I am an assistant professor at the Institute for East Asian Studies, Sogang University. I work on little-studied subjects in the history of modern Southeast Asia. My present research investigates the transnational and social history of the making of modern Southeast Asia after World War Two.
I have written five books, Squatters into Citizens: The 1961 Bukit Ho Swee Fire and the Making of Modern Singapore (NUS Press & ASAA 2013); Oral History in Southeast Asia: Memories and Fragments (co-edited, Palgrave Macmillan 2013); Controversial History Education in Asian Contexts (co-edited, Routledge 2013); The University Socialist Club and the Contest for Malaya: Tangled Strands of Modernity (co-authored, Amsterdam University Press & NUS Press 2012); The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History (co-edited, Ethos Books & Singapore Heritage Society 2010); and Making and Unmaking the Asylum: Leprosy and Modernity in Singapore and Malaysia (SIRD 2009). I have also published in peer-reviewed history, Asian studies and interdisciplinary journals.
I was previously a school teacher and continues to speak to students and teachers about the joys and challenges of studying the past.
Postwar Southeast Asia
Disasters and history
Singapore and Malayan history (postwar, colonial)
Squatters and slum dwellers
History of medicine
Oral history & memory
When not doing history, I try to inspire Liverpool to their elusive 19th league title from the comfort of my living room. I keep tropical fish and cichlids are my favourites.
Loh Kah Seng
BA(Hons), MA (NUS), Dip.Ed (NIE), PhD (Murdoch)