliberation and Decision Making (DDM 2017), co-edited a journal special issue, held a research sharing session, conducted a literature review, and planned future research collaboration with A/P Zhang Weiyu.

Professor Jens Leth Hougard
Dr Jens Leth Hougard, Professor in Applied Microeconomics at the Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, visited the Department of Economics from 21 February to 4 March 2017. During his visit, he finished a paper, taught a 1-day mini course titled “An Introduction to Allocation Rules”, and gave a seminar presentation titled “A Welfare Economic Interpretation of FRAND”.
Associate Professor David Lefkowitz
Dr David Lefkowitz is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL) at the University of Richmond, Virginia. His areas of expertise are political philosophy, philosophy of law, ethical theory, and applied ethics. Dr Lefkowitz visited the Department of Political Science from 14 to 23 February 2017, where he presented a paper at the Singapore Symposium in Legal Theory, as well as at the Global Rule of Law workshop, and met with faculty and graduate students.
Professor Susan Bayly
Dr Susan Bayly is Professor of Historical Anthropology, Director of Graduate Studies, and Chair of the PhD Committee for the Division of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests are the study of modernity and achievement; globalisation; theories of historical change; the disciplinary interface between history and anthropology; and colonialism and its cultural afterlife. She visited the South Asian Studies Programme from 20 February to 5 March 2017 where she delivered a public lecture entitled “Images and the Moral Citizen in Late-Socialist Vietnam”, taught a Masterclass for FASS graduate students entitled “Colonialism/Postcolonialism: Reflections and Perspectives – India, Vietnam, and Beyond”, and met with students and faculty members.
Professor Hon Chan
Dr Hon Chan is Professor of Public Policy and Administration at City University, Hong Kong. His major teaching and research interests cover public sector personnel management, performance measurement, civil service reforms, comparative institutional and policy capacity studies and environmental policies. He visited the Department of Political Science from 28 February to 10 March 2017, where he gave a public seminar entitled “The Three Approaches to China’s Civil Service Reform: The Reformers’ Views”, delivered a guest lecture on civil service reform to an undergraduate honours module, and met with faculty members.
  Professor Jeffrey Richey 
Professor from the School of Oceanography, University of Washington, WA, Dr Jeffrey Richey’s main expertise is on carbon cycles in rivers, especially in the Amazon and Mekong. He is also a visiting professor at the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr Richey is a renowned scholar in the field of biochemical cycles in large river systems. He has published in prestigious journals such as Nature, Science, and Nature Geoscience. Dr Richey visited the Department of Geography from 14 to 28 January 2017. During his visit, he gave a departmental seminar titled “Net Ecosystem Exchange of the Lower Amazon River: From Land to the Ocean and Atmosphere”, became a PhD dissertation examiner for one of the department’s graduate students, gave a guest lecture titled “Hydro-geomorphic and biochemical changes/issues from mountains to oceans: an example of the Amazon river” to an undergraduate honours module, and met with faculty members.


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