Faculty and Staff


Goh Geok Yian (Associate Professor)


Telephone: 6513 8163
Email: gygoh@ntu.edu.sg

Mailing Address
Nanyang Technological University
School of Humanities
48 Nanyang Avenue, HSS-05-09
Singapore 639818



Goh Geok Yian is a historian and archaeologist of premodern Southeast Asia with a particular focus on Myanmar, Indonesia,​ and Singapore.  

Goh Geok Yian first became involved with archeology in Singapore as an undergraduate student in the early 1990s. Her primary expertise is in the areas of archaeology and early history of Southeast Asia, although her research interests are broad and reflect influences from a multiplicity of disciplines: archaeology, anthropology, art history, history, and literary studies. She is currently carrying out a multi-year project in Myanmar and Singapore funded by the Singapore Ministry of Education. This project involves the analysis of artifacts excavated from the ‘palace sites’ in Bagan, the training of students and staff from the University of Yangon and Myanmar Ministry of Culture, and surveys and test excavations. Goh Geok Yian is also continuing her research in Singapore archaeology, focusing presently on the analysis of materials excavated from two sites: Fort Canning Spice Gardens and St. Andrew’s Cathedral. She is also translating Burmese and Chinese historical and literary works.

Future Plans

Goh Geok Yian is currently looking for doctoral students who are interested in studying premodern Southeast Asian archaeology, history and art history, especially Myanmar and Indonesia or any subjects related to Southeast Asian historiography and literary traditions. Please feel free to get in touch.

Selected Publications

  • ​The Wheel-Turner and His House: Kingship in a Buddhist Ecumene (Northern Illinois University Press, 2015) 
  • ‘Innovation versus Preservation: Heritage Management and Burmese Traditional Performing Arts,’ in John N. Miksic, Goh Geok Yian, and Sue O’Connor (Eds.) Rethinking Cultural Resource Management in Southeast Asia (Anthem Press, 2011).
  • Ancient Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2016) (with John N. Miksic) Forthcoming