ARI SSRC recipients


The Social Science Research Council's Interasia Program Recipients

Since 2012, the SSRC has offered a Transregional Research Fellowship program aimed at supporting and promoting excellence in transregional research under the rubric InterAsian Contexts and Connections. These fellowships serve to strengthen the understanding of issues and geographies that do not fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world and to develop new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies. In addition, the fellowships establish structures for linking scholars across disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.


ARI will host four of the 2018 Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellows

Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections

Majed Akhter
Lecturer, Department of Geography, King's College London
Decolonizing Infrastructure: Empire, Expertise, and the Imaginative Geographies of the Colombo Plan, 1950–1973


Shine Choi
Lecturer, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University
Terrible Cultural Diplomacy: Authoritarianism and People Power in the Age of Global Politics


Stefan Hübner
Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
City upon the Sea: Asia's Colonization of the Oceans since the Early Twentieth Century


Mahmood Kooriadathodi
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Netherlands Institute in Morocco & School of Middle Eastern Studies, Leiden University
Afro-Asia-Arab Triangle: Indian Ocean Muslims and the ‘Peripheral Histories’ of Islamic Law


ARI will host two of the 2017 Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellows:

Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections

Jeremy Kingsley
Senior Lecturer, Law, Swinburne University of Technology
Inter-Asian Legalities

Dr Kingsley is hosted by the Inter-Asia Engagements cluster at ARI as a recipient of the SSRC 2017 Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship. Dr Jeremy Kingsley is a legal scholar and anthropologist. He is currently a Senior Lecturer (tenure-track) at Swinburne Law School, Melbourne, Australia. Dr Kingsley received his LLM and PhD degrees in Law at the University of Melbourne and his BA and LLB from Deakin University. He has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at ARI, and then a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute, NUS. He also lectured at Tembusu Residential College, within the Comparative Asian Studies PhD Program. Dr Kingsley’s research has focused upon religious and political authority in Indonesia and how this affects local governance. His work has been published in academic and public affairs journals and his book “Local Governance and Religious Authority in Eastern Indonesia” is forthcoming with Melbourne University Press. While at ARI, he will be undertaking a research project titled: “Inter-Asian Legalities”, which examines transnational corporate lawyers in Jakarta, Dubai and Singapore.


Kah-Wee Lee
Assistant Professor, Architecture and Urban Planning, National University of Singapore
Casino Urbanisms: Networks of Profit and the Architectural Fix

Dr Lee Kah-Wee is hosted by the Asian Urbanisms cluster at ARI as a recipient of the SSRC 2017 Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship. Dr Lee is Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore where he teaches history and theory of urban planning in the Masters of Urban Planning programme. He received his PhD in Architecture (Designated Emphasis on Global Metropolitan Studies) at Berkeley in 2012. In 2013, he was scholar-in-residence at Yale University on a Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation scholarship. Before entering academia, he worked for several years as an architect in the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the national planning authority of Singapore. Dr Lee’s research straddles between the contemporary expansion of the casino industry in Asia and the history of the control of vice. He is particularly interested in how abstract concepts such as morality, citizenship and order become spatialized, and his work has covered a range of experts from architects, place-managers and planners to financial analysts and lawyers. He has published in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Environment and Planning A and C and Geoforum, and is currently working on a manuscript tentatively titled “Las Vegas in Singapore”. Dr Lee is a co-founding member of the Southeast Asia Architecture Research Collaborative housed in NUS, as well as a member of the Tan Kah Kee International Society which organizes events related to youth and education. While at ARI, he will be working on a project that examines casino development in Singapore, Macau and Manila as interconnected sites of spectacular urbanization and surplus capital extraction. He will trace how industry players strategize new frontiers of expansion by mapping demographics and mobility and building new alliances through legal, extralegal and illegal channels of influence.


For additional details, please check the SSRC website - Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections