Kenneth R. HALL

Kenneth R. Hall, Professor of History at Ball State University (Indiana, USA), is a Senior Research Fellow in the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Center at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. He has published a series of monographs and journal articles that address early Southeast Asia and south Indian history, most recently A History of Early Southeast Asia: Maritime Trade and Societal Development, c. 100-1500 (2011); and Networks of Trade, Polity, and Societal Integration in Chola-Era South India, c. 875-1400 (2014); and edited and co-authored Secondary Cities and Urban Networking in the Indian Ocean Realm, c. 1400-1800 (2008); The Growth of Non-Western Cities: Primary and Secondary Urban Networking, c. 900-1900 (2011); New Perspectives in the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia (2011); and Structural Change and Societal Integration in Early South India (2001/2005). He is on the advisory board of The Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar/Professor of comparative religion at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia (2003-2004) and Southeast Asian studies at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (2012).

LIU Xi, Lucy (刘熙)

Ms Liu Xi, Lucy conducted research on “Kang You Wei’s perceptions about India and the implication on China’s reform”. Her research interest is on intellectual interactions between China and India and their influence on policy making. Apart from her own research project, her work in the centre also includes administrative responsibilities such as organising workshops and conferences and editing newsletters among others.

Prior to joining the centre, Lucy pursued her Masters Degree in Public Policy in Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. She studied International Relations for her undergraduate degree in Fudan University, Shanghai.

LU Caixia (陆彩霞)

Prior to joining the centre, Lu Caixia was a print journalist for five years and pursued her Master of Science (Strategic Studies) degree from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. With a background in media, she is interested not only in understanding the messages that are communicated but also how they affect perception. She is especially interested in following contemporary research and discourse on the tributary system between China and Southeast Asia and studying how these affect Southeast Asian countries’ current perceptions of China and vice versa. Apart from pursuing her own research interests, her work at the centre includes administrative responsibilities such as organising workshops and conferences and editing newsletters among others.

LU Wan Wan (路弯弯)

Lu Wan Wan is an undergraduate student at Yale University, Class of 2012. She majors in History of Art and is interested in the art of film making, as well as Buddhism and Buddhist art. Combining these two interests, she is currently working on a documentary video project related to Buddhism in Singapore, focusing on the redefinition and modernization of Buddhism within the young Chinese Singaporean community.


Mark is a Research Officer with the NSC, and also works with the Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme, and the Thailand Studies Programme. He recently graduated from University College London with an MSc in Urban Studies (2016), which he pursued on ISEAS' Tun Dato Sir Cheng-Lock Tan M.A. Scholarship. He also holds a BSocSci (Hons) in Geography from the National University of Singapore (2015), and is an alumnus of the University Scholars Programme. His research interests lie in cultural geography and urban studies, with projects focusing primarily on the urban, urbanisation, and urbanism in Mainland Southeast Asia, and significant fieldwork experience in Myanmar (in Yangon) and Thailand (around Chiang Mai).


Naoko IIOKA was a Visiting Research Fellow at the center. Her research interest is in early modern cross-cultural trade and Chinese diaspora across East and Southeast Asia. She received her MA from Chulalongkorn University and PhD from National University of Singapore. She has worked on the translations of Tosen fusetsu-gaki for Vietnam and on Chinese maritime networks in East and Southeast Asia.

Nicholas CHAN

Nicholas Chan, research officer at the Centre, received his Masters Degree in Asian Studies from the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. He manages NSC's website and social media platforms and assists with the editing of NSC publications. Nicholas has extensive experience in conducting socio-political research on Malaysian politics, state, and society. He is interested in policing issues, government and politics in Southeast Asia, and political violence.


Noburu Karashima is Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo, and one of the world's leading experts on the history of Tamil Nadu and Tamil culture. He was educated at Tokyo University and later taught and researched at the University of Tokyo, Tokyo University of Foreign Students and Taisha University. In 1995, he was awarded the Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize, while in 2003, the Japan Academy Prize was conferred upon him. His major publications include: History and Society in South India: The Cholas to Vijayanagar (Oxford University Press, ed., 2001); Ancient and Medieval Commercial Activities in the Indian Ocean: Testimony of Inscriptions and Ceramic-sherds (Taisha University, ed., 2002); and Ancient to Medieval: South Indian Society in Transition (Oxford University Press, 2009).


Peter Borschberg is an Associate Fellow at NSC. He ordinarily serves a member of the History Department at the National University of Singapore and through his association with the Baltic Borderlands global history project (IRTG 1540) also as a Guest Professor in Modern History at the University of Greifswald. Peter has been working on Europe-Asian interaction between the 16th and 19th centuries with a focus on the Singapore and Melaka Straits. Among his most important publications are his two monographs, The Singapore and Melaka Straits (2010), Hugo Grotius, the Portuguese and Free Trade in the East Indies (2012) as well as the two annotated source translations The Memoirs and Memorials of Jacques de Coutre (2014) and Journal, Memorials and Letters of Admiral Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge (2015). At NSC Peter is finishing up a book titled Admiral Matelieff’s Singapore and Johor, c.1606-1616 and editing a series of texts translated from the Portuguese that touch on Singapore and the Johor River towns between 1511 and c.1590.

Prasenjit DUARA

Prasenjit Duara is Visiting Professorial Fellow at ISEAS; Raffles Professor of the Humanities and Director of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore and Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books on Chinese and East Asian history including Culture, Power and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 (1988), which won the Fairbank Prize of the AHA and the Levenson Prize of the AAS. His other books are Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern (2003), Rescuing History from the Nation (1995), The Global and the Regional in China’s Nation-Formation , (Routledge 2009) and an edited volume on Decolonization (Routledge, 2004). His work has been widely translated into Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Duara has also contributed to volumes on historiography and historical thought including “Transnationalism and the Challenge to National Histories,” in Re-thinking American History in a Global Age , ed. Thomas Bender (2002). At present he is working on Religion and Citizenship in Asia and Hong Kong during the Cold War.