Our Vision for Research

Yale-NUS College aims for excellence in the creation and transmission of knowledge. We envision research as a core activity that contributes to teaching excellence in our community of learning.

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Ethnography—involving participant observation in local communities, informal and formal interviewing, detailed field notes, and visual and other forms of documentation—is the hallmark of the anthropological research enterprise. Anthropologists at Yale-NUS engage in this type of immersive, field-based ethnography in a variety of global sites, ranging from the Caribbean to Southeast Asia. In particular, Yale-NUS Anthropology faculty are Asia specialists, with major ongoing projects in China, Japan, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. Our areas of research specialisation are diverse and far-ranging; they include gender and sexuality, education, religion, race and ethnicity, economy, migration, health and medicine, science and technology, politics, violence, and human rights, among many other social and cultural issues. Several of our faculty work with cognate fields (e.g., Global Affairs), and contribute to other programmes (e.g., Gender Research Cluster).


Arts and Humanities

The Arts and Humanities faculty at Yale-NUS College engage in diverse research that covers a broad range of areas, namely art history, arts administration, art practice, art education, music, museums, performing arts, publishing, writing, academia, and journalism. Our areas of specialisation encompass a global context and engage in interdisciplinary fields.

Research Areas

Art History

Nozomi Naoi, Maria Taroutina

Performing Arts

Suyin Chew, Chee Keng Lee

Studio Arts

Yanyun Chen, James Jack, Tom White

Creative Writing

Carissa Foo, Heidi Stalla,  Lawrence Ypil,



Economics is a diverse field, and we have that diversity represented here at Yale-NUS. Our scholars at Yale-NUS work on a wide range of areas, covering all categories of the traditional distinctions between micro and macro, empirical and theoretical. In terms of methodology, we are as diverse as economics itself, using surveys, experiment, and administrative data in our empirical work, as well as numerical and a variety of tools in our analytical work. Policy relevance is the common feature across all of our research. Predictably, we have a broad regional interest as we are interested not only in policy questions relevant to the economies of Asia, but also questions of global reach, such as climate change policy.

Research Areas

Applied Theory, Law and Economics

Joanne Roberts

Climate Change and Inequality

Francis Dennig

Development Economics

Yu-Hsiang Lei

Economics of the Family, Matching

Eugene Choo

Labour Economics, Economics of Education

Xing Xia


John Driffill

Search and Matching, Economics Theory

Lam Wing Tung

International Trade and Economic Growth

Liuchun Deng

Economic History and Development Economics

Pei Gao

Environmental Economics & Labour Economics

Ran Song

Economic and Financial History, International Trade and Finance

David Jacks

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Environmental Studies

Faculty in Environmental Studies at Yale-NUS explore the depth, breadth, implications and risks of the human perturbation of natural systems from a variety of perspectives. Our work rests in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and spans fields and disciplines as we seek to understand the varied erosions of ecosystem resilience, natural beauty, political foresight and social accountability. We conduct ecological research on natural and managed systems, explore the varied dimensions of natural and anthropogenic hazards and risk, investigate global climate policy and energy technology, interrogate the underpinnings of consumer society and sustainable consumption, investigate narratives of alternative futures, and unpack sometimes hidden elements of agrarian change. We seek with our research to illuminate alternative trajectories for human well-being that value natural systems, human prosperity, and socio-technical arrangements for environmental sustainability.

Research Areas

Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology

Eunice Tan

Climate Change, Environmental Literature, Environmental Humanities, Environmental Movements

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

Critical Agrarian and Food Studies, Political Ecology, Ecological Economics

Marvin Montefrio

Marine Ecology; Marine Conservation; Marine Biodiversity and Evolution

Benjamin Wainwright

Environmental Activism, Environmental Governance, The Politics of Development

Yew Wei Lit

Environmental Policymaking, Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production

Michael Maniates

Geophysical Systems, Natural Disasters

Brian McAdoo

Microbial Ecology; Environmental Pollution

Stephen Pointing

Plant Ecology, Restoration Ecology

Michiel Van Breugel


Global Affairs

Global Affairs faculty at Yale-NUS investigate the relationships across and within states, economies, and societies in our rapidly globalizing world. We are a community of social scientists who study the causes and consequences of globalization, migration, international development, international security and conflict, ethnic politics, human rights violations, global governance, and other global issues and challenges. Our research draws on multiple methodological approaches, and combines theoretical and empirical analyses that can be used to inform policymaking.

