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I am an independent scholar in Singapore.  My work investigates little-studied subjects in the urban social history of Singapore and Malaysia and explores the linkages between past and present in contemporary Singapore, such as the official use of history, oral history, memory, heritage, and archival access. I have published two books, Making and Unmaking the Asylum: Leprosy and Modernity in Singapore and Malaysia (SIRD 2009) and The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History (co-edited, Ethos & SHS 2010), in addition to numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. My manuscripts on the Bukit Ho Swee fire and the University of Malaya Socialist Club are also under review for publication. I am currently working on a book project on the British military withdrawal from Singapore in the late 1960s. I was previously a history teacher and still speak to students about the challenges of researching the past.

Research interests:
Singapore and Malayan history (postwar, colonial)
Urban social history
Squatters and slum dwellers
History of medicine (leprosy)
Fires in history
Oral history and memory
Student activism
Archival access

Teaching areas:
Singapore history and studies
Southeast Asia
Urban history
Modern international history



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