Ph.D., Cornell University, 2006
At Rutgers since 2012
002F Van Dyck Hall
I am a historian of Southeast Asia with interests in the related fields of Asian studies, postcolonial studies, and feminist race, gender, and sexuality studies. My first book project concerned colonial politics, gender and race relations, social reforms, anticolonialism, media, and consumerism in twentieth century Burma. My current research is a comparative history of colonial families and intimacies in Burma, Southeast, and East Asia. Drawing on a range of archival, oral, and literary sources, I examine intermarriage, cohabitation, child-rearing, companionship and other forms of affective relations between local and foreign—particularly other Asian—populations. This study explores the effects of European, American, and Japanese colonial projects and nineteenth and twentieth century developments in law, medicine, and science on existing norms and practices of the familial and the intimate. At the same time, it addresses the marginalization of the Japanese empire in critical discussions and theorizations of colonialism in Euro-American academia.
- Refiguring Women, Colonialism, and Modernity in Burma (University of Hawai’i Press, 2011).
- “The Scientific and Hygienic Housewife-and-Mother: Education, Consumption, and the Discourse of Domesticity,” Journal of Burma Studies 14 (2010): 59 – 89.
- “The Modern Burmese Woman and the Politics of Fashion in Colonial Burma,” Journal of Asian Studies 67.4 (2008): 1277 – 1308.
- “The ‘Traditional’ High Status of Women in Burma: A Historical Reconsideration,” Journal of Burma Studies 10 (2005/2006): 51 – 81.
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS
- Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Research Fellowship, National University of Singapore, 2011–2012
- Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, 2011
- Special Subject Research Grant, Toyota Foundation, 2006–2008
- Lauriston Sharp Dissertation Prize, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 2006
- Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellowship, Project for Critical Asian Studies, Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington at Seattle, 2005–2006
- American Historical Association
- Asian Association of Women’s Studies
- Association for Asian Studies
- Berkshire Conference of Women Historians