Research Areas

Globalisation, Identity and Development

Anju Paul, Aditya Ranganath, Risa Toha

International Politics, Security and Conflict

Trisha Craig, Chin-Hao Huang, Rohan Mukherjee, Steven Oliver, Navin RajagobalCatherine Sanger



Historians at Yale-NUS engage in historical research with global dimensions. Ranging from the ancient, to the medieval and early modern, and to the contemporary, we excavate and explore a diverse range of sources, illuminating thematic connections between peoples, ideas, cultures, and societies. Our spatial expanse is global, from strengths in Asia (East, Southeast and South), the Middle East, Europe (Western and East-Central), and the Americas. Many of us engage in interdisciplinary research in cognate fields, through college research clusters, as well as regional and global research networks.

Research Areas

Economic World

Emanuel MayerMate Rigo, Christine Walker


Emanuel MayerMate RigoNaoko ShimazuChristine Walker

India and Southeast Asia, History of Singapore, South Asian Diaspora

Tan Tai Yong

Intellectual World

Scott Cook, Taran Kang, Sureshkumar Muthukumaran

Migration and Movements

Claudine Ang, Emanuel Mayer, Mate RigoChristine Walker

Performative World

Claudine Ang, Naoko Shimazu, Wannes Dupont

Bodies, Genders and Sexualities

Wannes Dupont


Life Sciences

The Life Sciences encompass an enormous range of questions about the mechanisms of life, ranging in scale from the actions of individual molecules to the behaviour of entire ecosystems. Diverse approaches are employed to address these questions, whether in the laboratory, in the field, or on computers. Our research in life sciences at Yale-NUS College reflects this diversity, with interests in genomics, biochemistry, development, animal behaviour, neurobiology and more.

Research Areas


Jan Gruber

Animal Behaviour

Philip Johns, Sebastian Pohl


Neil Clarke, Hoon Eng Khoo


Nicholas Tolwinski


Philip Johns, Antonia MonteiroWilliam Piel, Sebastian Pohl

Genomics and Systems Biology

Neil Clarke

Metabolic Modelling

Maurice Cheung 

Neuroscience and Behaviour

Ajay Mathuru

Physics and Evolution of Animal Colouration

Vinod Saranathan

Spider Behaviour and Systematics

William Piel



The literature faculty at Yale-NUS represent a distinctive diversity of linguistic, cultural, and historical traditions, and a multiplicity of approaches. In addition to global Anglophone literature, our interdisciplinary faculty research areas are based in Chinese Studies, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Near Eastern Studies, Renaissance Studies, and the Global South. Recent publications include monographs on the poetics of ruins in Renaissance literature; on literature and political engagement since Nietzsche; on the Roman imperial poet Manilius and Roman Astrology; and articles on the posthuman in Qing speculative fiction, and contemporary philological practice. Our faculty collaborate on campus in a variety of research clusters, and are active internationally in their respective fields.

Research Areas

Chinese Studies

Scott Cook, Shaoling Ma

Classical Studies

Steven Green, Mira Seo

Comparative Literature

Geoffrey Baker, Nienke Boer, Kevin Goldstein, Gretchen Head, Andrew Hui, Shaoling Ma

Creative Writing

Heidi Stella

Global Anglophone Literature

Nienke Boer, Carissa Foo, Jane Nardin, Rajeev Patke, Heidi Stella

Global South

Nienke Boer, Gretchen Head

Hispanic Studies and Applied Linguistics

Eduardo Lage-Otero

Near Eastern Studies

Gretchen Head

Renaissance Studies

Andrew Hui


Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Sciences

Our faculty pursue research in pure and applied mathematics, theoretical and applied computer science, pure and applied statistics, as well as in directions that connect them. Their fields of expertise include, but are not restricted to, real and complex analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations, combinatorics, commutative algebra, harmonic analysis, topology, dynamical systems, celestial mechanics, mathematical modeling, complex systems, computer languages, software security, computer vision, human-computer interaction, machine learning, pattern formation, data science, statistical inference, and Bayesian statistics.

