Dr. Huebner has commenced a two-year appointment as a Research Fellow in the Inter-Asia Engagements cluster with effect from July 2016.
Stefan Huebner is a historian of colonialism, modernization, and development policy. He was awarded scholarships and fellowships at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, DC), the German Historical Institute Washington, DC, and the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo. Prior to joining ARI, he was a postdoc at Bundeswehr University Munich (Germany). He received his Ph.D. from Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) in 2014 (awarded, after signing the book contract, in 2015). His first book—Pan-Asian Sports and the Emergence of Modern Asia, 1913-1974—was published by National University of Singapore Press in 2016.
His research covered the impact of regional Asian sports events—established by the American YMCA—on the “Western civilizing mission”, muscular Christian ideas, anti-colonial and state nationalisms, pan-Asian aspirations, and Cold War development policy in seven Asian countries.
His second book project is a global history of oceanic colonization projects, which connects offshore oil drilling and mariculture (cultivation of marine organisms) to ideas of architects to build floating city extensions and futuristic floating cities.