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PhD, History, Cornell University, 2017

AM, Regional Studies – East Asia, Harvard University, 2011

MA, History, National University of Singapore, 2009

BA (Hons), History, National University of Singapore, 2007

Major Publications

Living with Myths in Singapore. Singapore: Ethos Books, 2017. (Co-editor)

“Defending the Dharma: Buddhist Activism in a Global City-State.” In Singapore: Negotiating State and Society, 1965-2015, edited by Jason Lim and Terence Lee, 143-158. New York: Routledge, 2016.

“Toward a Modern Buddhist Hagiography: Telling the Life of Hsing Yun in Popular Media.” Asian Ethnology 74, 1 (2015): 141-165.

“A Recent Quest for Religious Roots: The Revival of the Guangze Zunwang Cult and its Sino-Southeast Asian Networks, 1978-2009.” Journal of Chinese Religions 41, 2 (November 2013): 91-123.

“Teaching Dharma, Grooming Sangha: The Buddhist College of Singapore.” SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 24, 1 (April 2009): 122-138.

“Buddhism in Singapore-China Relations: Venerable Hong Choon and his Visits, 1982-1990.” The China Quarterly 196 (December 2008): 864-883.

Major Awards, Fellowships and Grants 

Sage Dissertation Fellowship, Cornell University, 2016-2017

Honorable Mention, John A. Lent Prize, Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies, 2015

Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in Buddhist Studies, American Council of Learned Societies, 2015-2016 

Sheng Yen Education Foundation Grant for Ph.D. Dissertation Research, 2014-2015

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association, 2014

Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities, Tan Kah Kee Foundation, Singapore, 2013

Sage Fellowship, Cornell University, 2012-2013

Harvard-Yenching Institute Doctoral Scholarship, 2011-2012

Harvard-Yenching Institute RSEA Fellowship, 2009-2011

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