Research Areas

Algebraic, Geometric and Topological Combinatorics

Matthew Stamps

Algebraic Topology, K-theory

Jon Berrick

Bayesian Statistics, Biostatistics

Maria De Iorio

Computer Vision, Deep Learning

Robby Tan

Distributed Systems, Verification, Programming Languages

Ilya Sergey

Harmonic Analysis, Wavelets

Andreas Heinecke

Machine-Checked Proof, Semantics, Security

Aquinas Hobor

Mathematical Modelling, Complex Systems

Michael Gastner

Eigenvector Localisation, Spectral Invariance, Banach Algebras

Tim Wertz

Partial Differential Equations, Spectral Theory

David Smith

Performance Evaluation and Optimization

Bruno Bodin

Programming Languages

Olivier Danvy



The cultural traditions research programme of the philosophy faculty at Yale-NUS College is distinctive for its broad range of coverage, which includes European, Chinese, and Indian philosophy. The programme emphasises deepening our understanding of these traditions, and bringing them into productive dialogue. The topical areas research programme of the philosophy faculty at Yale-NUS College is concerned with the perennial topics that every tradition and era in philosophy return to: what can we know, how should we live, what are the most fundamental kinds of things that exist, and many others.

Research Areas

Ancient Greek Philosophy

Amber Carpenter, Matthew Walker

Contemporary European Philosophy

Simon Duffy

Early Modern European Philosophy

Simon Duffy, Sandra Field, Cathay Liu


Neil Mehta


Amber Carpenter, Matthew Walker, Robin Zheng


Robin Zheng

Indian Philosophy

Amber Carpenter, Malcolm Keating

Language, Philosophy of

Malcolm Keating


Andrew Bailey

Philosophy of Mind

Andrew Bailey, Neil Mehta

Political Philosophy

Sandra Field, Robin Zheng

Philosophy of Religion

Andrew BaileyPaul Gallagher

Philosophy & History of Science

Simon Duffy, Cathay Liu


Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics faculty at Yale-NUS conduct research across a variety of empirical and theoretical topics, with strengths in political theory and comparative politics, as well as economics and philosophy. For faculty research interests in economics and philosophy, refer to respective majors.


Physical Sciences

Our current faculty comprises two theoreticians interested in building realistic models for important quantum systems, including those relevant for quantum computation and future low energy electronics, and four experimentalists who design and develop functional materials for use in electronics, sensing, catalysis, energy harvesting and various biomedical applications. In addition to our laboratories at the Yale-NUS campus, our research groups can be found at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), the Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM) and the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) – all within a 15 minute walk from Yale-NUS campus.

Research Areas

Design of Photo-Switchable Catalytic Molecules

Stanislav Presolski

Disorder, Topology and Interactions in 2D Materials

Shaffique Adam

Fundamental studies of environmental catalysis and molecular self-assembly

Steven Lynn Bernasek

Many Body Problems and Collective Excitations in 2D Materials

Aleksandr Rodin

Microscopy, Radiobiology, and Diamond Electronics

Andrew Bettiol

Noise and its Mitigation for Quantum Computation

Hui Khoon Ng

Observational Radio Astronomy and Galaxy Evolution

Chelsea Electra Sharon

Quantum Phases and Many-Body Dynamics in Ultracold Atoms

Ben Andrew Olsen

Self-assembly of Peptides and Bioorganometallics

Kiat Hwa Chan



Our researchers strive to understand, and often to improve, how humans think, feel, and act. To do so, we use a variety of methods, ranging from observation to focused training, and from behavioural measures to neural ones.

Research Areas

Clinical Psychology

Keng Shian-LingVania Yip Ting

Cognitive Psychology

Christopher Asplund

Developmental Psychology

Cheung Hoi Shan, Hae Yeon Lee


Chris AsplundJean Liu

Social Psychology

Paul O’KeefeJean Liu, Vania Yip Ting, Smrithi Prasad


Urban Studies

We are an multi-disciplinary group of scholars whose research focusses on various aspects of urban and regional development. We are committed to extending the current understandings through comparative frameworks that highlight the relevance of Asian and other non-Western urban and wider settlement conditions.

Research Areas

Design & Environment

Joshua Comaroff, Justin Stern, Valentina Zuin, Chaewon Ahn

Politics and Public Policy

Chua Beng HuatJustin Stern, Ricardo Cardoso, Chaewon Ahn, Ho Kong Chong

Society & Culture

Ho Kong Chong, Chua Beng Huat, Jane M Jacobs, Sneha Annavarapu, Chaewon Ahn, Joshua Comaroff

Transnational and International Development

Ricardo Cardoso, Valentina Zuin, Sneha Annavarapu, Justin Stern